Rumors of a new Samsung tablet have been popping up over the past few months, and now almost all of them have been proven true with the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Tab S is entering the game with the iPad in its cross hairs—like every previous Samsung tablet—but CNET claims this one has a leg up on the competition.

The Build

The Galaxy Tab S will be released in two sizes: an 8.4-inch model and a 10.5-inch model. These will go on sale in early July at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively, going toe-to-toe with the iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air pricing. Both models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be 6.6mm thin and share certain characteristics with the Galaxy S5 phone, like the dimpled back cover.

The Screen

This will be the very first tablet to be built with a Super AMOLED tablet display. According to CNET, “Samsung says the number one thing people do with their tablets is watch video, followed by surfing the Web and social networking.” If their research proves true, then it makes perfect sense to give more attention to the physical presentation of the display. With Super AMOLED technology, the display of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will have a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, which means it will have much crisper blacks while also making other colors that much sharper.

Upgrading Is Cheaper

One selling point that Samsung has firmly in their corner is the upgradable memory. The iPad Air has 16 GB of internal memory, as does the similarly priced model of the Tab S. Unlike the iPad Air, however, the Tab S has a microSD slot that can add up to 128 GB; the 64 GB iPad Air costs $699.

The goal so far has been for the Tab S to overtake the iPad, but as it stands now, its success will be dependent on consumers’ taste and preference. Sure, the design is slimmer, but the alloy body of the iPad compared to the plastic-like cover of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S gives the iPad a much more premium feel than the Tab S. While the Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S can display 97 percent of the Adobe RGB color coverage (the Retina display on the iPad only covers about 70 percent, according to International Business Times), the upcoming iOS 8 has many more tablet-specific applications than Android KitKat.

Which do you think you’d like better: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S or a device from the high-end iPad line?

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