The Samsung Galaxy Tab S range finally landed last week in 8.4in and 10.5in guises, and the South Koreans are probably right enough when they say these are the best Samsung tablets to date.
But they’re probably being a little too optimistic with their pricing, setting them - perhaps crucially - a tad higher than Apple’s equivalents.
For starters, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with 16GB internal storage comes in at £329. Oddly, that’s exactly £10 more expensive than the iPad mini with Retina display. Why, oh, why?
As for big brother, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 price comes in at £419. Again, that’s with 16GB internal storage, and again that’s pricier than the Apple equivalent – specifically £20 more than the iPad Air. Sweet Moses.
As evidenced by this YouTube video, Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Official First Look and Hands-On, the South Koreans hope to win potential buyers over with a thin, light and portable design. The gold trim we like, but we’re still not sure about that perforated rear, hmm.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, with LCD-punching colours and tones, and high contrast ratio.
Other features not found on the iPads include split-screen multitasking, and multi-user logins with the fingerprint scanner.
Will it be enough to lure people away from the tried and tested iPads? Time will tell…
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 go on sale at PC World and Currys from July 4, with in-store availability the following day.