Samsung has it out for the tablet market, and it’s not stopping its release schedule anytime soon. We’ve seen from sales data that Samsung’s constant flooding of the market with new tablets has helped the Korean manufacturer make significant gains over the past year, and now are within just 4% of overtaking Apple as the top tablet provider. This strategy has been achieved by covering nearly every facet and niche of the tablet market, from producing super-cheap tablets in the Galaxy Tab lineup to super premium tablets in the Galaxy Tab Pro line. Now it looks like Samsung’s even more expensive Galaxy Tab S lineup is about to hit store shelves, and will be challenging full-fledged laptops when it comes not only to price but also to specs and features. According to a new leak by @evleaks we should expect to be able to grab a Galaxy Tab S in an unnamed retailer as early as next Friday, 6/13/14.
According to the leak the retailer in question will also include a free case that helps the tablet stand at a 45-degree angle, which is yet another way to challenge the laptop market by attempting to make it easier to type on an angled touchscreen. The interesting thing here is that the Galaxy Tab S series hasn’t even officially been announced, but is scheduled to receive that announcement at Samsung’s “Galaxy Premier” event in New York City on June 12th. That means that said retailer will have the Galaxy Tab S series the very next day after the announcement, which is basically unheard of in an industry where product releases usually trail announcements by a month or two.
The Galaxy Tab S series of tablets are going to come in 8.4 inch and 10.5 inch varieties, and feature an ultra-premium looking and feeling back, as well as Samsung’s newer Tablet-based Magazine UX on the software side. It’ll be based on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat builds, and looks to be almost impossibly thin at 6.6mm for the 8.4-inch variant. The Galaxy Tab S is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 5420 processor, features 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor in the physical home button and a fantastic 1600 x 2560 pixel Super AMOLED screen. This breaks the trend of Samsung including LCD panels in their tablets and AMOLED panels in their smartphones, and brings their lineup to some sort of parity in terms of display quality. We’ve only got a week to go til the official unveiling, so who’s planning on picking one of these new Samsung tablets up when it hits next Friday?