Daily Archives: June 13, 2014
Samsung Introduced S Series Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablets with AMOLED Display Fingerprint Scanner
“The Tab S range comes in two options with 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch displays”
The leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung is bringing its smartphone strategy to slates by offering multiple options to choose from. After the affordable Galaxy Tab range and the high-end Galaxy Note/PRO series, it has revealed an entirely new Galaxy Tab S series targeted at the premium segment. The new range was showcased today at the Samsung GALAXY PREMIERE 2014 event and it includes the duo of Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
As far as the design goes, both slates are extremely svelte and lightweight, as the leaks suggested. The 8.4-inch variant tips the scale at 294g (298g for the LTE model), while the 10.5-inch tablet weighs 465g (467g for the LTE-compatible version). The devices are encased in 6.6mm slim bodies and available in white and bronze. The slates also get a few features from the brand’s flagship Galaxy S5 (review | FAQs). The rear of the slates have a dimpled texture. The leaked images also proved to be true as the slate’s home button doubles up as fingerprint scanner. On top of the biometric aspect, the device has a multi-user mode bringing personalised home screens to different users.
As per their respective names, the Tab S 8.4 features a 8.4-inch display, whereas the bigger sibling gets a 10.5-inch screen. These are the first tablets in the world to feature Super AMOLED displays, which according to the company, should offer wider colour range, deep contrast, adaptive display and better outdoor visibility. The screens offer an aspect ratio of 16:10, and bear WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600 pixels), resulting in pixel density of 359ppi for the Tab S 8.4 and 288ppi for the Tab S 10.5. Adaptive display is Samsung’s proprietary technology that automatically adjusts the sharpness, brightness and more to deliver better experience while using the UI, eBook reader, Browser, Video, video calls, etc. on the devices. There are three display modes in the form of Cinema mode, Photo mode and Basic mode.
Similar to most of its devices lately, the Tab S series will be launched in two versions. The LTE variant will be fuelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz, whereas the Wi-Fi version will pack Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC with two quad-core clusters of 1.9GHz Cortex A-15 and 1.3GHz Cortex A-7 chips. All the devices get a generous 3GB RAM to ensure that things remain smooth and lag-free. For storage, the slates will be offered in 16 and 32GB options along with the ability to add more up to 128GB via microSD card slot.
For imagery, the devices boast 8-megapixel primary shooters and 2.1MP cameras at the front. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sips power from a 4,900mAh battery, whereas a beefier 7,900mAh unit drives its bigger sibling, the Tab S 10.5. The duo runs Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz layer on top. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi ac MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Infrared and optional LTE compatibility.
Apart from the brilliant hardware, the South Korean giant is also publicising the software excellence of the Tab S devices. The tablets offers Samsung MILK music streaming service (available in US only), WatchON for providing video-on-demand to users along with the usual features like Multi Window and Private Mode. The slates also have a Kids mode, allowing users to share them with their children. The Remote PC allows you to remotely access your PC The brand is also taking its Magazine UX home screen to the next level with Content Home, which now offers news, videos and a briefing widget showing the user’s schedule, documents and more at one place. Another interesting feature is Sidesync 3.0 that can transfer phone calls from Galaxy smartphones to the Tab S, similar to Apple’s continuity feature added in the upcoming iOS 8. Papergarden provides popular interactive magazines such as GQ, National Geographic and Vogue. There’s also a Galaxy Gifts widget listing exclusive offers or freebies such as subscription for Economist magazine, Marvel Unlimited account as well as games like Asphalt and Cut the Rope 2. My Library offers free songs, books and even movies to the user. Samsung has also partnered with Netflix (not available in India) and YouTube to deliver full HD video content to these slates.
Accessories include covers in the form of a Simple Cover and Book Cover along with a Bluetooth keyboard. The manufacturer is also advertising the fact that these accessories don’t add any bulk or thickness to the tablets.
While the exact launch details and pricing haven’t been divulged, especially info about the global release, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will go on sale in US starting next month. The retail price of the 8.4-inch slate would be $399, while the 10.5-inch model will cost $499 for the Wi-Fi only variants. On one side, the new tablets seem to be just a way of populating its tablet portfolio, however the brand has surely differentiated the Tab S range in terms of sleek design, visually-rich displays and software goodies. Moreover, the brand’s strategy of multiple variants have paid off well, so expectations of similar success in the tablet segment may not be too far fetched.
SwiftKey, arguably the premier keyboard app on Google Play, is now free. Thanks to Apple announcing the latest version of their iOS operating system will include a keyboard that features predictive typing (one of the key features that made SwiftKey the popular keyboard app that it has become), anyone can experience what it feels like to type comfortably and quickly on a touch-screen keyboard. Download SwiftKey keyboard to change your typing experience.
What’s included in SwiftKey’s latest update? Is it the best version of SwiftKey to date? Find out below.
+ The Good
It’s not broken.
The old saying states that, “if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” and it’s the same ideology behind SwiftKey’s latest update.
Yes, users can still expect to be able to send messages by either tapping each letter on the keyboard or swiping their fingers around SwiftKey’s keyboard in order to create words.
Yes, the more you use the keyboard, the better SwiftKey will be able to predict which word you want to use.
And yes, SwiftKey is still able to analyze your sent messages in Gmail, your statuses on Facebook, your Tweets on Twitter, and more in an effort to discover the type of language you use so it can create a customized vocabulary for you the moment you begin using the keyboard.
All of the great features that made SwiftKey stand above the rest of the keyboard apps on Google Play are still here, and the best part?
For Android users that complain about their stock keyboard, they have no reason to complain any longer. With the full version of SwiftKey now free to everyone, everyone has a chance to try SwiftKey risk-free. It’s a keyboard app that has completely changed how many mobile users around the world think about typing on a touch-screen keyboard.
And again, the best news about SwiftKey’s new update? It’s free: absolutely free!
For those that paid for SwiftKey? No problem! SwiftKey is giving away a package of keyboard themes for free to thank everyone for supporting them over the years!
Want to use SwiftKey on multiple devices? No problem! Thanks to SwiftKey’s cloud-sync feature, SwiftKey will remember everything about the way you type no matter which device you are using! SwiftKey is constantly learning more about you, analyzing the way you type, and figuring out the best predictive text to send your way to ensure that you are able to write as quickly as possible.
New themes, an in-app store
It’s a neat addition for those that want to customize their keyboard even more. Transitioning from being a premium app to a freemium app with in-app purchases (IAPs), expect SwiftKey to release more keyboard themes and packages going forward.
– The Bad
It’s actually really hard to find something to complain about with SwiftKey. The only complaint I have is that certain languages do not support certain features. For example, an abundance of languages do not support the ‘smart space’ feature, and a few languages (such as Korean) do not feature SwiftKey’s signature Flow feature. Moreover, Emojis are only supported on Jelly bean and KitKat (4.1 and above). With so many varied users using SwiftKey, it is crucial that SwiftKey fix these problems to ensure that everyone has the same experience no matter where they are or which device they are using!
But that’s being nitpicky. The truth is that SwiftKey is still the best touch-screen keyboard on Google Play, and the fact that it’s free means that every Android user now has the chance to experience an easy-to-use, functional, and comfortable touch-screen keyboard. SwiftKey is the best for a reason, and since it’s free, there’s no excuse to not try it out for yourself!