Great news for those who wished to purchase a grand tablet. One of India’s most promising telecom brand, Samsung has launched its latest new tablets in India, namely the “Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch” and the “Tab S 8.4-inch screen version”. The company has launched WiFi and 3G supported versions of the tablet for a price of Rs. 44,800 for the 10.5-inch model and Rs. 37,800 for the 8.4-inch model. Where specs and pricing are concerned, it is clearly taking on the iPads in a big way.
The iPad Air with 3G and WiFi starts at Rs. 44,900, while the iPad mini with Retina Display starts at Rs 37,900 for WiFi plus 3G, so where the price gap is concerned with Apple it’s pretty much the same.
Being a premium product, Samsung has kept its prices high. But there is a bit of disappointment in the product as these tablets don’t support LTE in India. While Samsung’s press statement mentioned WiFi and LTE along with pricing, detailed specs revealed that it was FDD LTE and not TDD-LTE that works in India.
When asked if Samsung was planning to launch a 4G version of the tablet in India, Samsung executives said they couldn’t comment on the same.
LTE aside, there’s no doubt that Samsung has also gone after Apple by introducing a brighter Super AMOLED Screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 in both tablets. This is much higher than the iPads which have 2048×1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) for the Air and a 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) resolution for the iPad Mini with Retina Display. It has also upgraded its camera by giving its tablets an 8-megapixel camera in the back and a 2.2 megapixel camera in the front. The iPads are still at 5 megapixel camera in the back and a 1.2 megapixel camera in the front.
Plus both tablets come with a microSD slot with 128 GB limit and thus offer more space for users as against to the iPads which have a fixed 16, 32, 64 GB and 128 GB version.
In terms of size, Samsung’s tablet is only 6.6 mm thick and weight 467 g for the 10.5-inch version, while the 8.4-inch version is also 6.6 thick and weighs 298 g. In comparison to this the iPad Air is marginally heavier at 469 g and is thicker at 7.5mm. The iPad mini with Retina Display is heavier at 308 g and 7.2 mm thick.
Given that tablets have nothing new to offer for users, Samsung’s omission of 4G LTE in India market seems even more glaring and a bit surprising. Granted that where the Indian market is concerned, 4G growth is still sometime to go, though with Reliance Jio launching both Data and Voice for 4G, massive changes are expected by the end of this year.