Samsung is expected to soon release yet another premium tablet to rival its own Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro lines, the Galaxy Tab S (or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5). At least that's the general consensus on the slate's surname, if you will.
Based on the leaks we've seen and reports we've heard so far, it seems that only one device in particular with this moniker will be unveiled at an event in New York on June 12. However, said event will take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden, which you generally don't reserve for just one tablet – unless, of course, it's a big, big deal.
Cut to the chase
What is it? A brand new, premium Samsung Galaxy Tab
When will it release? Not long after the June 12 event, we imagine
What will it cost? In line with the Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro series
Samsung Galaxy Tab S release date
Unfortunately, this is the one thing about this tablet that we know little to nothing about. None of the leaks have mentioned anything about when this thing will hit shelves, but given the normal mode for such events, it can't come out long after it's been announced.
That said, we do know the Samsung Galaxy Tab S model name: SM-T800. That might be enough to go on for leakers to dredge up new intel on the device. (Plus, it makes us incredibly excited about the prospect of an SM-T1000.)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S design
Based on the leaks that have run rampant since early May, the Galaxy Tab S will look, well, like every other Samsung tablet to come before it. For fans, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly wouldn't be the most exciting aspect of the device.
It looks like the rear of the device will sport the same pocked plastic shell as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The only difference here looks like two circular indentations on the shell, which are reportedly designed for a proprietary book cover case.
A touch better TouchWiz
Given the critical reception to the much-improved TouchWiz Android overlay, it's safe to expect the same to appear on the Tab S. Recent leaks have even shown the device running Samsung's tablet-friendly magazine interface.
Also, multiple links have corroborated the story that the Tab S will come running Android 4.4.2 KitKat underneath Samsung's skin. And, given the purportedly supreme nature of the slate's spec sheet, we're inclined to agree.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S screen, camera and more
Samsung Galaxy Tab S storage
Like most tablets, word is that the Galaxy Tab S will come in three varieties of storage capacity: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. How much each tier of onboard space will hike the price, however, is a question for another day.
But, again, like most Android mobile devices, this Tab will sport a microSD slot. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly how spacious of a microSD card it will support. Our best guess is on 64GB, and 128GB if Samsung is feeling generous.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S screen
This should make things interesting. If the reports and leaks are true, the Galaxy Tab S will be Samsung's first tablet to tout an AMOLED screen since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. (That device was released many moons ago, in 2012.)
The rumors have it that Samsung's latest tablet will occupy an interesting space: 10.5 inches. But that's not the most interesting revelation – that would belong to the device's 2560 x 1600 pixel count. That would make for a monstrous 288 pixels per inch – surpassing both the iPad Air and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S processor
As scuttlebutt would have it, the Tab S will come touting Samsung's very own octo-core Exynos 5 processor. Broken down, that beast runs four 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. So yeah, it should be handle pushing all of those pixels and then some.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S camera
While you shouldn't be too concerned with the imaging capabilities of something larger than your own head, this Galaxy Tab is looking well-served in the camera department. Leaks have pegged the Tab S with an 8MP shooter around back and a 2MP lens up front. This slate won't be a selfie machine like the Huawei Ascend P7, but it'll do.
What about the other specs?
Ah, yes: the best of the rest. The device is expected to pack 3GB of RAM and a 7,900mAh battery to power all of these beefy components. While all of these leaked new Galaxy Tab documents point to a Wi-Fi-only variant, rumormongers are pointing to 3G and LTE versions as well.