Samsung Galaxy Tab S Combines Record Specs, Crucial Content
ANALYSIS: Samsung called the Tab S an "enterprise tablet" at a noon event and showed off loads of consumer goodies at night. It's a flagship for all.Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Tab S, a tablet and new flagship device with which it said it is "proudly putting our flag in the ground." That declaration of victory comes largely thanks to the Tab S's display. While Apple's iPads feature LED displays, the Tab S has a Super AMOLED—the same technology used on its Galaxy S5 and other market-leading smartphones. The display has a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600, or 4 million pixels total, which Samsung said is 30 percent more than the competition. (Read: Apple. The iPad Air has a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536.) At a evening press event at Madison Square Garden in New York City June 12, Michael Abary, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics America, explained that LCDs can't emit light on their own and require layers of materials—glass, filters, liquid crystals and spacers—that block out of some of the light that can reach a user's eyes, as well as add thickness to a device. AMOLED, or active-matrix organic light-emitting diode, technology, however, is a emissive. "So, there's nothing to block the light. It gives you unimpeded details," said Abary, showing side-by-side images—of black and white horses, a detail of a tiger's stripes—on LCD and AMOLED displays. "Every pixel is alive."
AMOLED is also 40 percent less reflective than LCD, "so it really excels when you're using it outdoors," Abary added, insisting that people have the right to a good tablet experience poolside.