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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Vs iPad Air specs

Samsung has some new tablets on the way this Summer and finally after the leaks we can say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is now official. It will be available next month and most of you are now eager to find out the conclusion between a Samsung Galaxy Tab S Vs iPad Air specs comparison.

Consumers are expecting big things from Samsung’s latest tablet, especially with Apple heavily expected to introduce a larger iPad of their own with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air 2 model later this year.

With the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 due out in July though for $499, consumers will still be making their main comparisons with Apple’s $499 iPad Air and looking to see which one has the better hardware specs.

With this in mind, we offer a quick glance at what you can expect to see from Samsung’s tablet and how it compares to Apple’s older model.

Processor: Starting with processor, we can confirm that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 processor will run on a Exynos 5 Octa 5420, which offers four cores at 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz. This is different to the iPad Air of course, which instead offers a Apple A7 processor based on a 64-bit architecture.


Display: The Galaxy Tab S will have a 10.5-inch AMOLED display which touts a stunning 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution at 288 ppi. The iPad Air meanwhile features a 9.7-inch Retina IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 pixels and 264 ppi – which isn’t bad considering it’s a lot older than the Tab S.

Camera: Unsurprisingly, the camera on the Samsung tablet outshines the iPad Air being a newer device. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a 8 megapixel camera with LED flash compared to the 5MP shooter on the iPad Air. The Tab S also has a 2.1 megapixel front camera which offers better quality than the 1.2MP front-camera on the iPad Air.

Memory: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S also shines in the memory department, with a whopping 3GB of RAM available compared to the iPad Air which reportedly only offers 1GB of RAM for the same price. Both offer 16GB of onboard storage for $499, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S also offers more memory options with MicroSDXC card.


Battery: In this key category, it looks like the iPad Air is still a great tablet in terms of battery life. The new Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a 7900mAh battery, but the older iPad Air still offers a 8820mAh battery that will keep you going all day on a full charge.

Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab S look more appealing you to on first impressions for the same price as the iPad Air? Don’t forget that Apple will upgrade the iPad range later this year though, whilst still keeping that $499 price.

Let us know what you think of Samsung’s new tablet and how you think it compares to what Samsung has just announced.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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