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Apple iPad Air 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Would The New Device Win?

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In anticipation of the new iPad Air 2 which is Apple’s freshly unveiled tablet, we’ve decided to put it up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Those interested in either one of these devices might want to stick around, as in this article we will be taking a look at both, to see which is actually the better device.

Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S has a 0.26 inch thickness and weighs no more than 465 grams. The Apple iPad Air 2 on the other hand is slimmer, with only 0.24 inches in thickness, and a weight of 437 grams, making it lighter as well.

Moving on to the displays, we see that the Tab S features a 10.5 screen that uses the Super AMOLED technology. The display uses a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 288 ppi pixel density. Its opponent, the Air 2, has a 264 ppi pixel density and a resolution of 1536 x 20148. For its tablet, Apple used a 9.7 inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

Hardware and Software

The Tab S comes in two variants, and the WiFi-only variant has an octa core processor, according to GSM Arena. The Exynos 5 Cortex-A7 processor has a clock speed of 1.9 GHz and 1.3 GHz respectively. There are also 3 GB of RAM included, which tightens this premium configuration even more. The LTE model has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Krait 400. The clock speed that comes with this unit is 2.3 GHz. Apple’s new tablet features the A8 processor, which is a dual core CPU. The RAM is inferior, as the device settles for only 1 GB. Performance increased by 40% if we are to believe all the reports, when compared to the previous processor model.

The Samsung tablet offers 16 and 32 GB variants, while the iPad Air 2 comes with 16, 64 and 128 GB of storage.

For the rear camera, both devices feature an 8 MP lens, while the Galaxy Tab S comes with the superior front facing camera. Its 2.1 MP are better than the 1.2 MP of the iPad Air 2.

While the new iOS8 runs the show for Apple’s new tablet, the new Samsung is using Android KitKat, the latest from Google.

Both devices can be considered ahead of their peers due to the fingerprint scanning technology that both tablets have implemented.

The starting price for Apple’s device is $499, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is priced at around $497 on Amazon.com.