The Galaxy Tab S takes the fight to Apple’s iPad Air in thinness and weight

The latest Samsung tables are expected to hit Canadian stores before the end of the month with something every mobile worker wants: Less to carry.

Samsung said the Galaxy Tab S will be its lightest and thinnest tablets with features for multitasking.

The devices come in two sizes: 8.4-inch and 10.5-in., with WQXGA (2560×1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED displays,

The smaller unit weighs 294 g; while the larger one weighs 465g. (By comparison the iPad Air, with a 9.7-in screen, weighs 469g). These are Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac only versions. Those with LTE weigh slightly more.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets

For business users there’s a Cisco WebEx Meetings app (six months free trial for U.S. buyers) and Hancom Mobile Office for productivity.

Although the official Web site doesn’t say so, at least one media report says both units include Samsung’s Knox security capability for enterprises.

However, there is a built-in fingerprint scanner for secure access.

It runs Android 4.4. Both models have 8 MP rear cameras and twin speakers. There’s a choice of white or titanium bronze.

The company says something called Adaptive Display automatically adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application being viewed, the color temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting.

Pre-set professional modes – AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo – also let users manually adjust the display settings for bright, dynamic results for both video and photo content.

The result is content can be more easily seen outdoors, Samsung says.

Extra-cost accessories include The Book Cover, which can be set to to one of three display angles for viewing, the slimmer Simple Cover; and a slim Bluetooth keyboard.

BestBuy.ca and others are taking advance orders with pickup June 27. The 10.5-in model costs $519.99, while the 8.9-in. costs $419.99.

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