In a new report, Samsung’s rumored AMOLED tablet range has been given the name Galaxy Tab S, plus it’s said the new devices will come equipped with a fingerprint sensor built into the home button. Samsung may utilize this for a clever multi-user login system. The news comes from SamMobile.com, where we’re told to expect two different Galaxy Tab S tablets, one with an 8.4-inch screen and the other with a 10.5-inch display.
If it’s accurate, the Galaxy Tab S tablets will be Samsung’s first models to use AMOLED screens since the Galaxy Tab 7.7, released several years ago. It could be going all out with the resolution too, and a pixel count of 2560 x 1600 is suggested. This would be higher than we’ve ever seen on such large AMOLED panels.
Samsung installed a fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5 smartphone, and it may do the same with the Galaxy Tab S tablets. SamMobile says the sensor will be fitted inside the home button, just like the Galaxy S5, which should mean Samsung isn’t going to stray far from its established tablet designs. It’s mentioned the fingerprint sensor will be used for the same payment and unlocking features as the S5, but also that it’ll have a special multi-user option. Useful for families, the tablet will recognize the fingerprint being used to unlock the device, and load up the correct profile without the need to fiddle around with usernames and passwords.
While the Tab S tablets are expected to look similar to the Galaxy Tab 4, it’s possible the perforated rear panel seen on the S5 will be used too. Other rumored features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, an infrared blaster, Android 4.4 installed, and the choice of a Wi-Fi or 4G LTE model. Interestingly, the Galaxy Tab S tablets may use an Intel modem combined with a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Samsung’s return to AMOLED tablets. In early April, a pair of unknown tablets passed through the FCC, and were linked with models spotted in benchmarking tests using 8-inch and 10-inch screens, with 2560 x 1600 pixels, and powered by Samsung’s octa-core chips.
The latest news has given us more details on the hardware, but still hasn’t provided any information on when they’ll be officially revealed.