As hard as Samsung might have tried to keep the Super AMOLED-boasting Galaxy Tab S pair under wraps prior to the June 12 “Galaxy Premiere” press event, the high-end slates stopped being a secret a long time ago.
And now the very last piece of the puzzle may have fallen into place, thanks to a reckless Northern European online retailer. Finland’s Multitronic let the pricing cat out of the bag earlier today, confirming Samsung indeed plans to charge extra for extra-crisp displays. Also, fingerprint recognition technology if the Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 will support it, as tipsters claimed.
Whatever the upgrades, the 8.4-inch Tab S is roughly €50 costlier than the “basic” Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. Namely, €449.90 in a Wi-Fi-only flavor, compared to €399. The gap pretty much stays the same as far as 4G-enabled variations are concerned, with the looming AMOLED bad boy evaluated at €563.90 and the “aging” Tab Pro priced at €519.
Meanwhile, the larger 10.5-inch Tab S is poised to start at €563.90, a whopping €75 north of the Tab Pro 10.1’s valuation (€489). Bizarrely, the gap in this particular case shrinks for LTE models, divided by just €63 (€681.90 – €619).
Clearly, just because some obscure Finnish store pulls a few random numbers out of its behind, it doesn’t automatically mean they’re legit and set in stone. Particularly as Multitronic calls attention to shipping dates that make absolutely no sense.
June 5, guys, really? So before the Tab S duo actually breaks cover in an organized fashion? Highly, highly unlikely.
But back to numbers, you must admit they look awfully plausible. Think about it. VAT and other taxes notwithstanding, they’d probably translate into $450, $550, $550 and $650 price tags stateside. All of which sound right to me. Not necessarily fair, but right given Sammy’s greed business sense.
Remember, both the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 are tipped to sport 2,560 x 1,600 pix res screens, octa-core Exynos 5420 chips, 3 GB RAM, 8 MP/2.1 MP cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat out the box. Who’s saving to buy one? Waiting for a Nexus 8 instead?