Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Tab

Samsung unveiled its latest tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab S, in New York in front of 1,000 reporters and industry figures last Thursday. It was the first time Samsung held a global event for the release of a new tablet PC.

There are two versions of the Galaxy Tab S -- one has a 10.5-inch screen and the other an 8.4-inch one.

The Wall Street Journal said the "S" in this "name is meant to signal that this is the company's very best. (Fortunately, the best, in this case, won't break the bank.)"

A reporter tries the Samsung Galaxy Tab S after the tablet PC was launched in New York on Thursday. /AP-Newsis A reporter tries the Samsung Galaxy Tab S after the tablet PC was launched in New York on Thursday. /AP-Newsis

The Korean electronics giant is increasing its share of the global tablet market, grabbing about 22.3 percent this year, up from 17.5 percent last year. Apple still rules supreme with a 32.5 percent share.

The Galaxy Tab S has a super AMOLED monitor for extra clarity. With a weight of just 294 g, the 8.4-inch model is lighter than the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Both versions of the Galaxy Tab S are 6.6 mm thick, thinner than the 9.7-inch iPad Air.

The gadget goes on sale worldwide in July, priced at US$499 for the 10.5-inch model and $399 for the 8.4-inch one, similar to the iPad.

When the gadget will hit store shelves in Korea and how much it will cost here is unclear.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 16, 2014 12:02 KST