Samsung’s latest iPad-challenger tablets, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4, will ship on September 23 and appear in retail stores on September 26.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S was a beauty back in July when Samsung revealed it before an enthusiastic crowd. The Korean manufacturer, being dubbed the King of displays, took to the stage with its “Tab into Color” campaign to show why, once again, consumers should pay attention to its own expertise on displays and not give in to the Apple iPad. This time, however, Samsung amazed the crowd on all fronts.

Samsung’s feature-packed experience is nothing new (though always exciting) to its user base, and the Tab S didn’t disappoint. With a new feature allowing users to answer phone calls on their tablet even if their Galaxy smartphone is on the charger, Samsung provided more features to allow its users more flexibility with life. To add to this, however, Samsung decided to take some powerful blows at Apple’s iPad.

One commendation the iPad has received consistently year after year is that it is, to use Apple’s never-ending mantra, “thin, light, and fast.” Samsung’s rival fruit company has always boasted that its devices are “thinner, lighter, and faster” than those of its competitors. And, if you’ve ever been into a local Best Buy to handle a Galaxy Note tablet; however, you’ll find yourself agreeing with Apple.

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Well, you may not have an incentive to agree anymore. Samsung’s newest Galaxy Tab S tablet is thinner than the iPad at just a little over a pound, while the Tab S 8.4, the company’s 8-inch model, is a little less than half a pound. Both are about 0.25 inches thick, meaning that your mobile tablet experience just turned more portable than ever. Both the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 feature a near-Quad HD resolution, with the Tab S 10.5 coming in at a whopping 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and the Tab S 8.4 featuring a 2,460 x 1,440 pixel resolution (near Quad HD though not exactly). The duo also feature 3GB of RAM and Samsung’s octa-core processor called Exynos 5.

AT&T has both tablets up for pre-order, with the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 costing $629 off-contract, $529 with a two-year agreement, and $31.50 per month for 24 months on something like an AT&T Next early upgrade plan. The Tab S 8.4 will cost $529 off-contract, $429 with a two-year agreement, or $26.50 per month for 24 months with the AT&T Next early upgrade plan.

Both devices feature 8MP back cameras, a nice experience to the usual 5MP back cameras that are just plain horrible when you want excellent photos. Both devices feature an array of perks that Samsung offers with a number of devices, but the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 models come with a free year of Marvel comics, not to mention 1080p streaming for Netflix movies and TV shows.

While AT&T is offering the Wi-Fi + LTE models, keep in mind that Samsung is also selling its Wi-Fi-only models that will cost $399 (Tab S 8.4) and $499 (Tab S 10.5). Samsung placed these tablets on sale in the US in August, but AT&T’s LTE models are close to arrival.

Were you impressed by Samsung’s Tab into Color campaign? Do you like the fact that these tablets are thin and light? Do you think Apple’s next iPad Air announcement will have to stress something other than “thin, light, and fast”?

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