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Samsung Galaxy Tab S vs. iPads: It's All About The Display

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When it comes to tablets, Samsung wants you to know that it's screen quality that tips the scales. Though Apple (AAPL - Get Report) may have the highly touted Retina Display on its iPads, Samsung has the world's first Super AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display on its new flagship line of Galaxy Tab S devices.

At last night's event in New York, Samsung was clearly proud of the new, super high-resolution displays. Samsung had the Galaxy Tab S tablets sitting side-by-side with iPads, to show off the differences. Both devices had the same photos installed, and in an initial, direct comparison, the new Samsung tablets made the iPads looked washed-out with muted colors and far less detailed.

Samsung launched two, new Galaxy Tab S models to compete with both the iPad Air and iPad mini. Samsung introduced both an 8.4-inch and a 10.5-inch tablet, which both offer Samsung's new WXVGA-level Super AMOLED screen technology. Both sized screens measure 2560 by 1600 pixels, offering full 1080p HD quality - plus a lot more.

By using AMOLED versus LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology, the tablets offer higher contrast, blacker blacks and brighter colors. The new screen also slows battery drain, since the black pixels actually remain turned off on AMOLED screen.

Both tablets will run on Google's (GOOG - Get Report) Android KitKat (4.4) operating system, and will come with eight-core Samsung Exynos processors, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory plus a microSD card expansion slot, 8.0 and 2.1 megapixel cameras on the back and front, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi, stereo speakers and a lot more.

With most Samsung devices, these new tablets will have lots of Samsung-branded software titles, something Samsung calls "premium content." The new Galaxy Tab S models include a Kid's Mode (parents can control everything a child can access), Galaxy Gifts, Papergarden (an online magazine store) and the new music app, store, named Milk.

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