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Samsung Galaxy Tab S goes on sale 4 July from £319

Samsung's posh new tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, will hit shelves on Friday 4 July in the UK – the end of next week.

Both 8.4in and 10.5in versions of the tablet will be available from various online and bricks and mortar retailers, including John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons, along with Samsung Experience Stores, naturally.

Ines van Gennip, Marketing Director for Samsung UK & Ireland, commented: "Combining the market's most advanced display technology, Super AMOLED, with a beautifully sleek design, the Galaxy Tab S is a game-changer for the mobile industry and we're proud to be leading the way. Offering an unrivalled visual and entertainment experience, unique features and a range of premium content in our thinnest model yet, the Galaxy Tab S is a must-have mobile device and we're delighted to introduce it to our customers."

Samsung is pushing the display quality aspect hard, and this isn't mere marketing bluster, either. In our hands-on with the device, we noted that the screen "delivers jaw-dropping images with vivid colours that must be seen to be believed". The 2,560 x 1,600 resolution doesn't hurt, either.

The Tab S is also very thin (6.6mm) and light, with a chunky battery – 7,900mAh in the larger slate – plus an ultra-power saving mode that should help this slate last quite some time away from the charger.

Options include Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/LTE, and 16GB or 32GB storage (but microSD can be used to expand that by up to 128GB). The 8.4in version will start at £319, and the 10.5in model at £399, putting them on a par with Apple's iPad range in terms of pricing.