Despite the number of reports and statistics evidencing the decline in shipment and usage of tablets, Samsung Mobile officially announces its latest addition to its tablet line of product, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
With the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung seeks to improve productivity and redefine the way people use tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a convertible tablet PC that doubles as a standard Android tablet and a makeshift laptop. And thanks to its many powerful features, the Galaxy Tab S4 is up to the task of rivaling convertible tablet flagships from other top brand like the recently launched Microsoft Surface Go.
Before delving to highlight some of the major features of the Galaxy Tab S4, peek some of its basic specs under the header below:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Key Specifications
- 10.5-inch S-AMOLED display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution
- Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset
- 4GB RAM / 64GB /256GB storage (microSD support up to 400GB)
- Quad speakers
- 13-megapixel main camera with flash
- Android Oreo 8.1 laced with Samsung Dex
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- 7,300mAh Lithium Polymer battery
- S Pen
Body and Appearance
The Galaxy Tab S4 comes in a simple, plain, and slate-like design common to many Android tablets out there. The tablet, however, has a premium appearance as it is covered in glass both on the front and rear. While the glass covering improves the aesthetic rating of the device, it retains fingerprint smears which sometimes dulls out the beauty of the tablet.
The lightweight nature of the tablet (weighs 482 grams) is another feature to admire as this would allow for seamless ease of carriage. In addition, at 7.1mm thickness, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 might just be the slimmest tablet PC ever.
On the left side of the tablet, there are four shiny gold metal connecting pin for connecting the tablet to the accessory keyboard and the tablet’s micro SD card slot. On the other (right-hand) side are the volume adjustment buttons, power button, while the 3.5mm audio jack and fast charging USB-C are at the bottom.
Iris Scanner and Facial Recognition
Since the tablet lacks a fingerprint sensor, the options left to unlock the Galaxy Tab S4 are facial recognition and iris scanner. While these may sound innovative, a front-facing fingerprint sensor that doubles as the home button would have been a better option.
Samsung calls the attachable keyboard the ‘Book Cover Keyboard’ because not only is it used for typing, it serves as a tablet case that protects the Galaxy Tab S4 against dirt and shattering from accidental dropping of the tablet.
The keys on the keyboard are smooth but quite small; you might struggle with typing fast and smooth at first but will adapt over time. Another thing is that it lacks a mouse trackpad like the Microsoft Surface Go’s case keyboard. However, the built-in stylus pen or a Bluetooth mouse can serve as a perfect alternative. The keys aren’t backlit as well. And except you have mastered the art of typing on the (or on any) keyboard, you might find it difficult typing at night or in dark rooms.
The Book Cover Keyboard connects to the Galaxy Tab S4 using the POGO connection pins on the lefthand side of the device. Interestingly, there is an on-screen keyboard button on the screen which brings up an Android-like keyboard on the display. If you do not have enough cash to splash on the keyboard case, the on-screen keyboard is perfect, but not for heavy typing tasks.
One major advantage of the Galaxy Tab S4 S-Pen stylus is that it comes with the tablet PC out of the box, saving cost on paying extra cash to purchase it as a standalone accessory.
There is a socket on the left side of the keyboard case which house the S Pen. The S Pen can be used to sketch, draw, paint, sign documents, take screenshots, and a couple of other Air Command features.
The screen is a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display in 16:10 aspect ratio and display resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels (287 ppi density). Bezels are now smaller, saturation is good, contrast is good, colours are good, likewise image crispness.
The Galaxy Tab S4 is powered by Qualcomm’s Octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset and runs the Android Oreo v8.1 operating system out of the box. Laced with Samsung’s Dex interface, be sure to get the best mobile computing and desktop experience. Created by Samsung, Dex is more like a custom desktop version of Android OS.
Storage-wise, the Tab S4 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage which you can crank up a notch by 400GB using micro SD card. There is also a more expensive variant with 256GB built-in storage.
Under the hood is a colossal 7,300mAh battery. The battery capacity might not be as big as that of rival tablets (like the Apple iPad Pro) but it sure can get you through a day’s use before needing to recharge.
Price and Where to buy?
The basic version (4GB/64GB) of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has a base price of $649.99. For $100 more, you can pick up the 256GB model at $749.99, which is a fair deal. The keyboard case as a standalone accessory will cost you an additional $149.
The device is presently available on pre-order on Samsung’s website and will officially go on sale by August 10 on Amazon, Verizon, Best Buy amomg other stores.