Samsung Galaxy S4 Tab, Just like last year’s Galaxy Tab S3, is an attempt to hit the right notes in the sea of multipurpose 2-in-1 tablets.
At a press event in Manhattan, New York – Samsung Electronics announced the all-new Galaxy Tab S4.
Before a rundown on whom and how it competes with, let’s take a look at all the goodies and specs it has up its sleeves.
What does the new Galaxy Tab S4 offer?
The Galaxy Tab S4 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED (2560×1600) display that possesses a pixel density of 287 PPI. Whereas, a 16:10 screen ratio defines the frame size of the visuals on a super bright screen with rich and deeper blacks.
Strikingly, the overall dimensions of the tablet are similar to its predecessor. However, narrowed-down bezels now account for larger screen size in the similar-sized outer shell.
To complete the media consumption experience, Samsung has thrown in quad-speakers which come tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos technology.
Powering the new Tab S4 is the previous-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that features 4 cores. Although the Samsung knows how strong the competition it is going to get from its closest rival Apple, seeing them opt for a chipset that will become obsolete soon is ridiculously disappointing.
The Galaxy Tab S4 packs 4GB of RAM along with 64GB or 256GB storage options. Thankfully, the storage capacity is expandable up to 400 GB using a microSD card.
The expandability of memory is one criterion that most of the Android tablets excel over the Apple iPad lineup since the latter lacks anything beyond the inbuilt storage.
The unlocking and safety mechanism on the tab is limited to face and iris scanning technology. There is no fingerprint sensor to be found on the device.
Other core features on the device include 13MP and 8MP cameras at the back and front sides respectively, Android 8.1 Nougat operating system along with a 7300mAh battery that supports fast charging.
The new Galaxy Tab S4 is the first tablet to come with Samsung DeX.
This is the key area which differentiates the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 from rest of the rivals and put it in a league very close to where the Apple iPads reside.
The adoption of Samsung DeX makes it possible to have a desktop-like experience on the tablet itself. This allows users to open multiple windows with a desktop-style pattern with the onboard Android apps.
Precisely, you can open 20 app windows simultaneously to achieve greater levels of productivity, just like a user would experience on a proper desktop PC. Resizing the windows is also possible as per the need of a user.
A user can switch to Samsung DeX using separately sold Book Cover Keyboard or from the Quick Panel itself. Samsung’s keyboard is magnetically connected. It utilizes the tablet’s pin-connector to attach itself onto the device. Further, the Samsung DeX expands to an external monitor by using an HDMI to USB Type-C adapter.
Samsung S-Pen comes included in the box, just like its Galaxy Note series counterpart.
The S-Pen offers the ability to use various creative and artistic features, such as taking notes using Screen-Off Memo feature, maximizing capabilities of Samsung Notes app, or send messages through Samsung Live Message functionality.
Similarly, S-Pen’s Translate function allows for the translation of complete phrases or individual words with just a swipe of the S-Pen.
For years, Android tablet manufacturers have struggled badly against the Apple iPads. From lack of tablet-optimized apps, to the decreasing overall consumer interest in the market, the fate of Android tablets is stung by numerous factors lately.
Samsung being above the rest of the Android tablet rivals, had a chance to do the things in an even better fashion. And in some way, it succeeds to do so.
At a starting price point of $650, you’d expect to see a tablet that runs on Windows OS. At least that is what we can conclude from the recently launched Microsoft Surface Go. Not that it is necessary, this would be the nail in the coffin as the cheaper iPad variants that come without an Apple Pencil already occupy a large market share.
While for the same price, you don’t exactly get an iPad Pro, the Samsung’s offering tries to achieve the latter capability at a significantly lower price.
But the question that arises is whether spending $650 on an Android tablet is worth it, even while it ups itself with add-ons like DeX functionality and an S-Pen.
Now when Microsoft’s Surface Go is already here, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has some serious competition with the former along with a number of cheap and affordable devices running on Chrome OS.