Samsung will be finally announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch next week, but today they’ve got another device to unwrap. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has been showing up in leaks and rumors for a few months. We’ve seen it plenty of times, but now it’s official. Android tablets certainly aren’t as popular as they once were. Samsung keeps pumping them out, regardless. So let’s take a look at their latest Android tablet.
The Galaxy Tabs S4 has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560×1600 resolution. That’s a 16:10 aspect ratio with bezels that are much slimmer than previous models. Samsung’s long-standing physical home button has finally been removed as well. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM. For a device that is supposed to be focused on power and productivity, we would have liked to see the Snapdragon 845.
Samsung is really pushing this device as a PC competitor. It has productivity tools like the S Pen and Samsung DeX. You can use Samsung’s keyboard case or any other Bluetooth keyboard to put the device in DeX mode. Basically, it’s just a more desktop-like UI with windows and a bottom toolbar. Samsung claims it can run up to 20 windows open at a time.
One interesting new feature in this tablet is far-field microphones. This makes it possible to control the device with your voice from a distance. Interestingly, Google Assistant is the assistant of choice here. Bixby was not mentioned and there is no physical Bixby button. We know Bixby 2.0 is launching on the Galaxy Note 9, so Samsung is probably saving the announcement for next week.
The Tab S4 has a beefy 7,300 mAh battery and Samsung claims up to 16 hours of battery life. It comes in two storage sizes: 64GB and 256GB. There will also be an LTE model from Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular. Oh, and if you’re one of those people who take photos with a giant tablet, it has a 13MP camera on the back.
The tablet will be available for purchase on August 10th at Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung.com. Pricing starts at $649.99 for the 64GB model and $749.99 for the 256GB model. Pricing was not shared for the LTE version. Customers who purchase the device from Samsung.com will receive 50% off the Book Cover Keyboard until September 8th. Are you at all interested in this tablet? How about Android tablets in general?