Today Samsung unveiled what is now the fourth generation of the Galaxy Tab line, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet line now consisting of 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch Android tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 have been upgraded to finally run a quad-core processor, in addition to having 50% more RAM and losing some weight, while on the feature side you can now multitask through the Multi Window feature, something that was previously reserved for Samsung high-end tablet line.
Other notable features include Group Play and Samsung Link for sharing content across devices with music, documents and games in realtime. And WatchON for showing multimedia content like movies anywhere. This comes in addition to the IR blaster remote control features and all the other features that were there from before.
The full specifications shows that the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 maintains the 1280 x 800 resolution display with 16:10 screen ratio. It’s a good display and this kind of saves battery, so for most people this will be OK. It comes with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
It now runs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S5 processor at 1.2GHz, which is changed from the 1.6GHz dual-core processor of the predecessor. RAM have increased from 1GB to 1.5GB too. Storage options are 16GB and 32GB options with 64GB microSD card support.
There will be Wi-Fi only and 3G/4G LTE versions available of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. It supports Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 2.0. It has all necessary tablet sensors including GPS and GLONASS.
The cameras on this tablet continue with the same resolution as before, with a 1.3MP front camera and a 3MP rear camera.
The previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 weighed 510 grams, while the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 weighs 487 grams, which makes this the 3rd lightest 10.1-inch Android tablet right now. The thickness is the same however, at just 7.95 mm.
Battery life is always above average with the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s. Samsung have kept the same 6800mAh battery capacity, but a new firmware should improve the battery life a little, with some owners of the Tab 3 reporting on average 11 hours of battery life on average, even if Samsung used to limit itself to claiming just 8 hours of battery life from Wi-Fi browsing on the old model.
The color options are black and white for the standard models, but special limited edition models can feature other colors later on. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will be released on May 1, 2014, but it will be possible to pre-order it from April 24.
The price is $349 at launch for the 16GB model. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is currently selling for $319.
– Tom Bowen