After 8 months of leaks, Samsung’s new flagship tablet with Android 8.0 was announced today as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is released with Android 8.0, but as we have seen in pre-launch certifications, Tab S4 have been tested with the latest Android 8.1 to be specific.
New features includes DeX which lets users pretty much use the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 as a desktop computer with a mouse and keyboard, where organizing the desktop view and dragging files feels like it does on a Windows pc. It otherwise comes with Samsung’s large suite of apps. And for security, users can log in through iris scanning or face recognition, instead of the old fingerprint sensor, which has been removed. Samsung have also implemented their KNOX security platform on the Tab S4.
The screen grows from 9.7 inches over the Tab S3 to 10.5 inches again, the same size that Samsung started with in the Galaxy Tab S series 4 generations ago, with the same high 2560 x 1600 resolution and a sharp and color accurate Super AMOLED display with deep blacks and a lower battery consumption than regular LCD displays.
Powered by the popular octa-core 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB of RAM, and options of either 64GB of storage for $649 or 256GB of storage for $749, this is generally the most powerful Android tablets on the market right now. It also has the highest maximum microSD card expansion support I’ve seen on any tablet to date, with a 400GB microSD card support.
Attention to detail together with high specs goes hand in hand on Samsung’s flagship tablet with Android, so not only does it feature a clear 8MP front camera for chats over Skype and other video chat services, but it also features a 13MP rear camera that records 4K video at 3840 x 2160, a feature that Samsung introduced on the Tab S3.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 S Pen is included in the price with the Tab S4, and it’s a remade 4096 pressure level sensitive pen with tilt recognition. The pen can be used when the tablet is turned off too, if case you just want to write down notes with the pen via the “screen off memo” feature.
While a battery size of 7300 mAh Lithium-ion battery may not sound like it’s huge, Samsung claims a Galaxy Tab S4 battery life of 16 hours because of it’s efficient software and hardware. And as you would expect on a high-end tablet it has fast charge support, with included charger. Charging time is 2 hours and 40 minutes for a 100% full charge.
And specs are high all around, with dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.1 a/b/g/n/ac/enhanced-g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Tab S4 has retained its 3.5mm audio combo jack too, for both headphones, speakers, or additional microphones, though, Samsung have introduced far-field mics on this table, so the pickup of conversations will be good even when users wander around the room during video chats. A feature also handy when using voice enabled commands or assistants from Google, Alexa, or similar services.
Tab S4 also has quad speakers, or in other words 4 speakers with on speaker in each corner, rotating to your landscape or portrait mode, and the speakers are tuned by Samsung’s AKG division which includes Dolby Atmos. These speakers were already very good on the Tab S3, so with improved speakers on the Tab S4, the 3D surround audio is something to look forward to.
With a weight of just 482 grams, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the world’s lightest Android tablet in the 10-inch category this year, and at 7.1mm in thickness, it is also among the 8 thinnest tablet computers in the world.
There are two color options for the Samsung S4, which are black or white, though the whie one is called gray, as it has a light silver color to it.
Official Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 accessories that can be bought alongside the tablet includes a new 10.5-inch keyboard cover that is custom made for this tablet called Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Book Cover Keyboard This keyboard also functions as a stand for the tablet and as a cover during transport too. Another accessory is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 dock, called Charging Dock POGO, as it connects to the tablet via the 4 pogo pins.
There’s a Wi-Fi version with model number Samsung SM-T830, and there are 4G LTE versions with model numbers Samsung SM-T835 and SM-T837, with additonal letters at the end depending on whther it’s compatible with Verizon, ATT, or any of the other carriers. These have all been FCC approved in advanced, and are ready to be bought in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 release date is August 12 – 24, depending on who you buy from once it starts taking pre-orders. It is so far possible to reserve one from Samsung: https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/tablets/, with a later option from Amazon and Best Buy too.
– Tom Bowen