At a tiny press entertainment in Manhattan today, only one week before a association heads over to Brooklyn for a large Galaxy Note 9 event, Samsung announced a new Galaxy Tab S4 tablet. The Tab S4 is being pitched as delivering “tablet mobility and PC power.” Unable to compare a iPad’s preference of tablet-optimized apps, Samsung is going in a conflicting direction: it’s positioning a Tab S4 as being means to offer legitimate capability on a go. “Nobody’s utterly burst a bulb when it comes to inscription 2-in-1 productivity,” is a line a association used to start off a presentation.
The Tab S4 facilities a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED arrangement (2560×1600) with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Its bezels are most slimmer than Samsung’s before Android tablets, that means there’s no longer a home button. (Iris and face scanning are accessible as authentication options in further to a common passcode.)
It’s accessible with possibly 64GB ($650) or 256GB ($750) of built-in storage. An S Pen comes enclosed in a box. Like Apple’s iPad Pro, it includes 4 speakers; Samsung says they’ve been tuned by AKG. The association is earnest adult to 16 hours of battery life. The Tab S4 will boat commencement on Aug 10th. Models with LTE connectivity will also be available. Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular will be charity a device. It comes in (very glossy) black and white options, with preorders kicking off today.
Samsung’s DeX, that transforms a user knowledge into a desktop PC-like environment, is built directly into a tablet’s software. “We can support adult to 20 windows open simultaneously,” pronounced one of Samsung’s executives during a product briefing. DeX can be used possibly with Samsung’s sold-separately $150 keyboard box or any Bluetooth keyboard and rodent you’ve already got.
DeX conveniently puts your new apps right in a toolbar for discerning entrance and lets we resize and pierce apps around as you’d like. DeX is indeed a apart “mode” from unchanging Android and can be toggled on from a discerning settings pulldown. It also automatically comes adult when we wharf a Tab S4 in Samsung’s keyboard.
Speaking of which, that keyboard is a tiny close — identical to a iPad Pro 10.5’s Smart Keyboard — with a tiny backspace key, though it’s workable. It’s good built and magnetically latches to a Tab S4’s screen, and there’s a detachable holster for a S Pen.
The Tab S4 runs Android 8.1 Oreo, includes 4GB of RAM, and is powered by a last-gen Snapdragon 835 processor. Its battery ability is 7,300mAh. It’s also got 13-megapixel cameras on both a front and back. There’s a USB-C port, headphone jack, microSD slot, and a pin-connector for a keyboard, that draws a energy from a tablet.
Samsung went over countless use cases for a Tab S4, covering all from carrying it act as a POS complement during sell to being used in health caring and business scenarios. But it does still embody a common S Pen tricks like shade off memo, live messages, atmosphere command, and translating content that we float over. Samsung has integrated far-field microphones into a device so that it can be tranquil from a stretch by Google Assistant. The association was infrequently still about Bixby’s capabilities on a Tab S4, however, and there’s no dedicated Bixby symbol to be found.
While it doesn’t have any critical Android competition, a Tab S4 will be squaring off opposite Apple’s upcoming, redesigned iPad Pro on a reward end, and some-more affordable Chrome OS tablets underneath it. There’s also now a Surface Go to cause into a inscription equation, as it’s another constrained choice to what Samsung has put together here. Is DeX’s coherence and similarity to a normal desktop adequate for Samsung’s latest flagship inscription to make a dent?
My early take is that Samsung should’ve upped a specs here for a cost it’s asking. A Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM would’ve been good to have inside a device that’s designed around multitasking. From a perfect energy perspective, a iPad Pro already smokes this thing. But stay tuned for a full examination to see if a Tab S4 can conduct to mount out for a right reasons.
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