Samsung this week introduced its new 10.5-inch Google Android-based tablet. The new Galaxy Tab S4 uses Qualcomm’s high-performance mobile SoC, is outfitted with a premium sAMOLED display, and an advanced audio subsystem with the Dolby Atmos badge to satisfy users looking forward mobile entertainment. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S4 now supports Samsung’s DeX platform that enables to run productivity applications on desktop displays as well as Samsung’s Knox security platform.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (four Kryo 385 Gold cores, four Kryo 385 Silver cores, Adreno 540 iGPU, 64-bit LPDDR4X memory, etc.) that is equipped with 4 GB of RAM, and 64 or 256 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable by 400 GB using a microSDXC card). The tablet has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560×1600 resolution, which is a bit larger than the monitor used on the Galaxy Tab S3. As for imaging capabilities, the device has a 13 MP rear sensor as well as an 8 MP front sensor, both equipped with a flash.

Wireless connectivity features of the Galaxy Tab S4 include a 4G/LTE Cat. 16 modem (on select SKUs), a 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller with MIMO support, and Bluetooth 5.0. Wired I/O includes POGO contacts for keyboards as well as a USB Type-C connector for various peripherals. In addition, the tablet has a whole set of sensors people come to expect from this type of products, including an accelerometer, a compass, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, an iris scanner, and so on.

With a powerful SoC, a high-quality screen, and a stereo audio subsystem co-developed with AKG, the Galaxy Tab S4 will certainly attract attention of those who would like to consume content on their tablets. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S4 also supports Samsung’s DeX platform that enables desktop-like experience on Android-based tablets (e.g., open up multiple windows, re-size windows, drag and drop content, etc.). Furthermore, DeX enables to attach the Galaxy Tab S4 using a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter if more screen real estate is needed. To take full advantage of DeX, users will need the optional Book Cover Keyboard that is sold separately. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S4 now fully supports Samsung’s Knox mobile security platform to protect valuable and confidential information.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 × Qualcomm Kryo Gold at 2.35 GHz
4 × Qualcomm Kryo Silver at 1.9 GHz
Graphics Adreno 540
Display 10.5-inch
Storage 64 GB or 256 GB
+ microSD up to 400 GB
Memory 4 GB LPDDR4
Battery 7300 mAh
Up to 16 hours
Wireless LTE Cat.16 DLCA, 4X4 MIMO on select models
802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dual Band
Connectivity Type-C Charging
USB Type-C to 3.5-mm Audio
Camera Rear Camera: 13 MP Autofocus
Front Camera: 8 MP Fixed Focus
Dimensions 249.3 × 164.3 × 7.1 mm
482 grams (Wi-Fi), 483 grams (LTE)
Android Android 8.1
Price $649

Tablets have always been a mixed-bag type of product for everyone. On the one hand, high-end tablets are powerful enough for productivity applications. On the other hand, most people use them to consume content rather than create anything. Consequently, many companies nowadays tend to release inexpensive tablets running cheap SoCs and targeted at children and undemanding consumers. As a result, high-end Android-based tablets have become rare birds. In fact, among big brands only Samsung and Huawei release such products. In a bid to maximize sales and address needs of demanding consumers both companies have been expanding functionality of their high-end Android tablets in a bid to make them more attractive. For example, last year Samsung started to offer its S-Pen stylus with its Galaxy Tab S3 tablets and this year Huawei followed the suite with its M5 Pro devices. Meanwhile, the addition of DeX and KnoX enables the Galaxy Tab S4 to substitute notebooks in certain cases (once equipped with a keyboard). Evidently, Samsung is bringing capabilities of its tablets closer to capabilities of laptops and Apple’s iPad Pro devices.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 will be available starting August 10 for $649.99 and $749.99 for the 64 GB and the 256 GB model, respectively. The company will bundle a stylus with its new tablets, but the aforementioned POGO keyboard will cost $149.99

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  • IUU - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - link

    I agree they should put the best processor(sorry fellow hippies, I will only talk about a "platform " when it starts raining pink frogs riding bikes), but compared to its predecessor it is a clearly superior proposition and it's battery capacity is not ridiculous anymore. In fact it is the best tablet Sammy has produced so far. They do make a mistake (like other companies) though, by trying to force consumers to phones and phablets.
    Now where does a comparison come from to the shitty apple devices it is beyond me. You must have either suffered severe brain damage or own apple stocks to even imagine such a comparison.
    Regarding, the "desktop capacity" of the tablet I think that it is normal, that it is lacking. No tablet will ever reach a laptop because they belong to a different power level. Hence all these atrocities( see ultra books) pretending to be laptop replacements, and in the same spirit all these laptop monstrosities pretending to be desktop replacements.
  • V900 - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Nonsense. Double nonsense in fact.

    Apples iPads are the gold standard in the tablet space. Both their software and their hardware are heads and shoulders above the Android competition.

    Comparing a newly released tablet with the tablet that technology- and UX-vise is the market leader is only natural.

    As for the tablet as a desktop replacement, you’re making the common mistake of fanboys: Believing that your usecase is everyone’s usecase.

    In reality, for the majority of users, a tablet (whether Windows, Apple or even Android) makes an excellent laptop (or desktop) replacement.

    Surfing the web, writing emails, watching a movie, doing some office work or even playing some casual games are all things that a tablet is excellent at. In many cases it’s even faster than the computer it replaces due to the intuitive UI and OS cruft you always find on a “real” desktop machine.
  • V900 - Thursday, September 6, 2018 - link

    Android has been a millstone around Samsung’s tablet efforts from day one.

    They might have been better off, if they had tried to go the route of developing their own OS from day one.

    Samsung is one of the few OEMs big enough to pull it off, and with the amount of software they develop on their own to put on top of the Android stack (Dex, Knox, etc.) it’s not like it would have been much more expensive.

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