Android tablets may not be as popular as Apple’s iPad, but that has not stopped Samsung from continuing to release new models on a fairly regular basis. Today, the company announces its latest advanced Android tablets: Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus. Both models will be available in silver, black or bronze this fall for $ 649.99 and $ 849.99 respectively.
Just like the Tab S6 from last year, the Tab S7 and S7 Plus are designed to take double duty as both content consumption devices and productivity machines. As a result, they both have optional keyboard cases available ($ 199.99 for the S7, $ 229.99 for the S7 Plus) that allow you to use them as a traditional laptop. Both models also come with Samsung̵
The most noticeable difference between the Tab S7 and S7 Plus is their sizes: the S7 has an 11-inch screen, while the S7 Plus has a 12.4-inch model. Take a closer look and you will see other differences, for example that the Plus model has an OLED panel, while the S7 is content with a more traditional LCD. Both run at 120Hz for smooth picture and both are larger than the 10.5-inch screen that was on the Tab S6. But they have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes them better suited for watching video than productivity, and both models have significantly less surface area to work with compared to their iPad Pro counterparts.
Another difference between the two is the Tab S7 Plus has a fingerprint scanner on the screen, while the Tab S7 has a built-in power button. Samsung has fine-tuned the design of the tablet as well, sharpening the edges and cutting the S-pen into a nicer cylinder.
Samsung has given the inmates an upgrade to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. (A microSD slot is also available to further expand storage space.) Both models will be available in Wi-Fi or mobile versions, complete with millimeter scale and sub-6 5G connectivity. Both have four speakers with Dolby Atmos setting and support up to 45 watts of charge on their USB-C ports. Also does not have headphone jacks.
As Android tablets, the Tab S7 pair runs Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI adaptation on top. They also support Samsung’s DeX interface, which provides a more desktop-like experience when using a keyboard cabinet. DeX, which has been around in various forms since the Galaxy S8 smartphone in 2017, has long been an interesting idea without the execution to back it up. We need to see if Samsung has improved enough on the Tab S7 to see if it finally fulfills its promise.
We also need to see if Samsung’s traditional strengths – good screens, excellent sound – are sufficient to justify the high costs of the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus. Last year’s Tab S6 was a tough sale for $ 650, now the company is asking for even more money, at least for the larger model. They are still not as expensive as Apple’s iPad Pro models and they come with the pen in the box, which is an extra cost in Apple’s world. But when you add the cost of the keyboard, you’re over $ 1,000 for the Tab S7 Plus base, which is a lot of money for a tablet, no matter who does it.
We will have more coverage on the Tab S7 and S7 Plus, including some real-world experience with a pre-production model and a full review in the future, so stay tuned.