For a tablet, the cameras are pretty good. AndroidPIT


Although Samsung hasn’t introduced a new tablet in over a year, the Koreans are still among the strongest in the market, a small feat. While many experts believe that this market is on the verge of disappearing, demand is still strong, especially in the high-end sector with 2-in-1 devices. Samsung’s new tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4, meets just that need. So, did the manufacturer’s bet go through? First elements of response in our handling.

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A very salty price!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 customers have the choice of two tablets :

  • a shelf with LTE slot at 759 euros 
  • a tablet without SIM slot (so only WiFi) at 699 euros

There are no other differences between the two versions of Galaxy Tab S4. 

If you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, you can do so from August 24th, when the first devices will be shipped. The S-Pen is delivered with the tablet. Samsung also offers a free cover worth 70 euros to those who pre-order. In addition, Samsung offers another case with keyboard for 150 euros and a charging station for 60 euros. Whoever needs a second S-Pen has to spend an extra 70 euros.

A very nice shelf

The Galaxy Tab S4 is a very elegant tablet. The lines are clean and give the device a beautifully flat silhouette (7.1 mm thick) and thin edges around the screen. The tablet weighs less than half a kilo, despite the 10.5-inch screen. There is also nothing to complain about in terms of finish. The prototypes we were able to inspect were perfect in this regard. The aluminium frame of the Galaxy Tab S4, available in Ebony Black and Fog Grey, blends smoothly with the glass.

By the way, please note that the Galaxy Tab S4 does not offer a fingerprint reader or home button. Samsung relies exclusively on the combination of easy recognition and iris scanner as unlocking methods.

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The Galaxy Tab S4 is chic and modern. © AndroidPIT

A pleasure to play

Samsung and its screens, it’s a long story of love and success! The Galaxy Tab S4’s screen is really pleasant thanks to its 10.5-inch Super AMOLED panel in 16:10 format and its 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

The colours are bright, luminous and rich with high contrasts. Samsung has accustomed us to offering these features and the Tab S4 respects this tradition. Compared to the previous generation, Samsung has managed to halve the margins around the screen and increase the body-to-display ratio from 73% to 79%. With dimensions almost identical to the previous generation, the Tab S4 offers a wider display diagonal (from 9.7 to 10.5 inches).

A real mini-jack socket for different uses

The special features offered by Tab S4 are more than sufficient. As with its Galaxy Note series, the S-Pen is also part of the tablet . The stylus has no reserved place to keep it (unlike the Note) but it is more comfortable to hold. However, the features are identical with 4096 pressure levels, an integrated translator and live messages.

With the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung takes DeX to another level in many ways. On the one hand, the Galaxy Tab S4 can be connected without the dock to the TV, a USB to HDMI C adapter is sufficient. On the other hand, Samsung offers the option to leave the tablet active while supporting the monitor as a second screen or to set the Galaxy Tab S4 to desktop mode when placed in the case with the keyboard. This way, the tablet can really replace a laptop.

The Galaxy Tab S4 can be used with a big screen for more efficiency.© AndroidPIT

The Galaxy Tab S4 can be used with a big screen for more efficiency © AndroidPIT

Other intelligent software features

When the Galaxy Tab S4 is on its loading dock, the Daily Board can be used. If desired, the display remains active during charging and shows the time and weather conditions. You can also view your photos in the background in slideshow mode. In the future, it should be possible to create a separate Daily Board with different widgets and other elements.

With SmartThings, the Galaxy Tab S4 is also the brain of the connected home and other connected devices that are not necessarily made by Samsung. If you like to control everything with your voice, you can count on Bixby 2.0 but he doesn’t speak French yet. Note that the Galaxy Tab S4 does not offer a dedicated Bixby button.

SmartThings makes the Galaxy Tab S4 the control center of the connected home. AndroidPIT

SmartThings makes the Galaxy Tab S4 the control center of the connected home. AndroidPIT

Brand new software

Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab S4 with updated software: Android 8.1 Oreo and the latest version of its Samsung Experience interface, previously known as TouchWiz. You will have to appreciate the user interface, even taking into account the small performance issues that occur in some cases.

However, we must recognize that the appearance of Samsung’s user interface can be adapted in several ways and replaced by a launcher. Samsung has not yet revealed whether the Tab S4 will receive the update to Android P.

An old Snapdragon processor instead of a new Exynos

On one of Samsung’s top tablets you’d expect to find the latest Exynos, but the Galaxy Tab S4 instead features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, last year’s fastest processor. A real surprise (and a small disappointment) aspectquote>. Samsung justifies this with capacity and production problems for its processors.

The Snapdragon 835 is coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory, which theoretically can be expanded up to 512 GB. Compared to the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung promises 20% more computing power and 26% more graphics power. In addition, thanks to Cat 16, the LTE modem is now three times faster than its predecessor.

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Under the hood is a Snapdragon processor. © AndroidPIT

During our short handling, the performance of the Galaxy Tab S4 was smooth, the tablet showed no delay in operation. However, when used with the Dex and several programs running in parallel on two monitors, the tablet shows some weaknesses but this is normal and most users will not notice it at all.

Rich sound from all sides

When it comes to audio, we know that Samsung likes to use AKG’s expertise and the same goes for the Galaxy Tab S4. The shelf is equipped with four speakers specially developed by AKG. It is also possible to activate Dolby Atmos sound to provide the best possible sound experience for your use.

The speakers of the Galaxy Tab S4 live up to Samsung’s expectations with a high volume level.  You can watch a movie without headphones with no limitations in the audio experience. Even at maximum volume, the sound remains very good. Unlike Huawei with its MediaPad M5, Samsung has kept the mini-jack plug on the Galaxy Tab S4.

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The four speakers make a lot of noise. © AndroidPIT

Good photo sensors for a tablet

The photo and video experience is also important for a tablet. At the front is an 8 megapixel camera for selfies and video calls while at the back is a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash.

All in all, and after a first try, the Galaxy Tab S4 is well-equipped for an aspectquote> tablet, but is unlikely to compete with smartphones in this price range.

For a tablet, the cameras are pretty good. AndroidPIT

For a tablet, the cameras are pretty good. AndroidPIT

Good autonomy and fast charge

The battery of the Galaxy Tab S4 is quite powerful. aspectquote> Its capacity is 7300 mA should be enough for 15 hours of video playback. Charging is via its USB Type-C socket, the supplied quick charger allows you to fully charge the battery in three and a half hours. The docking station also supports fast charging, but with the Daily Board and permanent active display it will take a little longer.

First verdict

There’s no second chance for a first impression, Samsung probably considered this when giving the Galaxy Tab S4 an elegant and chic look that convinces at first glance. Performance also looks good. Now we have to wait and above all analyse whether the new features of the software offer real added value in everyday life. This and the extensive testing will be part of the full Galaxy Tab S4 test that will begin when we receive our test copy.

In the meantime let us know in the comments what you think of the new Samsung tablet!