Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Does It Have What It Takes To Compete?
A week before the launch of the eagerly-anticipated Galaxy Note 9, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S4 to whet the appetite perfectly.
The latest in Samsung’s tablet range, the S4 looks to offer some stiff competition to the likes of the iPad and Windows laptops. But does it have what it takes to compete?!
An undoubtedly impressive 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display adorns the latest Tab S device, with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
With improved narrower bezels, the Tab S4 now boasts an 11% larger viewing area in comparison to the Tab S3, allowing for a fully immersive experience.
This impressive display has a 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution and 287ppi for ‘vivid picture details and true to life visuals’. But is this good enough to compete with the best?
Well, Apple’s ever-popular iPad houses a 9.7-inch retina display, almost a whole inch smaller than the Tab S4. That said, if you’re willing to splash a little more cash, the iPad Pro is available with both 10.5 and 12.9-inch variants.
Perhaps the decision comes down to preference; AMOLED or Retina?
Apple’s retina display utilises LCD technology and uses a backlight. It’s thereby hard to be beaten in terms of resolution and ppi.
Conversely, the AMOLED technology of the Tab S4 uses LEDs for each pixel rather than needing a backlight, giving it’s display near infinite contrast. When black needs to be shown, the necessary LED can simply turn off (thus consuming pretty much no power!). With a backlight, this simply cannot be achieved from Apple.
- 5-inch Super AMOLED Display – iPad 9.7inch retina display
- 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution
- 287 ppi
- 16:10 aspect ratio
For the first time, Samsung have coupled up their Tab S range with full DeX support for increased productivity.
With DeX, the Tab S4 can be transformed easily and efficiently into a desktop experience. This allows Android applications to be opened as desktop-style windows and offers the opportunity to connect a traditional Bluetooth mouse and/or keyboard. Multiple (up to 20) applications can be open at once, including Microsoft’s Office suite.
Similarly, if the 10.5-inch screen is not enough, Samsung DeX can be extended to an external monitor with a compatible HDMI to USB-C multi-port adapter. The Tab S4 can also act as a track pad when connected.
This is pretty much the first time that Samsung have marketed their Tab S range towards productivity rather than play and the result isn’t half bad. Whether it has quite enough to really compete with the iPad Pro (which is due an upgrade later this year) remains to be seen, but DeX certainly positions the Tab S4 closer in the race. Could it replace a PC or laptop? It depends on what you really want to use the device for, but it’s certainly a credible alternative.
- DeX Support for Desktop Experience
Samsung have also upgraded their sidekick; the S Pen.
Now with a 0.7mm fine point tip, the stylus can detect 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. This will enable users to interact, draw and write with a much greater finesse.
Looks great, right? Even better, the handy S-Pen comes boxed with the Tab S4, free of charge and ready to go. Hear that, Apple? If you don’t fancy forking out yet more cash for an Apple Pencil then the Tab S4 is a great alternative.
- 7mm fine point tip detect 4096 levels of pressure
Samsung claim that a new, whopping 7,300mAh battery (20% larger than the S3) will provide up to 16 hours of video playback and is bolstered by Fast Charging technology.
A 13MP camera on the rear of the device is very respectable for the type of device, whilst an 8MP front camera (3MP better than its predecessor) is perfect for video calling.
As anticipated, the Tab S4 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor and will run Android 8.1 Oreo.
The tablets storage options begin at 64GB and 4GB RAM.
- 7,300mAh battery provides 16 hours video playback
- 13MP rear camera; 8MP front camera
- Snapdragon 835 Processor
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- Fast Charging Technology