Android tablets aren't nearly as popular as Apple's iPad, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from regularly launching new models. Today, the company announces its latest high-end Android tablets: the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Tab S7 Plus. Both models will be available in silver, black, or bronze this fall for $ 649.99 and $ 849.99, respectively.
Like the Tab S6 from last year, the Tab S7 and the S7 Plus should perform twice as much as devices for content consumption as well as productivity devices. For this reason, both optional keyboard cases are available ($ 199.99 for the S7, $ 229.99 for the S7 Plus), which you can use like a conventional laptop. Both models also come with the Samsung S Pen in the box, which is magnetically attached to the back of the tablet and charged.
The most striking difference between the Tab S7 and the S7 Plus is their size: the S7 has an 11-inch display, while the S7 Plus has a 12.4-inch model. If you take a closer look, you will notice other differences, such as the fact that the Plus model has an OLED panel, while the S7 comes with a more traditional LCD. Both work at 120 Hz for smooth viewing and both are larger than the Tab S6's 10.5-inch screen. However, they have an aspect ratio of 16:10, which makes them more suitable for watching videos than for productivity, and both models have a significantly smaller working area compared to their iPad Pro counterparts.
The 120 Hz OLED screen of the Tab S7 Plus promises awesome. (Earphones are not included.)
Another difference is that the Tab S7 Plus has a fingerprint scanner on the screen, while the Tab S7 has an integrated power switch. Samsung has also optimized the design of the tablet, sharpened the edges and reduced the S Pen to a slimmer cylinder.
Samsung has upgraded the internals to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. (A microSD card slot is also available to further expand the memory.) Both models will be available in Wi-Fi or cellular versions with millimeter wave and Sub-6 5G connectivity. Both have quad speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning and support charging up to 45 watts on their USB-C ports. Unfortunately, nobody has a headphone jack either.
A magnetic stripe on the back of the tablet offers space for storing and charging the included S Pen.
Android 10 with the OneUI customization from Samsung runs on the S7 pair tab as Android tablets. They also support Samsung's DeX interface, which offers a desktop-like experience when using a keyboard case. DeX, which has been available in various forms since the Galaxy S8 smartphone in 2017, has long been an interesting idea without having to be run to secure it. We'll have to see if Samsung has improved the Tab S7 enough to see if it finally delivers on its promise. According to Samsung, the Tab S7 can also be used as a secondary display for your Windows PC later this year:
We'll also have to see if Samsung's traditional strengths – great displays, excellent sound – are enough to justify the high cost of the Tab S7 and the Tab S7 Plus. Last year's Tab S6 was a hard sell at $ 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 come with the stylus in the box, which is an additional cost in the Apple world. However, if you add up the cost of the keyboard case, you'll pay more than $ 1,000 for the Basic Tab S7 Plus. This is a lot of money for a tablet regardless of who makes it.
We will report more on the Tab S7 and S7 Plus, including some real experience with a pre-production model and a full review in the future. So stay up to date.
Update, 10:51 a.m .: It has been added that the S7 acts as a secondary screen for Windows PCs.