Android tablets aren’t as popular as they once were, but Samsung still makes some of the best around, so we have high hopes for the new Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+.
Both tablets were announced at Samsung Unpacked in August and are expected to arrive sometime alongside (or at least near) the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 line.
Here’s what we know so far about Samsung’s newest tablets.
When is the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ release date?
Both the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ can be pre-ordered now on the Samsung website, and will be available to buy from selected retailers on 21 August 2020.
What does the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ cost?
Here’s the official figures we have at the time of writing:
Tab S7 (Wi-Fi) from £619 / US$649 / €699
Tab S7 (4G) from £719 / US$749 (EU pricing TBC)
Tab S7 (5G) from $849 (not available in the UK)
Tab S7+ (Wi-Fi) from £799 / US$849 / €819
Tab S7+ (4G) from $949 (not available in the UK)
Tab S7+ (5G) from £999 / US$1,049 (EU pricing TBC)
The pricing changes depending on the RAM and storage options you choose. Samsung is also offering a Galaxy Gaming Bundle or Galaxy Book Case by redemption if you pre-order either the Tab S7 or Tab S7+ before 20 August 2020.
Both the official Samsung Book Case and Bluetooth mouse are sold separately, but the S Pen is included with the tablet.
What Tab S7 models are available?
So far the only two models confirmed are the Tab S7 and the Tab S7+. The latter comes with a 12.4in screen as a larger option, making it a rival to the 12.9in iPad Pro. This is a savvy move from Samsung, as there’s very little competition at this size in the Android world.
There has been no confirmation or rumours about a Tab S7 Lite – a more affordable alternative to the main tablet, however, it’s worth noting that Samsung released the Tab S6 Lite well after the Tab S6 release; so if we were to see a cheaper Tab S7 on the market, it likely won’t be until next year at the very earliest.
What about the Tab S7 and S7+ specs and design?
In terms of design, Samsung hasn’t changed too much. The Tab S5e and Tab S6 share a very similar design also – and as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.
We have a sleek metal chassis which is very slim and light, alongside a 120Hz Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S7+, and a LTPS LCD screen on the Tab S7. The Tab S7 comes equipped with an 11in screen, whilst the S7+ features a larger 12.4in display. The Tab S7 weighs 502g and is 6.3mm thick, whilst the Tab S7+ weighs 575g and is 5.7mm thick.
The tablets come in three colour options: Mystic Black, Mystic Grey and 2020’s signature Samsung shade Mystic Bronze – though we don’t know if certain colours are locked to specific international markets.
The rear of the tablet has a section below the camera to store the stylus magnetically where it will be charged, just like on the Tab S6. The S Pen can also attach to the side of the tablet, but it won’t charge there. You also get a storage place included within the Galaxy Book Case if you purchase that.
The S Pen itself comes included with both tablets, and has been improved and optimised for better performance on Samsung Notes, Clip Studio Paint, Canva and Noteshelf.
We have the same set of four speakers powered by AKG and Dolby Atmos, plus a USB-C port. Sadly it appears as if the tablet comes without a headphone jack – which Samsung seems to only reserve for more affordable devices. You can unlock the S7/S7+ using the electrostatic fingerprint scanner, which utilises an electrostatic charge to record a detailed image of your fingerprint.
Both tablets come equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor – a flagship chip that should allow both tablets to be very versatile when it comes to productivity. This will be paired with Android 10 and Samsung’s latest OneUI 2.5 on to, along with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0.
The storage options available for the Samsung Tab S7 and S7+ are:
Both tablets also come with room of up to 1TB of expandable storage via a Micro SD card. The S7+ will feature 5G data support – whilst the S7 will only support 4G cellular network.
The camera hasn’t changed from the Tab S6 much – you still get a 8Mp front camer, whilst the rear camera comes with a main 13Mp lens with a secondary 5Mp wide sensor. The camera also comes with a night mode and a flash module.
As previously, Samsung will offer a separate keyboard case and will be highlighting the benefit of its DeX software, which essentially lets you use the tablet like Windows only running on Android. If, however, you just want to use it as a standard tablet, the Tab S7/S7+ comes with a multi-active window which allows you to run up to three apps simultaneously. This means that you can take notes, watch videos and chat with friends all at the same time.
If you have a Samsung PC, you can use your Tab S7 or S7+ as a second screen, to duplicate or extend your display. This feature will also come to Windows 10 PCs later on this year.
The Tab S7+ comes equipped with a sizeable 10,090mAh cell, bolstered by up to 45W fast charging (though this charger is sold separately, the standard one will only give you 15W charging). The regular model, meanwhile, offers a 8,000mAh cell.