The Samsung Galaxy Tab range is the undisputable standard-bearer in the Android tablet space, and things are only going forward this year. The latest Galaxy Tab S7 series from the company does what its predecessors did well and then some to not only ace the tablet game but also take on laptops. A new 12.4-inch Plus model has entered the equation, and it sits in the grey area between tablets and laptops, along with its standard sibling.
Here’s everything that you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7+, including their detailed specification, availability details, and some worthy alternatives.
- 11/12.4-inch 120Hz screens
- Snapdragon 865+
- Up to 8GB RAM, 512GB storage
- Stereo speakers
- 5G, Wi-Fi 6 support
- Samsung DeX
- S Pen, Book Cover Keyboard
- Fingerprint reader
- Up to 10,090mAh battery, fast charging
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7+: The Basics
With the Tab S7 series, Samsung has seriously polished its tablet range to better compete against Apple’s premium offerings. Following in iPad’s lead, the Tab S7 now gets a Plus model that houses a bigger 12.4-inch AMOLED and is better in some other areas as well. The non-Plus model gets an LCD screen, though both support an equally high refresh rate of 120Hz. Despite the new size variation, Samsung has only built upon the original design language. You get the same slim bezels, while the metal back and the sides have gotten a bit flatter. Both devices also come packed with a quad-speaker setup to complement their high-quality displays.
Because of the difference in their display tech, only the S7+ gets an under-display fingerprint reader, while the standard S7 houses one on the side. As for connectivity, the Tab S7 takes a big leap to support 5G out of the box along with Wi-Fi 6, both of which are rare to find on tablets, at least right now. The 5G option is powered by the brand-new Snapdragon 865+ processor, which won’t be replaced with an Exynos alternative in any market internationally. Both devices get plenty of RAM and storage, which you have the option to expand further, to back that beast of a processor.
Software on these Samsung tablets is a bit more than your standard affair. The Tab S7 series does come preloaded with the latest One UI version based on Android 10, but the company has included a couple of premium apps to put the bundled S Pen to better use. Clip Studio Paint comes preinstalled on these tablets, and Samsung is also giving you a free 6-month subscription to the app’s premium tier. Similarly, Canva and Noteshelf are also bundled with these tablets. Apart from that, Samsung has partnered with Microsoft to better integrate the latter’s upcoming cloud gaming service onto the Tab S7 and S7+.
The Laptop Replacement
It’s more than evident that with its Tab S7 line, Samsung is going after laptops, particularly with the new Plus model. The 12.4-inch display size puts the S7+ in the category of the Microsoft Surface Pro. Samsung has also tried to mimic the Surface Pro’s experience. The redesigned Book Cover Keyboard now sticks to the tablet’s back magnetically. It retains the cavity for the S Pen and has a kickstand at the bottom. The portion covering the tablet’s back can be detached from the keyboard base, just like you do with a Surface.
This form factor allows the tablet to independently keep the kickstand, which you can otherwise use, say, while watching a show on Netflix. And when you want to get back to work, you can just attach the keyboard section magnetically. Samsung has added a row for function keys and has improved the keyboard’s feedback. It has also tweaked DeX to allow for better use on these Tab S7 series devices.
|Tablet||Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7+|
|Operating system||One UI, based on Android 10|
|Display||11-inch LCD, 2560 x 1600, 120Hz (S7) / 12.4-inch Super AMOLED, 2800 x 1752, 120Hz (S7+)|
|Expandable||microSD card slot (up to 1TB)|
|Main camera||13MP + 5MP|
|Connectivity||Optional 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1|
|Battery||8000mAh (S7) / 10090mAh (S7+)|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner: side-mounted (S7), under-display (S7+)|
|Dimensions||253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm, 500g (S7) / 285 x 185 x 5.7 mm, 575g|
Price & Availability
Without a doubt, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are premium offerings, but still, Samsung has kept the prices at last year’s level, despite adding 5G and other new stuff. The standard S7 costs $650 in the US for its entry-level configuration, while you’ll have to shell out $850 for the bigger Tab S7+. Bear in mind that these prices include the S Pen, while you’ll have to buy the Book Cover Keyboard separately.
As for the availability, Samsung was a bit vague during the announcement. The S7 series is said to be available for purchase starting this fall in the US and other markets, but the company didn’t share an exact pre-order or sale date. Whenever they go on sale, you’ll be able to pick one up in three color options — Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7+ Alternatives
The Tab S7/S7+ are meant for both work and play; so, if you prefer a similar usage, then you can go for the Apple iPad Pro 2020 (review). Though, for that, you’ll have to buy both the stylus and the keyboard attachment separately — and Apple’s first-party accessories cost a lot. You can also go for the last year’s Tab S6 (review), which continues to be an excellent tablet if you can find one selling with a fat discount.
But if you want a complete laptop experience, then Windows machines would be your best bet. In fact, the latest Surface Go 2 (review) would fit right in, and its higher-end configuration, complete with a keyboard and a stylus, would cost along the lines of these Galaxy Tab S7 models. In case you’re on a tight budget, you can alternatively pick the Chrome OS-powered Lenovo Chromebook Duet (review), which should give you the best of both worlds without breaking the bank.
- Fantastic screens
- High-end build quality
- Fingerprint scanners
- Great speakers
- Android 10 with three updates
- Fastest Android tablets in 2020
- S Pen is included
- Good keyboard cover
- 2018 iPad Pro is faster
- No AMOLED for Tab S7
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