After several leaks and reports, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has finally been launched by the Korean electronics giant a week ahead of Galaxy Note 9 launch. The device was introduced through a 5-minute long official introduction video and based on what we saw it looks like a well-packed tablet. Samsung has tried to pull off the perfect combination of tablet-cum-computer with this product, and you’ll soon see why I’m saying so.
To start off there’s a 10.5-inch display with not so thin bezels and 2,560 x 1,600 px resolution. The display is more vivid than that of Galaxy Tab 3, and also with a different aspect ratio as you can see in the comparison image given below:
Apart from the display, there’s a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB RAM to power the smooth performance of this beast. For photography, there’s a 13MP primary camera along with an 8MP selfie camera, and it comes with its own S-Pen in the box. The quad speakers tuned by AKG have been continued from Galaxy Tab 3, but this time their wattage has been doubled and they have also been complemented with Dolby Atmos support. Finally, there’s Cat.16 LTE support, Android 8.1 OS and 7,300 mAh battery with fast charging support, which according to Samsung is capable of offering video playback time up to 16 hrs.
DeX: The difference between Galaxy Tab S4 and others
But more than all these things it’s something else which makes Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 the best tablet ever built by Samsung. It’s called Samsung DeX. DeX is not any new piece of hardware that Samsung is giving with Galaxy Tab S4. It’s a feature that converts Galaxy Tab S4 into a device that’s pretty close to a 10-inch notebook. Something like this:
Samsung DeX was originally a docking station launched with Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices that allowed extending the functionality of both these smartphones into that of a full-fledged computer.
However, the DeX of Galaxy Tab S4 is not a docking station – it brings some of the really unique features. It activates itself whenever the tablet is connected to the optional Book Cover keyboard that company has launched for this tablet. Or if you want, you can also launch it manually by tapping an option on the tablet. This is the first major difference between DeX of today and DeX of 2017. Next difference is the functionality that they extend – DeX on Galaxy Tab S4 allows you to have two displays (the display of tablet and monitor, if you connect an extra monitor with via HDMI cable) while DeX docking station used to black out the display of Galaxy S8.
Due to the changes mentioned above the experience offered by DeX on Galaxy Tab S4 is also miles ahead of anything that you might’ve ever seen. You get a truly desktop-like experience with app windows that can be dragged and arranged as per your convenience. In some ways this experience will also be better than that of a laptop, thanks to the S Pen.
However, keep in mind that the Book Cover keyboard that enables all this cool lappy-like experience doesn’t come with the tablet. You need to purchase it separately.
Coming to the S pen of Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 we can say that it’s a very ergonomic one. The size is large enough, and the looks are also quite polished. Like S Pen of Galaxy Note series it can be used to draw or write on the tablet.
Samsung has put together a great tablet-computer hybrid in the form of Galaxy Tab S4. The pre-orders for it have already begun on BestBuy, and you can book yours for $650 (the 64GB storage version). There’s also a 256GB version priced at $750. The tablet will be available in stores from 24th August.
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