Samsung's Latest Tablet Is Trying To Out Pro The iPad

Gerald Bowen
August 2, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 starts at £599 in the UK. The tablet will go up for sale on August 10 through Amazon, Best Buy, and through Samsung's own website. The display has an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, resulting in clearer image and video quality.

While the Galaxy Tab S4 is similar to the iPad Pro in may ways, it can't offer millions of applications designed for its large display.

Samsung's got a new Android tablet, and it may be coming soon to T-Mobile. Both models include a microSD card slot, though, so you'll always be able to add more storage if you need it. Samsung plans to sell Wi-Fi-only models as well as LTE variants for Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular.

If you are interested in note taking or drawing, then you will love the S Pen that comes with the Tab S4.

Earlier today, Samsung announced the high-end Galaxy Tab S4, which boasts top-notch specs and marks the debut of Samsung's DeX technology on a tablet.

When connecting Samsung Dex to an external monitor via HDMI to USB-C adapter, the Tab S4 will continue to work as a fully functional tablet, which will give users two screens for tasks. Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the same price for 64GB of capacity, but $799 for 256GB of storage.

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With productivity in mind, the new Tab S4 comes with a refined S Pen which allows users to doodle, navigate, translate, and take notes on the fly. Samsung DeX will allow the opening of multiple desktop-style windows for apps on the tablet, the South Korean tech giant said, including Microsoft Office suite, to control their size when needed.

DeX on the Tab S4 is created to work with the tablet's new $149.99 Book Cover Keyboard Case, which once attached to the tablet automatically switches the system out of its standard icon-based tablet mode, and into a computing-focused DeX mode (these modes can also be manually flipped between). The tablet can capture 4K video at up to 30 FPS, and it can play back 4K footage at up to 60 FPS.

For an immersive multimedia playback experience, the tablet comes with quad speakers that are tuned by AKG. If you don't have a physical keyboard or mouse, you can also use the tablet as a touchpad and virtual keyboard.

But my big question is why Samsung didn't just go with something like Chrome OS?

The battery capacity has increased to 7300 mAh (from 6000 mAh) although Snapdragon 835 is much more power-efficient.

United States buyers who want the LTE version can get theirs from Verizon starting on August 10, as well, although it's not clear what the privilege of cellular connectivity will add to the base price of the Tab S4.

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