Although the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is very close to the top of the price range, it cannot be compared to Apple’s leading tablets. However, the device remains one of the best Android tablets out there, so if you’re looking for the ultimate Android slate, the Galaxy Tab S7 might be just what you need.
If the latest Amazon Prime Day sales event doesn’t fully define your budget, the Galaxy Tab S7 is now getting an open discount on Amazon. Usually priced at $ 730, Samsung’s top tablet is a $ 200 discount over a limited time.
The tablet is available in three different colors – black, silver, and mysterious sea, but only the first two are significantly reduced. Also, be sure to choose a 256GB model because the 128GB and 512GB variants get smaller discounts.
Keep in mind that the price with Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab S7, which comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of expandable storage (up to 1TB). Also, the tablet has a large 11-inch display, dual-camera (13MP + 5MP), an 8-megapixel selfie snapper, and a large 8,000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Review
The Galaxy Tab S7 is apparently intended to compete directly with the newly updated iPad Pro (2020). Like the iPad, it comes in two different screen sizes depending on how much you plan to spend. The S7 Plus has a 12.4in display and the standard S7 has an 11in screen. There is about a £ 100 price gap between the two.
This update is made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which not only has a larger screen but also has a larger 10,090mAh battery and the only powerful 5G connection model, something the iPad Pro does not offer. The mobile type costs more, of course, but I’ll get to that conversation a bit.
For one thing, the Tab S7 Plus has many other advantages over the iPad. It comes with a compact pen and the tablet can be used in DeX mode, a desktop-like user interface that converts the Tab S7 Plus into a temporary laptop.
The only Wi-Fi version of the Tab S7 Plus costs £ 799 and comes with 128GB of storage, which can be expanded microSD up to an additional 1TB. The 5G LTE variant costs £ 999.
If you are not in the 5G area, then you may want a 4G variant of the 11in Tab S7, which costs £ 719. The minimum you can use on one of Samsung’s brand new tablets is £ 619, which includes WiFi-11in Tab Only S7.
Compare these prices with the iPad Pro (2020), and Samsung finds itself surprisingly stable. Admission rates for the 11in iPad Pro start at £ 769, while the variant 12.9in costs £ 969. No Apple tablets come with 5G, and 4G LTE versions cost £ 919 and £ 1,119 respectively , and there is no final extension and does not include a pen in the box like Tab S7.
The iPad Pro is not the only competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, of course, but some tablets are not in the same league. Huawei MatePad Pro, for example, while technically competent with a list of good specs, does not use the fully supported version of Android, so it does not have Google applications such as YouTube, Drive, Gmail, and others.
Apparently, the design hasn’t changed much with the Tab S7 Plus since the Tab S6. It has a large screen, skinny bezels, flat sides and feels surprisingly light, though its size is awkward (285 x 185 x 5.7mm). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus can be downloaded by selecting three colors: “Mystic Bronze”, “Mystic Black” and “Mystic Silver”.
There is, however, one noticeable difference between this model and the Tab S6. A selfie camera, which can also be used to unlock your face, is now available on one of the long edges of the tablet. This makes sense when you consider that Samsung is trying to position the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 as a quasi-laptop operating system on the go.
Speaking of which, if you hope to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 as a standard laptop, then there is also a two-part keyboard cover available for you to purchase. The first part consists of a magnetic stripe on the back of the tablet. This has a kickstand attached to a smooth hinge that allows you to pinch the tablet up to about 180 degrees and the usable space to properly hold the S Pen pen. Part of the keyboard simply attaches to the three magnetic pin connectors on the lower edge of the tablet, inserting the touchpad and doubling as a screen protection cover.
It’s a comfortable keyboard to type. I’ve been clicking on it while writing this review, and each key has the right amount of travel and positive feedback. The space between each book is perfect, too. You probably won’t get up with your full typing speed right away but you won’t make too many mistakes from the start. You have to pay £ 190 for this new keyboard, however, which is a little disappointing.
What you get for free, however, is DeX mode, a desktop style interface designed to work with keyboard and mouse and can be displayed on an external monitor. The latter can now be done wirelessly in case you have a TV or monitor that supports screen viewing.
DeX mode works automatically when you connect the keyboard cover, or it can be enabled manually by dragging down the notification cabinet and by tapping the DeX icon.
In DeX mode, you can use your tablet (almost) as a fully portable computer, with the ability to open multiple windows at once, drag and drop, and then right-click to get context-sensitive options. I liked that you could easily access the on-screen keyboard with a simple tap of the taskbar icon, and I was very impressed with the way DeX handles incoming notifications – they appear right in the lower right corner of the screen, as they would in Windows 10.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is not just an operating system, but, as it is also one of the first mobile devices to support the Microsoft Project xCloud game streaming service. The service isn’t live yet, so I can’t test you for the purposes of this update but as long as you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (£ 11 / mth), as long as you have a strong internet connection, you’ll be able to stream and play over 100 games for Xbox directly on the tablet.
As for the included S Pen pen, not much has changed when it comes to construction, but the writing delay has been improved due to the new high-resolution screen. Pressure and inclined sensitivity works well, and I just think this can be a useful tool for those who are artistic. It still binds itself at no extra cost, too, which is great when the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil costs an extra £ 119 to add to the already expensive iPad Pro.
Due to size differences, screen adjustment differs slightly between 11in and 12.4in Tab S7 models. For the first Samsung, both tablets use a 120Hz panel, HDR10 + “Dynamic AMOLED”, and a standard Tab S7 with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. On the Tab S7 Plus you’ll be pairing with a 2,800 x 1,753 display with a pixel density of 274ppi (hitting 12.9in iPad Pro’s 265ppi).
It’s fair to say that the 2020 iPad Pro screen also technically can reach 120Hz but this is the default setting that changes depending on whether the app supports it or not. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, you can switch between 120Hz or 60Hz whenever you wish.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus offers you two color profiles to choose from, “Natural” and “Vivid”: both of which offer rich, vibrant colors, regardless of the viewing angle. In the experiment, I found that the most accurate color for these two (compared to sRGB) was the “Natural” mode with a limited Delta E 2 (lower is better). In this mode, the Tab S7 Plus covers 93.5% of the SRGB color space, with a total volume of 94.5%, and light up to 367cd / m².
Enabling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is strange considering that Samsung could have used its Exynos 990 chipset and kept a few quid in the production process. However, this is an acceptable move on the part of Samsung, as the Snapdragon 865 Plus is actually a slightly more powerful CPU.
Considering that my reliable MacBook Pro has not been successful yet, I can’t imagine that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will cause much concern in the processing department. Of course, since you are an Android with a bit restricted to the type of apps you can use but whatever you take and decide to throw it away, the Tab S7 Plus will almost release anything without a sweat.
As for the rest of the interior, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with 8GB of RAM and a beefier 10,090mAh battery. This dragged 11hrs 5mins into our standard rundown test, which is a 36% reduction in Tab S6’s (15hrs 6mins) but the battery should last all working day without any charge. If you are away from the wall socket for a long time, you can extract an extra 22% juice when you drive the screen refresh rate down to 60Hz.
Both Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 models also come with a MicroSD slot, which can hold up to 1TB card incapacity. Both tablets come with 13MP and 5MP (wide-angle) cameras and an 8MP selfie snapper, which works well on a pinch, and both support Wi-Fi 6 and 5G power mentioned above.
Finally, any variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 you want, you will get the perfect belter for the tablet. The keyboard cover is nice (if you buy it), the tablet itself is lovely, the DeX mode works well and the pin is inserted into the box at no additional cost.
Pair all of that with Qualcomm’s fast processor so far, 120Hz’s fast screen and 5G connectivity, and the Tab S7 Plus is a great tablet for everything from Word documentation to Netflix viewing. And the price, which is much lower than the same Apple iPad Pro, makes the purchase extremely tempting.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Specifications
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus (1×3.09GHz, 3×2.42GHz, 4×1.8GHz)|
|Front Camera||8 MP|
|Back Camera||13 MP, 5 MP|
|Dimension||285 x 185 x 5.7mm|
|Network Connectivity||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|Dust and water resistance||NO|
|USB connection type||C- Type|
|Screen resolution||2,800 x 1,753|
|3.5mm headphone jack||NO|