Only a few months after presenting its Tab S6, Samsung is already offering us the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 +. Two models that obviously come face to face with Apple’s iPad Pro in the high-end slate segment.
The touchscreen tablet market is becoming more and more polarized with, on the one hand, entry-level models dedicated to the web and light multimedia and, on the other, the high-end with slates that eye the market. laptop market. Samsung took a first step in the wake of Apple and its iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 ” with the Galaxy Tab S6. The arrival of the new Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 + now leaves no room for doubt. To begin with, the choice to offer two sizes for the Tab S7 and the Tab S7 + (11 and 12.4 inches respectively) allows the Korean brand to oppose an alternative to the two Apple models. On the other hand, Samsung has abandoned the few curves that remained in the Tab S6 to adopt a more angular design that is quite clearly reminiscent of the iPad Pro.
The first contact with these new tablets was very good. The finishes are excellent and both models are quite elegant. The keyboard which is magnetically docked to the Tab S7 and S7 + is sold separately. It is pleasant to use with in particular a touchpad of good size. With their respective 498 and 575 grams on the scale, the Tab S7 and Tab S7 + are average for tablets of their sizes.
The two Tab S7 models come together on several points. For example, they share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, the same one we’d like to see in the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, announced at the same time. Two versions must coexist for the Tab S7 and S7 +, one offering 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, and the other, 8 + 256 GB. For both models, a stylus is supplied with the tablet. The latter benefits from some improvements compared to that of the Tab S6 with in particular a much lower latency time. The S Pen is always charged wirelessly by attaching itself magnetically to the back of the tablet. The Korean manufacturer advances an autonomy of 10 hours for its stylus. The Galaxy Tab S7 incorporates an 8,000 mAh battery while its big sister, the S7 +, has a 10,000 mAh battery.
While the Tab S7 and S7 + both have 120 Hz displays, there is one notable difference on the menu. Apart from screen size, digital slates stand out by using two panel technologies. The 11-inch model has an LCD panel displaying 2560 x 1600 pixels. For its part, the Tab S7 + has a 12.4-inch screen in Super Amoled panel (2,800 x 1,752 px). The larger of the two models will therefore benefit from a much better contrast ratio and the presence of an Oled screen is a real asset compared to an iPad Pro which is content with IPS. For the short time we were able to spend in the company of the new Galaxy Tabs, we can say that both slates seem to take advantage of Samsung’s display know-how. Logically, the Tab S7 + has a better effect than its little sister.
To maximize the use of Tab S7 and S7 + as laptops, Samsung has made some changes. The front camera is now on the length, to be used in landscape mode. The loudspeakers are distributed on either side of the edges and provide stereo sound. Like the Galaxy Note 20, the Tab S7 is advertised as optimized for Microsoft’s xCloud service. Samsung is offering a 3-month Game Pass subscription for the purchase of one of its new slates. The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 + also benefit from a DeX mode which allows the use of a second screen and which modifies the interface of Android to be closer to a PC experience.
For the photo, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 + can capture pictures using a main photo module in 13 Mpx sensor. This module is supported by a 5 Mpx sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 + will be on sale from August 21. The 11-inch model will be sold from € 719 and the 12.4-inch version will be sold from € 949. You will have to add 100 € to the bill to afford 4G compatible models.