Consider this the appetizer before the main course of the Galaxy Note 9 launch on Aug. 9.
The rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is now a reality, and much of what was leaked was correct. Moving up in size from the the 9.7-inch Tab S3, the S4 has a 10.5-inch WQXGA (2,560×1,600 pixels) Super AMOLED display — 32 percent larger. With its narrower bezels, though, it’s similar in size to its predecessor. Samsung paired the screen with AKG-tuned speakers — four of them — with Dolby Atmos sound so whatever you’re watching or listening to will be as immersive as possible.
Like Microsoft’s Surface line and Apple’siPad Pro, though, this premium Android tablet is for more than entertainment. Like the DeX dock and pad Samsung makes for its Galaxy phones, the Tab S4 has DeX support that changes the tablet’s Android interface into a desktop-style experience.
Attach the $150 Book Cover keyboard (no, it’s not included) and the interface changes, letting you run multiple apps side by side and resize their windows, and even drag-and-drop content between them. If you’re thinking a 10.5-inch screen doesn’t give you much room to do that sort of work, Samsung will offer an HDMI-to-USB-C multiport adapter for a secondary display (also not included).
Connect to an external monitor and you can use the Tab S4 as a giant trackpad, or grab the included Samsung S Pen and use the S4 like a Wacom tablet. You can also continue to use it as an Android tablet, so you could keep a video playing on the tablet while you continue to work on a PowerPoint presentation on another display. There’s Bluetooth mouse support, too, so you don’t have to rely on the touchscreen for navigation.
While there is plenty here for mixed use of home and office, Samsung is also pitching this as a tablet to be used strictly for enterprise use such as retail or healthcare. This is also where Samsung’s Knox security platform comes in handy for keeping data safe for these applications.
Key SpecsSnapdragon 835 processor
4GB of memory
64 or 256GB built-in storage; support for up to 400GB microSD cards
13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras
802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
LTE version available
Android 8.1 (update to Android 9.0 at a later date)
Samsung is promising up to 16 hours of video playback from the Galaxy Tab S4’s 7,300mAh battery and it supports fast charging via its USB-C port. The S Pen, however, does not need charging and, among other S Pen tools, there’s support for screen-off note-taking, meaning you can write on the screen without opening an app or even unlocking it.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the Galaxy Tab S4 will be available in the US starting at $650 on Aug. 10 from Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung’s website. (That converts to approximately £495 and AU$875.) The LTE version is a Verizon exclusive to start, but will come to other major carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular later in Q3 2018.
You can preorder starting today, and you can also get half off the Book Cover keyboard through Sept. 8 when you buy it with the Galaxy Tab S4.
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