Despite having an Unpacked event scheduled for 9 August, Samsung has decided to suddenly announce the new Galaxy Tab S4 tablet online. Here’s everything you need to know including release date, price and specs.

It’s an unusual move from Samsung when the firm normally prefers unveiling new products on stage at big events packed with guests. However, the Unpacked seems to be reserved for just the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch.

Nevertheless, here’s the Galaxy Tab S4 which is a direct rival to Apple’s iOS tablets like the iPad Pro 10.5

When is the Galaxy Tab S4 release date?

We’re waiting on UK details, but in the US the tablet will go on sale on 10 August - the day after the Unpacked event.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

How much does the Galaxy Tab S4 cost?

The Tab S4 will cost from £599/$650 for the 64GB model. Jumping to £699/$750 will get you 256GB so that’s worth considering. An LTE model will cost from £649.

In the US you can pre-order from Best Buy.

The optional Book Cover Keyboard is £119/$150. We're told those who pre-order will get a free keyboard case.

What are the Galaxy Tab S4 specs?

We mentioned that the Tab S4 is a direct rival to the iPad Pro 10.5 and that’s largely becuase it has the same size screen. It’s Super AMOLED and has a pixel density of 287ppi thanks to its 2560x1600 resolution.

It’s also because of that optional keyboard case which gives you laptop-like functionality. The tablet comes with Samsung DeX built in so you can use it in a Windows style desktop way, event with a Bluetooth mouse.

Samsung said: “there is also an option to extend Samsung DeX to an external monitor with a compatible HDMI to USB-C multi-port adapter.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 book case

Oddly, despite the premium price, the Tab S4 is powered by the last-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. That's an upgrade from the 820 in the Tab S3 but behind the Galaxy S9 which has the 845.

It has 4GB of RAM as standard and a choice of 64- or 256GB of storage.

Although there’s $100 to quadruple the storage, the tablet has a microSD card slot able to take up to 400GB.

Other specs include the S Pen stylus, quad speakers tuned by AKG, a 13Mp rear camera and a large 7300mAh battery.

Here are the full Galaxy Tab S4 specs:

  • Android Oreo
  • 10.5in, SuperAMOLED, 2560x1600, 287ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64/256GB storage
  • MicroSD (400GB)
  • S Pen, 4096 pressure levels
  • 13Mp rear camera, f/1.9 with auto focus
  • 8Mp front camera, f/1.9
  • Wi-Fi 11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB 3.1 gen 1
  • Quad speakers with AKG tuning and Dolby Atmos
  • 7300mAh battery with Fast Charging
  • Up to 16 hours video playback
  • 249x164x7.1mm
  • 482g (Wi-Fi) 483g (LTE)
  • Black or Grey

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