Samsung's Galaxy Tab S-series is one of the best names in Android tablets, and it was over a year ago we saw the Tab S3 announced. The Galaxy Tab S4 is coming soon, and it's all about the screen.
New renders (via @evleaks) reveal the Galaxy Tab S4 in black and white, and also show off the new stylus and official keyboard cover. Likely to be the same S Pen coming with the Note 9, it's rumoured to be coming with Bluetooth support that allows for music playback and selfie camera control, plus the ability to make calls.
When is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 release date?
Samsung is hosting a launch event for the Galaxy Note 9 on 9 August, but most sources are pointing to IFA 2018 for the Tab S4 launch. If true this would mean a second Unpacked event is likely to take place on 29 August, and it's then that we'll see the Tab S4 unveiling.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 cost?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is not cheap at £599 (RRP, now around £499), and we don't think the premium tablet will get any cheaper in its next generation. If anything it will become more expensive, and we could see an RRP more in line with that of its S-series: £689.
What new features can we expect in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4?
There are a lot of new rumours circulating on the web about what we'll see from the Tab S4. Chief among these is the fact it will include a larger 10.5in screen, but with a taller aspect ratio and smaller bezels (previously 9.7in, 4:3). This will be partly achieved by the removal of the physical home button and the Samsung logo from the front.
Judging by the so-called official render published by AndroidHeadlines (source unknown), it's not an Infinity Display as we know it. But it is evidence of a much higher screen-to-body ratio and a much sleeker design.
There's talk of Samsung offering a 4K resolution on its flagship tablet, and we'd like to see it add Always-on Display functionality and either an iris scanner or embedded fingerprint sensor (or both).
Some of what's taking up that space around the display on the Tab S3 is the quad-stereo speakers around the edges of the tablet, specially tuned by AKG. Multimedia performance is essential for a tablet, so we don't see Samsung dumbing down things here. Indeed, the render published by AndroidHeadlines shows AKG branding.
Core performance is also one of the key selling points for Samsung's Tab S line, though it rarely features the current top-spec hardware. We would expect to see the 10nm Snapdragon 835 chip rather than the Snapdragon 845 that features in the Galaxy S9, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with microSD support as before.
We'd also put money on the fact it will get the upgraded S Pen of the Galaxy Note 8, which means it'll see a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity, as well as new functionality such as Live Message, translation of entire sentences in up to 71 languages, and conversion of units and currencies. We'd also like to see somewhere on the tablet you can physically store the S Pen when not in use.
The battery was previously rated at 6,000mAh. Samsung is tipped to increase this capacity to 7300mAh, and to take advantage of the enhanced efficiency offered by the CPU and operating system, so we should see longer battery life. We doubt Samsung will add wireless charging, as we have seen in its phones for several years now (it's just not as practical on a tablet), but we'd love to see the addition of IP68 waterproofing.
Given the timing of its anticipated release date, it's likely Samsung will launch the Tab S4 running Android 8.1 Oreo with an update to Android 9.0 P (Popsicle?) soon after.
One thing we'd really like to see in the Tab S4 is a smaller version, especially since Apple also seems to have dropped its iPad mini.
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