When will the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite be released?
Samsung has yet to confirm whether it intends to release a Lite version of the S7 tab at the moment, so there are no firm details about when it will appear.
Looking at the previous budget-friendly release, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, we see that it debuted on 30 April 2020, eight months after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 was released in August 2019.
With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus both being introduced on 21 August 2020, Samsung could follow the same pattern and bring the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite to market in April 2021.
History aside, the main source of current rumours come from the Dutch site GalaxyClub, which reported in December 2020 that Samsung is planning to release two Lite models in 2021.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite cost?
Again, this is purely speculative at the moment, but examining the previous prices of models in the tablet range should give us a clue. Here’s how they break down:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 - £610/$649
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite - £349/$349
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 - £619/$649
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - £799/$849
If Samsung sticks with this structure then the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite should come in around £349/$349, although there are rumours of an S7 Lite Plus which will sport a bigger display and allow the Lite models to emulate the S7 and S7 Plus.
With the Tab S7 Plus being around £200/$200 more than the Tab S7, it could be that the Lite models follow suit, meaning the Tab S7 Lite would be around £519/$549.
What features will we see in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite?
Traditionally, the Lite range offers a similar look, but cuts the price-tag by using lower-end components. For example, where the Galaxy Tab S6 came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the Tab S6 Lite was powered by a slower Exynos 9611 instead that also appears in the Samsung Galaxy A50.
These kinds of choices were common throughout the spec sheet, with the 10.4in display on the Lite being an IPS panel, while the 10.5in one on the S6 coming with Samsung’s lovely AMOLED technology, plus the cameras were also more powerful on the premium device. So, expect to see a similar approach with the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite.
Samsung did make some unusual decisions with the standard Tab S7, in that it doesn’t have an AMOLED display but rather an LTPS LCD panel, with the former saved for the more expensive Galaxy Tab S7 Plus which also has a faster 120Hz refresh rate than the 60Hz on the Tab S7.
So, the Tab S7 Lite might not lag too far behind in terms of visual performance. The GalaxyClub article suggests the Lite models will mirror the 11in and 12.4in sizes of the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus.
We’ll be updating this article as more information becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly to see what Samsung has in store.
Until then, read our roundup of the best Android tablets to see what the Lite models will compete with when they finally appear.