If you’re a resident of the UK, and you’ve been watching some TV lately, I’m sure you must have seen the three Samsung advertisements that have been coming on one after the other that show the 3 new products Samsung are releasing on dates that are very close to each other. First one is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone, the other is the Galaxy Smart Watch, and the third is, of course, the new Galaxy Tab S4. First impressions are that it’s a great 2-in-1 with a very respectable spec.
Had you visited a few of the Amazon listings for the “S4”, you would have probably been quite disappointed to see that there are already some bad reviews. Well there’s no need to be concerned. It’s basically a mistake. Some buyers, who bought an older model have left negative reviews on a listing. The listing in question has been updated in preparation for the new S4 (SM-T830NZKABTU). But now the listing for the new model looks unfairly tarnished. Don’t be put off, those negative reviews are not about the new model set to be released on 24th August 2018. I mean, how can they be when it hasn’t even been released yet.
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The screen quality has always been beautiful on the Galaxy Tabs, very clear and crisp. The new S4 seems to be no different with its Super AMOLED display. It’s 2-in-1 capabilities are taken to the next level thanks to the very clever design of the external keyboard (sold separately), and the addition of DeX.
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This makes the device a true workhorse, giving it much more versatility where productivity and potentially, where external connections are concerned. As well as other external products, you can hook the new S4 up to an external monitor and turn the device into a full blown desktop computer. You will need to buy compatible HDMI connections and DeX leads if you want this functionality, but they are readily available to purchase. There are so many other great features of the Galaxy Tab S4 worth mentioning. Read the quick the spec list below.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 (SM-T830NZKABTU) Specification
- 10.5 Inch Super AMOLED (2560 x 1600) Display
- Samsung Exynos 2.35GHz Octa Core Processor
- Android 7.0 Nougat Operating System
- 4GB RAM + 64GB Internal storage space (expandable to 400GB)
- Dual WiFi + Bluetooth 5.0 + GPS
- 4 AKG Enhanced Speakers (Dolby ATMOS)
- Dual Cameras (8 megapixel front + 13 megapixel back with flash)
- Face Recognition + Iris Scanner + Fingerprint Scanner
- Improved S Pen
- USB 3.1
- MicroSD Slot
- Headphone Jack
- Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice
- Weighs under 500 grams
- Large 7300 mAh Battery Capacity
The battery offers approximately 10 – 15 hours of continuous usage, such as browsing the Internet or watching films. Standby time is around a week. There’s also a model which has 256GB of internal storage space and Android 8.0, Oreo (in black or grey), but that version appears to not be for sale in the UK at this moment. In the USA, this model is already selling like hotcakes. Perhaps after the official UK release comes and goes we will see the better spec models make an appearance.
The standard spec model is great, and early reports are positive. But while the tablet alone seems excellent, to get the most out of this device, the external add-ons are required. In particular, the external keyboard and mouse. After all, those are what really give the device it’s laptop / portable desktop capabilities for those wanting to work while on the move, or people generally looking for a new do-it-all 2-in-1.
However, they are sold separately and will bump up the final cost considerably. After the initial hype there may be cheaper keyboard / mouse bundle packages available, so keep an eye out for those over the coming months. For individuals who aren’t really bothered about the keyboard and just want the latest Samsung to tablet around with, The new S4 seems to be a real winner. You can either Pre-order now or wait until the official release date.