Sam­sung Tab S4

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Sam­sung has re­vealed a brand-new Galaxy tablet line-up days out from the re­lease of their hero smart­phone the Note 9. The com­pany’s new flag­ship tablet is the all new Galaxy Tab S4 that will go head-to-head with Ap­ple’s iPad Pro tablets.

It has been a while since Sam­sung made any an­nounce­ments re­lat­ing to tablets or watches and this stage we don’t have Aus­tralian pric­ing for the new mod­els that also in­clude a value Galaxy Tab A 10.5” model.

“At Sam­sung, we be­lieve tablets play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in mak­ing lives eas­ier and im­prov­ing the mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ence for every­one,” pres­i­dent DJ Koh said at the sur­prise an­nounce­ment.

Like its ri­val, Sam­sung’s new tablet fea­tures a 10.5-inch (26 cms) screen. There is also a Book Cover Key­board case that can trans­form the tablet into a lap­to­p­like de­vice with app win­dows that can be re­sized on its screen.

The Tab S4’s 10.5-inch Su­per AMOLED dis­play, which is the same size as the screen on the iPad Pro (the smaller model), is larger than the 9.7-inch dis­play on the out­go­ing Galaxy Tab S3. The res­o­lu­tion has been bumped up too, jumping from 2048 x 1536 to 2560 x 1600. The

AMOLED panel was one of the best fea­tures on the Tab S3, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how much bet­ter the new model is.

Users can also con­nect a wire­less mouse to use the tablet like a notebook com­puter or hook up a com­puter mon­i­tor to use it like a desk­top PC.

Un­der the dis­play screen is 256GB stor­age, four Dolby stereo speak­ers, the de­vice also comes with an S Pen sty­lus in its pack­age.

The cheaper Galaxy Tab A 10.5 will also four Dolby speak­ers, but is de­signed for fam­i­lies, with a Kids Mode in­stalled, and for users on a bud­get.

Prices and re­lease dates for both Sam­sung tablet com­put­ers have yet to be re­vealed and may not be an­nounced ahead of the com­pany’s Au­gust 9 event.

An­other big plus is that Sam­sung has in­creased its ca­pac­ity from 6000mAh to 7300mAh. Pow­er­ing the tablet is the Snap­dragon 835, which is a

step up on the 820 used in the Tab S3. How­ever, it’s still not the topend Snap­dragon 845 you’d find in Sam­sung’s flag­ship smart­phones.

RAM re­mains the same at 4GB, while base stor­age has been bumped up from 32GB to 64GB.

Sam­sung has kept the four-speaker ar­ray and added sup­port for Dolby At­mos. All you need to do is tap an op­tion in the set­tings bar to en­able At­mos and it’ll boost the vol­ume and give a faux sur­round-sound ef­fect.

The Tab S 4 comes equipped with a 13MP rear cam­era with an f/1.9 aper­ture, and an 8MP sen­sor around the front. The pen has been re­designed and sup­ports 4096 pres­sure lev­els, and it can be stowed away in a spe­cially de­signed key­board case when it’s not in use.

That key­board case seems to be one of the head­line fea­tures here, and it shows that Sam­sung is push­ing the Tab S4 as a po­ten­tial lap­top re­place­ment. This point is made even clearer by the ad­di­tion of DeX.

DeX is a PC-like UI that makes it much eas­ier to mul­ti­task and work on mul­ti­ple apps at once. It looks very much like a Win­dows in­ter­face, even more so when you con­nect up a mouse.

Sam­sung’s pro­pri­etary voice Bixby is also built into the de­vice. The he S-Pen can be used for jot­ting down notes with the screen off and there’s a new fea­ture called ‘Daily Board’. It seems that Daily Board turns your tablet into some­thing sim­i­lar to the

Ama­zon Echo Show, serv­ing up in­for­ma­tion like weather and cal­en­dar ap­point­ments when at­tached to a dock.

Sug­gested RRP be­low:

• $979 (64GB Wi-Fi) • $1,179 (256GB Wi-Fi) • $1,179 (64GB cel­lu­lar) • $1,379 (256GB cel­lu­lar)

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