Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review – An Android Tablet with Desktop Features

Samsung recently just announced the new version for their Galaxy Tab S series line up. Last year, the Tab series seeing another great year due it’s incredibly hardware features and almost no competitor in the market. This year, Samsung tries further and even too hard by embedded their Dex feature into this tablet. Dex is kind of feature where it will turn the overall users interface into a desktop look like, but it basically still runs an Android in top everything. The S4 is probably the only Tablet so far who has a fully desktop like experience users can get right now.

Well, everything should be better and more recommended if only Samsung puts of a decent price here. The system started for around 650 dollars and goes higher depending on what kind of model you pick here. Keep in mind, you are able to get of iPad 9.7 inch 2018 in much cheaper price or getting a Surface Go 2018 complete with its stylus pen and keyboard at the same price range. Let’s take a look inside and see how its expensive price really worth. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Construction

The design looks identical to its previous model, but the design looks pretty sleek and modern thanks to its nice build quality. The front panel looks incredibly well with 1o inch display and fully protected Gorilla Glass surface. The bezel surrounded the display is now thinner than before and as the result they need to get ride the home button key. I personally love this key especially with fingerprint scanner embedded into it. And yeah, the fingerprint is no longer featured and they swap it with Iris and face recognition scanning similarly like Apple did with iPhone.

The front design shows a truly modern design, but on the other side the back panel feels cheap and looks old. They take the design straight from their 2012 model and have not changed significantly so far. For most all of time, users are going to see the front side, but it does not mean they could not do anything to its back side. As for the connectivity, you have of USB type-C, micro SD slot, audio jack, SIM tray (for LTE model), and POGO pins for connecting the keyboard accessories. I am seeing the overall impression for the design is relatively good although they should make change next year if tablet is still popular in 2019.

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Display and Accessories

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Samsung really knows how to make a good display and they once again offer the same high quality into their product. Here, the 10.5 inch AMOLED panel manages to offer of bright and highly detail images to any content you see. This is far the best AMOLED display I have seen so far in tablet. With the 25600 x 1600 resolution, the experience becomes better and better as it combines nicely to the rest of features. Overall, they put a decent screen into its expensive price tag. I just hope they can provide us a cheaper version of it with 1080p panel of course.

The manufacture sells the tablet for almost 700 dollars without any keyboard. Samsung at this case only includes the 64GB SD card which not useful at all since I have some unused SD card and they put of a kickstand which I cannot find its selling point. For getting a full desktop experience, you have to buy their keyboard accessories for 150 dollars. They give us a fantastic price for a keyboard cover and even Microsoft only sells the keyboard for just 100 dollars. This is the only option if you want to use it for typing. Another great solution is buying of some cheap type covers, but the experience should not be similar here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10 InchMain Specs
CPU Snapdragon 835 8 Cores Kryo 2.4 GHz
Graphics Adreno 540 GPU
Display Size10.5 Inch 2560 X 1600
OSAndroid Oreo
Memory 4GB DDR4 Memory
Storage64GB EMMC

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Software and Hardware

The S4 is running the latest of Android operating system with customization interface from Samsung. One of the best features to find here is how customizable the interface is. With Dex users are allowed to adjust or resize the windows similarly like we do in Windows OS. I am really getting a good experience for trying this feature although sometimes I find the resizing feature does not work like it’s supposed to be especially when I try to close the application. Ideally, you need to plug the tablet into bigger monitor, but you could also use the Dex feature in the default mode. I hope the next software update will fix most of its problems.

As for the hardware, the system is fully powered by Snapdragon 835, 64GB storage, and 4GB memory. The 835 is a decent processor, but it’s a common hardware used in 2017 and we already see of some smartphones shipped with Snapdragon 845. In term of performance, I have no problem for running everything included of playing games and doing multi-tasking. I have heard Fortnite is fully playable as it features similar hardware to their Galaxy S series, but I have not tried the game itself so far.

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Final Thought

It looks like Samsung wants to see the Tab series not just a tablet, but as an alternative option for desktop replacement. Unfortunately, they try it really hard and making the price goes beyond our imagination. Nearly 700 dollars is a crazy price for Android considering I am able to get 2 in 1 laptop at similar price. Apple even had to reduce their iPad series because they know they would not be able to compete really well with Windows 2 in 1 system. It seems that Samsung has not learned from this case. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaving of some comments below and make sure to check our latest article.

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