Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S4 tablet sports Dolby Atmos and AKG speakers

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S4 tablet sports Dolby Atmos and AKG speakers

The tablet is available from 10th August, and will cost £599 (WiFi model) or £649 (LTE model). And the LTE version of this tablet will also be available for purchase starting August 10, 2018 at Verizon. The Tab S4 has an 13MP while the iPad Pro 10.5 opts for a lower 12MP sensor.

Both the iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 come with 10.5-inch screens on their devices, which seems to be the optimum size for tablets at the moment with two of the biggest manufacturers embracing the size.

However, if you thought this was merely going to be another ordinary Android tablet, think again.

It has a Super-AMOLED (sAMOLED) 2560×1600/287 PPI display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the one that was inside 2017 high-end smartphones.

Included in the box is the Tab S4's stylus, which Samsung says draws power from the screen and doesn't need to be charged.

When connecting Samsung Dex to an external monitor via HDMI to USB-C adapter, the Tab S4 will continue to work as a fully functional tablet, which will give users two screens for tasks. There'll be either 64GB or 256GB of storage depending on the model you choose.

DeX on the Tab S4 is created to work with the tablet's new $149.99 Book Cover Keyboard Case, which once attached to the tablet automatically switches the system out of its standard icon-based tablet mode, and into a computing-focused DeX mode (these modes can also be manually flipped between).

You'll probably make more use of the selfie camera for video calls and more, which is an 8MP on the Samsung and a 7MP on the Apple-made device. In addition to the regular Android experience, the Tab S4 is the first Samsung tablet to feature Samsung Dex on the tablet itself.

The audio performance of the tablet looks pretty special, with Samsung's AKG logo emblazoned on the rear of the tablet - there's 4 speakers in total on the device and they're broadly arranged near the corner of each device. "Drag and drop content between apps and use keyboard shortcuts and commands for efficiency". The Tab S4 has been launched in a somewhat unusual fashion, with a YouTube video published just now.

The battery and screen is bigger, while the cameras and internal hardware more powerful than before, with the expandable microSD card slot adding in welcome storage space potential, too.

Powering the Tab S4 is a large 7,300mAh battery that's rated to last up to 16 hours of video playback on a single charge. That's a significant step below the price of the Galaxy Tab S4, which should make it a better proposition for those looking for a more wallet-friendly tablet.

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