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Getting Started – Galaxy Tab S4, A Tablet With Big Ambitions


Professionally oriented

Samsung has presented on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 its two new tablets, the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab A (2018). If the first is high-end, the second is lighter in performance.

The tablet market is not exactly at its best. Manufacturers are abandoning more and more this format stuck between the smartphone and the laptop. But some diehards continue to provide this small market: Apple, Huawei and Samsung. The Korean manufacturer has unveiled on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, in Paris, its new tablets: the Galaxy Tab S4 and his little sister, the Galaxy Tab A (2018). A discreet announcement, waiting for the presentation of the Galaxy Note 9, the long-awaited phablette, subject of many speculations. This Galaxy Tab S4 more refined, powerful and complete seems to target a public of professionals, thanks to the presence of the native DeX. We were able to take control of the product, little tour of the owner.

Disappearance of the button on the front

As often at Samsung, the finish of the terminal is irreproachable. The back combining metal and glass is the most beautiful effect. No fingerprint sensor, identification passing through a face scan and iris, a first on Samsung tablets. In the front, the physical buttons are gone. This allows the slab to gain in display area and thus occupy up to 79% of the facade, where the Galaxy Tab S3 capped at 73%. The homemade screen, Super Amoled of 10.5 inches at 16:10 ratio displaying in 2,560 x 1,600 px offers an average resolution (288 dpi). However, the slab seems to have a quality colorimetry.

The rear photo module is equipped with a 13 megapixel sensor and a lens opening at f / 1.9. If the image processing is not annoying, the photo quality still seems a bit limited. The same is noticeable for the front module, armed with an 8 Mpx sensor and a lens opening at f / 1.9. The clichés are far from teeming with details, the electronic grain appearing quite present. A rather unfortunate final rendering in that a tablet lends itself easily to video calling applications.

Native DeX mode

Equipped with four AKG speakers, the Tab S4 offers a Dolby Atmos option, enough to promise quality sound. If the internal memory goes up to 256 GB, it is possible to add a microSD card to inflate the whole. The tablet is also equipped with a battery of 7,300 mAh and offers a fast charge by means of a USB-C output. It is a chip Exynos 8895 supported by 4 GB of RAM that drives the Tab S4 in Europe. Largely enough to run Android 8.1 quietly and overlay 9.5 of Samsung Experience. We find all the Samsung interface in the batch, the drawing application, Penup, taking full advantage of the S-Pen. The latter also offers the same features as the Galaxy Note 8. For now, no Bluetooth program so despite insistent rumors on the subject.

Perhaps to seduce nomadic workers, the Galaxy Tab S4 integrates a native DeX mode. It then allows to use the tablet in the manner of a laptop. This mode therefore benefits from an adapted interface quite similar to Chrome OS. A dedicated accessory, the Cover Keyboard, will be available for 159,99 €, offers a keyboard and a support to really enjoy this mode. Note that a feature could be rather interesting. Once in DeX mode and then connected to a PC, the Tab S4 turns into a graphics tablet. It remains to know the accuracy of this mode. Finally, the assistant Bixby as always of the game.

The Galaxy Tab S4 will be available August 24 in two versions. The first, with Wi-Fi, will be marketed for € 699.90 while the second with 4G will cost € 759.90.

A Galaxy Tab A set back

For its part, the Galaxy Tab A (2018) is presented as a light version of the S4. Without S-Pen or DeX, this tablet offers a much less attractive equipment. Thus, it is a chip Snapdragon 430 and 3 GB of RAM that make it work. No Amoled either, instead it is a 10.5-inch LCD panel displaying in 1920 x 1200 px that occupies the facade. For now, no price or release date has been announced

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