Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review

A top notch tablet incredible for stimulation, however no PC substitution

 

 

The Good / The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 increases current standards on its antecedent with a greater presentation, better execution and the expansion of Samsung DeX, which gives it a PC-like interface. Samsung incorporates a brilliant S Pen for illustration and composing on the 10.5-inch show.

The Bad / The console cover is excluded, it’s costly and, at last, harms the DeX work area encounter.

The Bottom Line / The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is an amazing premium Android tablet that can likewise help your efficiency after all other options have been exhausted.


Premium tablets are at an intersection. It’s not any more adequate to have incredible execution, a stunning presentation and stellar sound. In case you will charge workstation costs for a tablet, you better influence one that to can be utilized for efficiency errands, as well.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 ($650, £599) endeavors to do that, however as opposed to running a work area OS, Samsung’s done some sharp programming aerobatic exhibition to give you a work area like interface and the ability to utilize a console, mouse and an auxiliary showcase on the off chance that you need. What’s more, Samsung incorporates a full-measure S Pen that broadens the Tab S4’s convenience considerably further.

Fueled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the Tab S4 is basically an Android contender to Windows 10 two-in-ones like the Asus NovaGo, HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630. The enormous offering focuses for those are long battery lives and discretionary LTE availability so you can all the more securely work anyplace. Notwithstanding, Android performs superior to anything Windows with the Snapdragon portable processor, giving the Tab S4 an edge.

In any case, evaluated at $650 for the Wi-Fi-just form from Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung’s site, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expensive and that is without a console (another $150). It begins at £599 in the UK, which changes over to about AU$1,060. A LTE variant (a Verizon selective to begin, yet will come to other real transporters including Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular later in Q3 2018) improves it a thought for portable specialists. In a market topping off with economical Windows two-in-ones and premium Chromebooks that can run both web and Android applications, the draw for an exceptional tablet like this is somewhat hazy.

Key specs

  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of memory
  • 64 or 256GB inherent capacity; bolster for up to 400GB microSD cards
  • 13-megapixel back and 8-megapixel front cameras
  • 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • LTE adaptation accessible
  • Android 8.1 (refresh to Android 9.0 at a later date)

The pen is mightier than the console

The packaged S Pen is a fantastic expansion to the tablet encounter. It’s a full-measure pen making it agreeable to hold and utilize and it doesn’t require charging.

Press the catch on the barrel while drifting over the screen and you’ll get a menu of pen efficiency devices. You can even compose on the presentation without opening an application or notwithstanding opening the tablet, which makes it especially helpful for scribbling down a brisk to-do or shopping list. While composing on glass still doesn’t feel a remarkable same as a pen on paper, the S Pen tip has the smooth float of a gel pen with only a small portion of deferral.

For anyway helpful and enjoyable to utilize the included S Pen is, it’s the Book Cover Keyboard that is extremely the driver for Samsung’s profitability push for the Tab S4. That and the new DeX work area like interface that progressions the tablet’s Android interface into a work area style involvement. The element previously sprung up in Samsung’s Galaxy telephones utilizing the DeX Dock and cushion and generally the experience is the equivalent, or, in other words it won’t supplant a genuine PC or even a Chromebook, however it works when there’s no other option.

You can change to DeX from the S4’s Quick Panel settings or, in the event that you have the console cover, you can have it change consequently when you sit the tablet up for composing. Join a USB-C connector with a HDMI yield and you can take a shot at an outside presentation while at the same time utilizing the Tab S4 as a mammoth touchpad, or get the S Pen and utilize the S4’s screen like a Wacom tablet.


You can likewise keep on utilizing the S4 as an Android tablet, so you could keep a video playing on the tablet while you keep on chipping away at a PowerPoint introduction on another showcase. There’s USB and Bluetooth mouse bolster, as well, so you don’t need to depend on the touchscreen for route.

What’s aggravating is there is no touchpad on the console cover – Microsoft figured out how to press a usable one onto its littler Surface Go cover since that gadget has a worked in kickstand. All things considered, there are a few bothering things about the console cover beginning with the way that it’s excluded and is expensive at $150.

While I could type sensibly quick on it, it’s certainly confined and not illuminated. The cover likewise sits the screen at a solitary review edge, which works for work areas, yet very little else. Furthermore, notwithstanding being associated with the tablet by an arrangement of attractive pogo pins, the console would irregularly quit reacting.

In addition, when you separate the tablet from the pins, the screen bolts and expects you to put in your PIN or utilize the iris filter on the off chance that you’ve set it up. That implies each time I changed from composing to utilizing the screen as a tablet I would need to wake it and open it.

Workstation lite

Console aside, the DeX encounter is really fair in case you’re simply hoping to complete some basic work errands without hauling out a full workstation. Going to load onto a plane however need to dash off a snappy email or influence a last-moment to alter to an introduction? The Tab S4 has you secured. Need to run a Skype video approach the tablet while you take a gander at an expansive spreadsheet on a second showcase? You can do that with the S4, as well.

There are around twelve or so DeX-upgraded applications including Microsoft Office, however those require a membership to use for composing and altering. Different applications I tried like Google Docs and Gmail worked fine, however, and you can put them next to each other and resize the windows. You can move between applications, however that is presently bolstered in Messages, My Files, Samsung Notes, Gallery, email and Gmail as it were.

Application execution in DeX was for the most part smooth, yet not without the odd sticky, glitchy reaction while moving windows around with various applications running. Content contribution to Microsoft Word appeared to be a bit laggy once in a while, as well.

Best at what a tablet does best

Despite the fact that tablets can be useful for work, they ordinarily exceed expectations as amusement gadgets and the exceptional Tab S4 is the same. Climbing in size from the 9.7-inch Tab S3 (which had a screen proportion of 4:3), the S4 has a 16:10, 10.5-inch, 2,560×1,600-pixels Super AMOLED show. With its smaller bezels, however, it’s comparative in size to its ancestor.

The bezels are made conceivable in light of the fact that Samsung jettisoned the Home catch, which was likewise utilized for opening the Tab with a unique mark. You would now be able to utilize an iris sweep to do that, which can be baffling to utilize, particularly in DeX mode, since you need to fix up your eyes with boxes on the screen. It by and large works quick if your eyes are arranged comfortable begin.

Samsung combined the screen with AKG-tuned speakers – four of them – that have Dolby Atmos sound to make whatever you’re tuning in to more immersive. The tablet was awesome for watching video, particularly with the more extensive screen proportion, and the showcase has phenomenal shading, differentiation and brilliance. Alongside films and gorging on TV, I adored utilizing the S4’s enormous showcase for perusing funnies in the Comixology application.

Diversion execution appears to have enhanced from the Tab S3 also. I played a couple of rounds of PUBG in my short time testing. It naturally set illustrations to high and interactivity was smooth as I hopped over the guide, taking out rivals and grabbing up plunder. The speakers are noisy and clear, however not a viable alternative for a decent arrangement of earphones.


Samsung guarantees up to 16 hours of video playback from the Galaxy Tab S4’s 7,300-mAh battery and it bolsters quick charging through its USB-C port. We’re still highly involved with testing battery life, however in recounted testing it’s gone on for around 7 hours of blended utilize.

Get it for play (and work when there’s no other option)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 doesn’t baffle as a top of the line Android tablet on account of an awesome showcase, great sound quality and strong execution. The DeX interface feels like a half measure, however, sufficiently great to make it worth having for essential office undertakings. It bodes well with LTE also, so you can get and work anyplace without interfacing with a VPN or scrappy Wi-Fi. For whatever length of time that you realize that going in, it may be justified regardless of the robust speculation.

Geekbench 4 (Multi-Core)

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3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

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JetStream Javascript test

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Gushing video playback (in minutes)

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