Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S4

Some have told me that 'tablets are dead'.  Sure, these days a lot of what's needed you can work with on your phone.  But when it's really time to set to work, you'll not only need more screen for your eyes, you'll need to be able to bang away on some keys to write out longer paragraphs etc... and I don't really want to go all the way to the basement, or even sometimes use the Pixelbook.

It's like there should be something in the middle.

Well, the tablet fits that bill.  It's a niche use, but there are enough users out there who have found it meets their needs that I don't believe those people when they say 'tablets are dead'.  Whether it's hanging out in the hammock on a sunny day reading a Google Play Book, or setting up the tablet to watch Netflix while you fold laundry in the bedroom, a tablet is well suited.

Last year, the Galaxy Tab S3 was that nice intro 'work tablet' device; and for those who said tablets were dead, that review was one of the highest viewed all last year.  Tells me something.

This year there's the Tab S4.  There's a press release below if you want to check it out.

So, reading through the media release it looks like some of the issues I had with the S3 seem to be fixed.  Still unfortunate that the dock is sold separately (almost why bother if you're not going to get them too?); and we still don't know a Canadian price to determine it's financial viability.

But, we do know that the fingerprint sensor is gone (I always hated that Samsung button) and the software keys are gone too, so it's all screen.  Really make it look like the 'monitor' it should be.

From the little picture, it looks like there's a cut out for the camera.  Additionally, there's DeX built in that you can put it in that 'desktop environment' at the tap of a button.  Make use of that screen you have.  Cool.

The screen is slightly larger (16:10 ratio filling the frame), but the battery is considerably larger!  Definitely a must.

Looking forward to getting a chance to review this.  What would you like to know about it?

For more details, check out:

The New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Helps You Get More Done from Wherever You Are
With Samsung DeX, longer-lasting battery and the refined S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 makes for easier productivity and more immersive entertainment – anytime, anywhere 

SEOUL, KOREA – August 2, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, a new 2-in-1 Android tablet designed for people who want to do more on the go—from home to the office and everywhere in between. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 delivers an experience that helps you work smarter by keeping you operating at the highest levels. Paired with a polished modern design, an immersive display, four speakers and enhanced entertainment features, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the perfect device for those who need something portable like a tablet and capable like a PC.

“At Samsung, we believe tablets play an increasingly important role in making lives easier and improving the mobile experience for everyone,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics. “With the Galaxy Tab S4, we’re introducing a premium tablet, equipped with Samsung DeX that helps consumers perform their absolute best wherever they go. We look forward to providing our customers with a sense of leisure and comfort knowing that this new addition to our ecosystem of connected devices is also packed with features to help them stay entertained.”

Productivity with Samsung DeX and S Pen

With the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung is bringing Samsung DeX to the tablet for the first time. When connected to the optional Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately) or launched from the Quick Panel, the Galaxy Tab S4 powers on Samsung DeX, giving users the option to switch from the Android interface to a desktop experience. With Samsung DeX, you can open multiple desktop-style windows for your Android apps, including the Microsoft Office suite, directly on the Galaxy Tab S4, and re-size them when needed. Drag and drop content between apps and use keyboard shortcuts and commands for efficiency. 

If more screen is needed, there is also an option to extend Samsung DeX to an external monitor with a compatible HDMI to USB-C multi-port adapter (not included). When connected, the Galaxy Tab S4 can serve as a track pad or a sketch pad, and new this year, the Galaxy Tab S4 can continue to work as a fully functional Android tablet, giving users two screens to accomplish tasks.

Whether at the office, at home, or on-the-go, the Galaxy Tab S4 keeps you going with a 7,300mAh battery that provides up to 16 hours of video playback. Additionally, with Samsung Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security platform, customers and companies can ensure critical information is protected at multiple levels of the device. IT managers can also tailor the employee interface to align with business needs.

Samsung’s S Pen comes in the box with the Galaxy Tab S4 to satisfy even more productive needs. It offers users a great way to express their creativity and communicate. They can take notes on the fly through the Screen-Off Memo feature, as well as navigate, translate and organize notes through Samsung Notes, and even send personalized texts through Samsung Live Message – all with the S Pen. 

A Screen Fit for Any Job - or Movie

It’s easier to get more done when you have the right screen. Even the busiest professionals still take time to sit back with a game or movie. Now you can enjoy a more immersive experience on a device you can take anywhere. While

similar in size to the Galaxy Tab S3, the Galaxy Tab S4 sports narrower bezels to fit a large 10.5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology, as well as a 16:10 screen ratio with 2560x1600, 287 pixels per inch (PPI) resolution for vivid picture detail and true-to-life visuals. When it comes to audio, the Galaxy Tab S4 also comes with four speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos® immersive sound technology, which brings entertainment to life through moving audio that flows all around you. With Dolby Atmos®, the Galaxy Tab S4 supports crisper dialogue, enveloping sound fields, maximized loudness without distortion, and consistent playback volume.

Enhanced Connectivity to Make Your Life Easier  

The Galaxy Tab S4 also features new and improved capabilities designed to manage your connected devices and lifestyle. Samsung Flow allows users to manage all of their devices easily by connecting and transferring files, tasks and notifications seamlessly. The SmartThings app2 on the Galaxy Tab S4 makes it easy to monitor and control your smart home devices right from the tablet. Plus, the Galaxy Tab S4’s Daily Board3 allows you to view your favorite photos and everyday information such as the weather, calendar and time in one, easy-to-access place.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Product Specifications

                        DISPLAY                            10.5” WQXGA (2560x1600) sAMOLED
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Octa Core (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz)
4GB + 64GB / 256GB, microSD up to 400GB4
13MP AF + 8.0MP, Flash
USB3.1 (Type C), POGO
Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, RGB, Proximity, Iris Scanner, Hall Sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth® 5.0
249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm
482g (Wi-Fi) / 483g (LTE)
7,300mAh, Fast Charging
Android 8.1
S Pen (included)
Recording: UHD 4K (3840x2160) @ 30fps Playback: UHD 4K (3840x2160) @ 60fps
                          AUDIO                              4 speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos®

1   Battery life may vary depending on usage and settings. Based on laboratory testing.
2   Availability of features varies by region.
3   At the time of availability, Daily Board will feature Photo Gallery, Weather, Clock and Calendar.
4   Memory and storage capacities vary by region.

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.