Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and we got to go hands-on with the more premium version of these flagship Android tablets. Priced at $849, the 12.4-inch Tab S7 Plus isn’t hiding its intentions of going toe-to-toe with the iPad Pro, the current best tablet on the market.
New to the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are updated internals, 5G connectivity and a brand new S Pen included in the box. Samsung also revamped the external keyboard (sold separately) and outfitted the tablet with a 120Hz display. All of these changes make the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus feel like a significant upgrade from the Tab S6, which was already the best Android tablet by some distance.
About and Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will start at $849 and come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chip, 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
There will be another configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD but Samsung has not provided pricing yet.
Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will be available in the fall. We will update this article when we get specifics.
Design and Display
The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has the same design DNA as its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S6. From the front, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus looks like most tablets except that it has thin display bezels similar to the iPad Pro. This allows you to focus entirely on the large 12.4-inch display without being distracted by thick black bars.
The only change Samsung appears to have made to the front of the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is moving the selfie cam to the longer edge of the tablet so you can use the camera in landscape mode when it’s connected to the keyboard. It’s kind of strange though because the in-display fingerprint sensor (more on this later) appears above the shorter edge of the tablet, suggesting it should be used in portrait mode.
The 12.4-inch, 2800 x 1752-pixel Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is breathtaking — and that’s an adjective I don’t use lightly. The stunning display is the best thing about the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus so far, after having used it for a few days.
Powering the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chip, the same one found in the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Along with 5G support, the chip should bring a nice performance boost over the Snapdragon 855 found in the Galaxy Tab S6.
We didn’t run any of our benchmark tests on the Tab S7 Plus but the tablet never slowed down during our hands-on time with it. The Tab S7 Plus ran multiple apps at once and seamlessly switched between DeX mode and the standard Android 10 interface.
Our model is equipped with 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD but customers will be able to upgrade to a more powerful config with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Cameras, Audio and Battery Life
The Tab S7 Plus’ quad-speaker setup delivers our rich, loud audio. My girlfriend and I watched an episode of Lucifer on the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and only needed to listen at around 60% volume. And when we streamed music on YouTube Play, my favourite tunes sounded surprisingly full.
As for the cameras, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus have a 13MP main camera and a 5MP secondary ultra-wide lens. On the front is an 8MP selfie camera. We took a few quick shots around we house and outside on my porch and, in general, the photos were sharp and colourful.
Last but not least, the Galaxy Tab S7 has an 8,000mAh battery while the larger Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has a 10,090 mAH cell. We’ll need to put these slates through our own battery test before we can give any definitive runtimes. For comparison, the Galaxy Tab S6 lasted for just short of 9 hours on a charge.
With the price of $849 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, this should be a High Premium Device like the iPad Pro from Apple. And it is! It runs fast, is very well optimised, and at this price, you get the correct specifications. This piece of tech guarantees the best satisfaction of using it for all type of purposes.