This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At the Galaxy Unpacked 2020, the online launch of the new Galaxy series of products, two rumored new luxury Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+, were also announced.
The biggest difference between the two models is the screen, with the S7 having an 11.0-inch display and the 12.4-inch S7+ being positioned as a larger screen model. The body colors are each available in three different colors, Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze, which has become a push for the Galaxy Note 20 series and other models.
Prices in the U.S. market start at $649 for the S7 and $849 for the S7+. The release date in the U.S. is scheduled for fall 2020. There is no information about the planned release in Japan at the time of writing.
The biggest feature of the Galaxy Tab S7 series is the support for 5G communications (Wi-Fi only models and Wi-Fi + LTE models are also available separately). It also supports pen input, which is becoming an essential feature of high-end tablets, using the familiar S Pen. Moreover, this is the latest generation with the same features as the Note 20 series (from the official release) .
In terms of basic performance, both models use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, with a screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz, 6GB of RAM for all models, and from 128GB to 512GB of storage (with a micro SD card slot). The configuration is similar to a flagship on a smartphone.
In addition to the size, there are other differences between the S7 and the S7+ in terms of screen size, including the following.
S7: 11.0-inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution, LCD, up to 120Hz
S7+: 12.4-inch, 2800 x 1752 resolution, OLED (Super AMOLED), up to 120Hz
In particular, Galaxy fans may want to keep in mind that only the S7+ has an OLED screen.
Both models also feature fingerprint authentication as a biometric feature, but there are also differences in the implementation: the S7+ has an in-screen fingerprint sensor while the S7 has a fingerprint sensor on the side of the body.
Furthermore, due to the difference in body size, there is also a surprising difference in terms of battery capacityWhile the S7 has 8000mAh, the S7+ expands to 10090mAh, which is on par with a mobile battery (but since it's a tablet, even the S7 has a very large capacity).
As for the fast-charging technology, it can handle up to 45W, although details are unknown.
Following the recent trend for high-end tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 series can be used in combination with a dedicated keyboard to support notebook PC-like usage (2-in-1 for Windows machines).
When a keyboard is connected, the screen mode becomes based on Galaxy's familiar DeX, multi-window function, providing Windows-like usability such as multiple application windows.
The dedicated Book Cover Keyboard is equipped with function keys (F1 to F12), independent arrow keys and a large touchpad, in line with the "recent trend".
The Book Cover Keyboard is designed so that the unit on the back of the device can be separated from the keyboard unit, so that the unit on the back of the device can be used as an adjustable kickstand.
The stand features flexible tilt adjustment of up to 165 degrees, allowing for so-called "Surface Pro-series installation patterns" when you don't need a keyboard.
The main camera on the back side is in a dual configuration with a standard and ultra-wide angle, while the front is in a single configuration and is planted in the bezel area rather than the notch. The orientation is "placed on the top side when in landscape mode," with an emphasis on when it's combined with the keyboard.
The main camera has 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels for the ultra-wide angle. The front camera is 8 megapixels. Even though this is a tablet, this may be modest for a high-end Galaxy model.
The body size of the S7 is 253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm (width x height x thickness). It weighs 498g for the Wi-Fi only model, 500g for the LTE model and 502g for the 5G model.
The body size of the S7+ is 285.0 x 185.0 x 5.7 mm (width x height x thickness). It weighs 575g (for some reason, this is a common weight for the Wi-Fi only/LTE/5G model).
As you can see, the Galaxy Tab S7/S7+ can be called an "Android tablet with speeds and features similar to flagship smartphones", which was even an endangered species these days. The RAM capacity and camera are a step ahead of high-end smartphones, but the speed and other features are at the level of "going head-to-head with the iPad Pro" in a good way.
Android tablets in this class are thoroughly attractive to users who are attracted to them. Being the first 5G tablet, we'd love to see this model released in Japan as well.
In addition, many other Galaxy series were announced at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 August event, where this device was announced. You can find out more about them here.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.