Samsung is pushing Android tablets longer than ever with its 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 and 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 +. The new devices, which cost $ 650 and $ 850 respectively, are the first tablets with flexible 120 Hz screens and 5G compatibility. They also have a free S Pen stylus – yes!
Like last year’s Tab S6, the new Tab S7 and S7 + are media consuming devices with some productivity features. They work with an optional magnetic keyboard case ($ 199.99 for the S7 keyboard, $ 229.99 for the S7 +) and come with a pen for notes. Connecting a keyboard cabinet gives you a desktop-like experience with the Samsung DeX interface, which can appeal to students who need a laptop for class and a tablet for fun. And Samsung says that the Tab S7 can function as a Windows screen after a software update later this year.
It’s still mostly entertainment machines. The S7 and S7 + tabs have smooth 120 Hz screens with a 16:10 film ratio. And while the S7 is stuck with an old LCD panel, the larger S7 plays an OLED screen for sharp black and intense color accuracy. With a 16:10 movie ratio and a Dolby Atmos four-speaker set, you’ll surely spend most of your time watching movies and playing games on the Tab S7 and S7 +.
Did you say games? Samsung really wants you to use Microsoft’s game streaming service, Xbox Game Pass, on the S7 and S7 + tab. Game Pass streams AAA games directly to your phone or tablet, so you can play games Destiny 2 without buying a game console or game PC. If you go for a 5G Tab S7, you can play AAA games anywhere.
The S7 and S7 + tabs use internal top lines for impeccable app performance and 5G networking. Both have a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space (with expandable microSD storage). They also support super-fast 45-watt charging via USB-C.
But are you willing to spend $ 650 + on an Android tablet? Samsung includes an S-pen in the box, which is worth something, but you still have to pay extra for 5G and a keyboard cabinet. The Tab S7 costs about as much as the Microsoft Surface tablet or an Apple iPad Pro – two devices that have more internal horsepower than the new Tab S7 and S7 +.
Of course, Microsoft and Apple tablets do not have 120Hz OLED screens or 5G features, and the iPad still does not support game streaming through services such as Xbox Game Pass and Stadia. Tab S7 and S7 + are unique tablets that can be better for games and entertainment than the competition.