Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a great tablet, but who will buy it?

Today we look at the new flagship tablet from Samsung is one of the few large companies that still regularly release tablets on Android. There is only if it makes sense?



  • Size: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 482 g (Wi-Fi); 483 grams (LTE)
  • Display: 10.5″ Super AMOLED, resolution 1600х2560 pixels, aspect ratio 16:10
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64/256 GB
  • Main camera: 13 MP, autofocus
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Sound: stereo speakers (4 PCs.), setup from AKG/Harman Kardon
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C 3.1
  • Battery: 7300 mAh

Tablets (whether Android, iOS or Windows) no longer cause a great deal of attention and enthusiasm from users. The peak of activity in the tablet market fell for 2012-2014, and then the producers had something to surprise customers. Tablets have shown that the consumption of information easier with the big screen, while they have the mobility of smartphones. Therefore, companies have released tablets in different form factors, with top-end hardware, great screens, added the ability to work with a stylus and keyboard, made them thin, waterproof, equipped with projectors, etc.

However, after some time it became clear that tablets are not yet able to fully replace the PC, however, smartphones have grown in size, and the question arose – why carry two gadgets if you can quite comfortably read Twitter, watch YouTube or correspond to the 6-inch smartphone. Apparently, it is understood and Google, so I stopped trying to do Android tablets (remember the version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb), and in fact now they have stretched a 10-inch operating system.

This gradually led to what we see today: sales of tablets continue to fall, they buy only those users who have a clear idea of why they need it. For example, a tablet can be a perfect replacement of the old laptop: it copes with surfing the Internet, watching videos, it’s easy to carry around the house, besides he had a long running on battery power.

The global market for tablet computers continues to decline

But there is one important caveat: the cost of such a device should match their tasks. If to take as a basis the above-described scenario, the optimal price of the tablet is$ 300. Even if it is $400, but not $1000, which asks for Galaxy Tab S4 Samsung in Ukraine.

Here it is necessary to clarify – the tablet the company was excellent, it’s virtually no claim, the question is only the positioning of the device. No matter how friendly was chips Galaxy Tab S4 (DeX, the presence of the stylus), still for the money a tablet few people would be needed. And Yes, this is a personal opinion, I even hope I’m wrong, write in the comments if you disagree with me. If we go back to the above case of use, for such tasks for $250-350 you can buy Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 (if you need Android) or iPad 2018.

If you need the ability to work in PC mode, connect additional accessories, high performance, compact, good battery life, then… take this money ultrabook. The market is quite interesting options that are likely to be much more useful for you in the end.

So the impression of Galaxy Tab S4 remains mixed: it’s very high quality from a technical point of view the device, but you realize to recommend it to the purchase can only the person to whom it is very much liked.

Now let’s talk about the tablet itself. Galaxy Tab S4 got a 10.5″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1600х2560 points. The picture it produces gorgeous, color quality, no complaints. Is not the most recent to date, chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. And this raises the question to Samsung – why in the flagship device of 2018 you put the iron in 2017? Pretty obvious solution to the Korean company.

RAM installed 4 GB (again, not high, like the top of the device), built-in can be 64 or 256 GB (microSD card slot). The main camera has a 13 megapixel, front – 8 megapixels.

Appearance Galaxy Tab S4 for the usual Samsung tablets noticeable difference is the lack of a Home button below the display. Also, if we compare the tablet with its predecessor, he reduced the frame around the display, and, accordingly, increased the ratio of the area of the screen to the area of the front panel.

The tablet is equipped with a complete list of required interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, LTE (optional), USB Type-C. the package includes a stylus S-Pen, but the keyboard Book Cover Keyboard is sold separately. Also, as the USB cable Type-C to HDMI, which you can use to connect your Galaxy Tab S4 to an external monitor for more convenient operation DeX. By the way, the regime itself does not require a docking station, it runs the shortcut. It is seen that Samsung continues to improve DeX, it’s pretty well thought out and stable. Also of interesting pieces I would like to note that the Galaxy Tab S4 can be used as a Central hub to control smart home devices, Smart Things.

The battery capacity of 7300 mAh. Can not but rejoice the presence of fast charge technology Fast Charging. The tablet has four dynamics from AKG/Harman Kardon support Dolby Atmos. Sounds Galaxy Tab S4 is very solid in this respect it is inferior only little iPad Pro.

The Galaxy Tab S4 has no fingerprint scanner. Instead, he is responsible for the safety of the combined scanner of the iris and face. With its task it copes, only to unlock the device you need to press the side key Home, look at the lit-up light and wait until the system recognizes you. This whole process is not always instantaneous, especially if you hold the tablet right in front of the face and at an angle.

The conclusion is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a cool tablet, it is well built, he’s got a good screen, interesting software solutions, there is a stylus included. But the price of 28,000 UAH ($1000) in our market will scare away most buyers. Especially when the main competitor-the iPad Pro is worth 8-10 thousand UAH less.

Write in the comments your impressions about the Galaxy Tab S4, share your thoughts on the advisability of purchasing tablets now and specifically this model. And also to offer an alternative for the money (or even a list of several devices).

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