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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 was one of the best Android tablets at the time it was released and was a decent iPad rival for anyone looking for an Android slab. The tablet received an upgrade this year in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. While the display size remains the same, Samsung claims to have made improvements in the newer version — but is the newer model worth buying? Here’s a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 versus Galaxy Tab S7 comparison to help you decide if the Galaxy Tab S8 is worth upgrading for or whether you can save money by grabbing the older model.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Size 253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3mm (9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches) 253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3mm (9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches)
Weight Wi-Fi: 503 grams (17.74 ounces)

LTE: 507 grams (17.88 ounces)

LTE: 500 grams (17.63 ounces)

Design and display

Both Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the new Galaxy Tab S8 sport a similar design, which means you get a tidy edge-to-edge display with narrow bezels. On the rear, you’ll see a black magnetic strip used to dock the S-Pen, which is included in the box.

The Galaxy Tab S7 featured an 11-inch LCD with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, DCI-P3 color range, and a 120Hz refresh rate. In use, these numbers translate to a color-rich, vivid, and bright experience. Plus, the 16:10 aspect ratio makes for a great video consumption experience. The display is the same on the Galaxy Tab S8, so if your usage includes a lot of in-hand reading, both these devices will serve you well.

You also get Low Blue Light certification on both devices that helps to reduce eye strain. The Galaxy Tab S7’s display was a bit underwhelming in direct sunlight, and you can probably expect the same on the Tab S8. Both tablets come with AKG-tuned quad speakers that support Dolby Atmos, which are loud and have clear sound — making for an enjoyable media consumption experience. That said, if you are OK with a larger size and want an AMOLED display, you should look at the Plus variant for both generations.

Both devices are housed in aluminum, giving them a fair amount of durability. However, neither comes with an IP rating, so it’s best to keep them away from water and not take them to the beach with you. Both devices offer a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.

These devices have a lot in common, which means this category is a tie.

Performance, battery life, and charging

The Galaxy Tab S7 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, which is paired with Adreno 650 GPU. This combination should mean it’s capable of running the latest 3D games without a hitch, and even the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage should be sufficient for most — though the option for 8GB and 256GB storage will be welcome for media-lovers.

The Galaxy Tab S8 comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, coupled with 8GB or 12GB RAM options and 128GB or 256GB of storage. So you can expect similar performance with a bit more headroom to spare. You’re going to get smooth performance regardless of the tablet you pick. You also get a microSD card slot on both devices, so you should have little problem storing anything you want to store.

Both the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S8 pack an 8,000mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging. Samsung claims this can recharge from zero to 100% in 80 minutes, but the company doesn’t bundle a 45W charger in the box — and you only get a 15W charger with the Galaxy Tab S7. Regular use, such as reading on Kindle, browsing on Chrome, watching YouTube, and bingeing your favorite show can all be done on a single charge.

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While the Tab S7 is still plenty powerful, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has more RAM and a more powerful processor. It wins here fairly comfortably.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Camera

On the optics front, the Tab S7 sports a 13MP and 5MP dual-camera setup, whereas the Galaxy Tab S8 comes with 13MP and 6MP dual rear cameras. The front of the Tab S8 has a 12MP selfie shooter, while there’s an 8MP sensor on the Galaxy Tab S7.

The Galaxy Tab S7 gave us good skin tones in video calls with the front camera, and we expect the Tab S8 to continue in those footsteps with an even better lens on the front. On the other hand, the primary rear camera performed well, but the 5MP ultrawide shooter had trouble capturing details. We expect Samsung to have amended this with the Galaxy Tab S8. Both are perfectly capable of regular usage that includes capturing and scanning documents, whereas the front camera performs well in video calls and leaves nothing to complain about.

It’s tough to make a call here, as we haven’t had too much time with the Tab S8 yet. However, we’re giving the benefit of the doubt to the Galaxy Tab S8’s bigger numbers.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Software and updates

Both the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S7 ship with an S Pen, which has low latency, and when coupled with the 120Hz refresh rate, makes the Microsoft Surface Pen seem ordinary. You get features like Air Actions, which can access fast shortcuts and which you can use on any screen or app.

There’s also an optional keyboard accessory that packs a back cover to double as a stand for the tablet. The keyboard comes with function keys on the top. Overall, the keys are well spaced out with good key travel. However, there is no backlight, so you will likely struggle to use it in the dark. Plus, the lap-ability is poor. It will wobble when you try to use the tablet as a laptop on your lap. If you are working on a table, it will work just fine. As for the trackpad, it is of decent size and easy to use.

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These two tablets have very similar features, so this is a tie.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 starts at 699 for the 128GB model and bumps up to 779 for the 256GB version. It can be purchased from Samsung and will be supported by ATT and T-Mobile in the near future. Plus, it is stocked by most major electronics retailers.

By contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is a generation old and was launched in 2020. Unsurprisingly, it is no longer available through the official Samsung website but it can be found at various retailers, often at a decent discount, which could make it a strong option for deal-hunters.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S8 both feature the same display and set of speakers, the latter is powered by a more recent chipset and will last you at least five years, thanks to the update promises made by Samsung. The Galaxy Tab S8 is the better device overall and the one that comes on top here. Just looking for the best smaller Samsung tablet? Buy the Galaxy Tab S8.

But if you’re looking for a deal, the Galaxy Tab S7 may not be the worst option around. It’s still a powerful tablet and sports many of the same features we love on the Galaxy Tab S8. If saving some dollars is a priority, grabbing a refurbished Tab S7 is a great idea. However, if money is no object, it’s always the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.

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How to Screen Mirror and Cast Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (and )

There are several ways to share content from Samsung mobile devices, such as a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. These options can sometimes be frustrating and confusing. You can download and connect through the Samsung Smart home device app or try connecting a variety of different cables and adapters if they’re compatible with your TV or other display.

If you just want to learn how to quickly show what’s on your Tab S7 or other Samsung tablet, there’s an easier way.

The simplest way to cast your Samsung Galaxy Tab screen is already built into your tablet. There’s no need to download additional apps or mess with cables or adapters. You can screen mirror all the content you need completely wirelessly.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 uses native technology called Smart View to screen mirror and cast content. With Smart View, you can play media and mirror your Galaxy Tab screen to numerous wireless receivers, such as a Samsung Smart TV. You can even use Smart View to cast your screen to your computer — see how here.

Smart View is built into your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. You can access it and begin screen mirroring your tablet in just a few steps. These instructions work for screen mirroring Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, S7, A7, S, S6 and more.

Learn everything you need to know about screen mirroring. Read The Ultimate Screen Mirroring Guide.

How to Screen Mirror and Cast a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Before you begin casting your Samsung tablet, you must first access Smart View. You can do this in several ways:

Access Smart View in your Galaxy Tab’s Quick Settings Tray

Swipe down from the top of your Samsung Galaxy Tab to reveal Quick Settings. This will display several icons for quick access. The Smart View icon looks like a play button surrounded by two semicircles. It’s the first button in the image below. If you don’t see Smart View here, move to step 2.

Access Smart View by paging further into your Galaxy Tab’s Quick Settings

When you open your Galaxy Tab’s Quick Settings tray by default, it displays an abbreviated view with only a single row of icons. You can pull the tray down again to reveal the extended view. This displays a full page of available Quick Settings options. In the extended view, each Quick Settings option is labeled. Look for Smart View here or swipe to the next page of options to find the icon.

If you don’t see Smart View here, move to step 3.

Access Smart View by searching inside your Galaxy Tab’s Quick Settings

If you can’t see a Smart View icon anywhere on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, you can search for it. Swipe down from the top of your screen to reveal the Quick Settings tray. Tap the search icon (magnifying glass) and enter “Smart View.” The search results will then display the Smart View icon.

Screen mirror and cast your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 to a computer

You can mirror your Galaxy Tab S7 to more places and displays than just a Smart TV. With the computer app Reflector, you can use Smart View to cast your Galaxy Tab directly to your computer. Reflector lets you record the entire interaction. This is especially useful if you need to record instructional videos or share your tablet screen during a virtual meeting like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Get Reflector here to screen mirror nearly any device to a Mac or Windows computer.

Pro Tips:

Even though your Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android device, if you look for a “Cast” button to mirror your screen, you won’t find it. Samsung devices use Smart View instead.

Make sure your Samsung Galaxy Tab and your receiver device (such as a computer running Reflector or Smart TV) are on the same Wi-Fi network.

If you’re casting a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the mirrored image doesn’t fit your TV or computer correctly, try adjusting your Tab’s aspect ratio. Most modern TVs have a 16:9 aspect ratio. To adjust your Galaxy Tab to fit, follow these steps:

  • Open Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of your screen.
  • Tap Smart View.
  • Tap Tablet Aspect Ratio.
  • Choose the settings that best fit your display, such as “Full screen on connected device.”

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Laptop Mag Verdict

With a larger display, new S Pen, improved Book Cover keyboard and 5G support, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are compelling iPad alternatives.

Pros

  • Magnificent OLED display
  • Improved S Pen and Book Cover keyboard
  • Great speakers
  • 5G support

Cons

  • – No headphone jack
  • – Some apps aren’t optimized for tablets
  • – Below-average battery life (on Galaxy Tab S7 Plus)
  • – Expensive

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Price: 729 (starting at 649) CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 RAM: 8GB Storage: 256GB Display: 11 inches (LTPS IPS LCD), 2560 x 1600-pixel Battery: 13:08 Size: 10 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches Weight: 1.1 pounds

The Galaxy Tab S6 was no fluke. Samsung has defied the odds once more with the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, a duo of tablets mighty enough to go toe-to-toe with the iPad Air and iPad Pro. When I say “defied the odds,” it’s not only because the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus run Android, but also because they’re priced in the same premium range as the iPad Pro. And yet, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are tablets I can easily recommend to friends and family.

The larger version, despite subpar battery life, is the standout. Its successes are largely owed to the 12.4-inch, AMOLED display. The screen’s vivacious colors and inky blacks are what makes the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus the ultimate tablet for media consumption — even more so than the iPad Pro and its impressive 12.9-inch Retina panel.

Price: 929 (starting at 849) CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 RAM: 8GB Storage: 256GB Display: 12.4 inches (SUPER AMOLED), 2800 x 1752-pixel Battery: 8:51 Size: 11.22 x 7.28 x 0.22 inches Weight: 1.3 pounds

New to the Galaxy Tab S7 line are a faster processor, 5G connectivity and a revamped S Pen (included in the box). Samsung also improved the external keyboard (sold separately) and outfitted the tablets with 120Hz displays. All of these changes make the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus a significant upgrade from the Tab S6, which they supplant as the best tablets running Android.

I know what you’re wondering: but how do they compare to the iPad Air and iPad Pro? The answer? favorably than you might expect.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus pricing and configurations

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 starts at 649 for a Wi-Fi model with a Snapdragon 865 chip, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Adding LTE brings the price up to 849.

If you don’t need cellular connectivity, our Wi-Fi-only review unit with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage costs 729 while a 512GB model goes for 829.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus starts at 849 and comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS flash storage.

If you need more storage and RAM, our review unit has 8GB of memory and a 256GB flash drive for 929 while a 512GB version goes for 1,029.

Adding 5G connectivity increases the price of the base model to 1,049 on Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus design

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus share a similar design DNA as their predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S6. From the front, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablets look like most premium slates except with thin display bezels similar to the iPad Pro and new iPad Air. This allows you to FOCUS on the larger display without being distracted by thick black bars.

The only change Samsung made to the front of the Galaxy Tab S7 line was moving the selfie cam to the longer edge of the tablets so you can take shots in landscape mode when connected to the keyboard.

When I flipped the Galaxy Tab S7 around, the first thing I noticed was the stealthy Mystic Black color, which looks sleek and expensive. As much as I like the dark tone, I’m bummed Samsung shifted from vibrant colors to more muted hues. Hopefully, the Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze options add more excitement than the fairly standard black.

Also on the back is a glass teardrop-shaped magnetic stylus holder that extends from beneath a dual-camera module. This replaces the magnetic groove Samsung used on the Galaxy Tab S6 to house the stylus when it’s not in use. The magnet was strong enough to hold the S Pen in place as I rapidly shook the tablet, however, any physical contact with the stylus can dislodge it from the strip. If you’re worried about losing the pen, you should consider the detachable keyboard (more on that later).

Otherwise, there are some antenna bands on the back of the tablet and the edges have an attractive brushed finish to them. A single USB 3.2 Type-C charging port resides on the bottom of the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, but there is sadly no headphone jack on either unit.

At 11.2 x 7.3 x 0.2 inches and 1.3 pounds, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is thin and lightweight. For reference, it has a smaller footprint than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (11.0 x 8.5 x 0.23 inches, 1.4 pounds) and is a tad lighter. The Galaxy Tab S7 is considerably smaller than the “Plus” variant, coming in at 10 x 6.5 x 0.25 inches and 1.1 pounds. Measuring 0.3 inches thin and weighing 1.7 pounds, the Surface Pro 7 is the least portable of the bunch.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus display

“Ohhh, so this is why you’d buy the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus over the iPad Pro,” I realized after powering the tablet on. The 12.4-inch, 2800 x 1752-pixel Super AMOLED panel is simply breathtaking — and that’s an adjective I don’t use lightly.

Don’t get me wrong, the 11-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel LTPS TFT display on the Galaxy Tab S7 is no slouch, either. In fact, it gets brighter than the S7 Plus’ panel and color vibrancy is also excellent, if not up to the OLED standard. The gap in quality between the two displays was closer than I expected, but the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’ screen has a bit more pop and noticeably darker black levels. importantly, that extra 1.4 inches of diagonal screen real estate makes a huge difference.

The stunning display is without question my favorite thing about the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. It gives you a good reason to buy this tablet over the competition or its smaller counterpart. Tablets, after all, were developed primarily for media consumption and no display does a better job of showcasing content than this one.

I could see each of the subtle ridges running across Rami Malek’s scarred face in the trailer for No Time to Die. Daniel Craig’s blue eyes glistened like aquamarine gemstones in stark contrast to the fiery oranges that erupted from the panel during a missile launch scene. And because this is an OLED display, dark scenes and objects appeared as a true inky black.

It wasn’t just the photos and videos that looked great, the panel is so saturated that my eyes were drawn to every object, whether it was webpages or app icons. I’ve come across only a few laptop displays with the same brilliant colors, but there is something special about holding this one in your hand.

The panel is also very sharp, so you’ll see even the smallest details in videos and photos. On top of that, it has a 120Hz refresh rate (as does the Galaxy Tab S7), which means animations look and feel silky smooth. Another spec worth noting is the 16:10 aspect ratio; the screen is slightly taller than a traditional laptop or tablet screen but still wider and narrower than the 4:3 ratio on the iPad.

According to our colorimeter, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’ screen covers 210.6% of the sRGB color gamut in Vivid mode, making it much more vibrant than the 12.9-inch display on the iPad Pro (123%) and the Surface Pro 7’s 12.3-inch panel (102%). Even the Galaxy Tab S7’s LCD screen is more colorful, hitting 152.4% and easily topping the 108% category average.

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You won’t have issues viewing either of these tablets outside on a sunny day. The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’ screen illuminates to 430 nits, while the Galaxy Tab S7’s screen hit a resounding 499 nits. As bright as they are, the iPad Pro gets even brighter, reaching 559 nits, easily outshining the 442-nit tablet average and the Surface Pro 7 (395 nits).

Embedded in the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’ display is a fingerprint sensor for logging in. It’s pretty quick, but not as reliable as I would have liked, so I ended up using facial recognition login via the IR camera and used the fingerprint sensor as a backup. The IR camera is generally faster and more reliable than the finger scanner, but I still didn’t get a 100% success rate.

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, the Tab S7’s fingerprint sensor is embedded in the side-mounted power button. It’s not as easy to find, but I had more luck using this physical sensor than the one hidden beneath the Tab S7 Plus’ OLED panel.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus S Pen and Book Cover keyboard

Samsung revamped the S Pen, making it more responsive and accurate so artists can feel instant feedback as they drag it across the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus’ touchscreens. A favorite feature of Galaxy Note loyalists, the new S Pen achieves these goals with reduced latency from 42 milliseconds to 9 ms.

The updated stylus is also a bit thicker, which makes it more comfortable to hold, although I still find it too thin for my chubby fingers. And finally, Samsung added Air Gestures, similar to the ones supported on the Galaxy Note 20. The gestures were difficult to execute at times and felt gimmicky even when they did work.

The stylus kept up with my fast swipes and Rapid taps as I browsed the web and drew a picture in the included PENUP app. Not only should Samsung earn praise for improving the pen, but it wins points for even including the S Pen in the box. Most competitors charge extra for a stylus (I’m glaring at you, Microsoft and Apple). I also like how the S Pen charges when placed on the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus’ magnetic strip.

When you want to use the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus as a laptop, you can connect it to the optional keyboard attachment. Also updated this year, the new Book Cover keyboard has a larger touchpad that supports multi-touch gestures, a delete key, function keys and full-sized Enter and Shift keys. The keys are surprisingly comfortable to type on and the trackpad works well, but don’t expect deep key travel.

The Galaxy Tab S7 wasn’t so lucky. Its Book Cover keyboard attachment is cramped, lacks a shortcut row and has several undersized keys, including Enter and Backspace. I could see myself using the Tab S7 Plus’ keyboard for work, but I can’t say the same about the keyboard on the smaller model.

Separate from the keyboard attachment is a leatherette folio cover that protects the back of the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus. It feels great and has a clever flap on the top under which the stylus is encased. This protects the stylus when it’s not in use but keeps the pen readily accessible.

Android 10 and Samsung DeX

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus run Android 10 out of the box, making them the last species of a near-extinct line of Android tablets. It looks like a larger version of what you find on the latest Android phones complete with the millions of apps available on the Play Store (an advantage the Galaxy Tab S7 has over the Surface Pro 7). Unfortunately, certain Android apps and interfaces don’t scale well on a tablet — large black bars flank the usable screen space on un-optimized apps.

Samsung knows Android is an Achilles’ heel for those who want to do more than consume content, so it brought back DeX after a hiatus on the Tab S6 Lite. For the uninitiated, DeX is Samsung’s custom desktop interface designed to make the Tab S7 Plus feel more like a laptop so you don’t have to stop using your tablet when it’s time to get some work done.

The main DeX interface will look familiar to those who have used a Windows 10 PC or Chromebook. There is a taskbar at the bottom of the screen where you can pin apps, otherwise, they stay as shortcuts on the home screen. Similar to Windows 10, the bottom-right corner is where you’ll find quick access icons for certain settings, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and date/time.

I spent most of my time in the standard Android mode but switched to DeX when I attached the Book Cover keyboard. It plays better with the touchpad, although some apps refused to open in DeX mode and resizing the Windows is more difficult than it needs to be.

There are some nice new additions to DeX this time around. For one, the Book Cover Keyboard now has a DeX key so you can instantly launch the desktop interface with a single tap. And just like the Galaxy Note 20, DeX on the Tab S7 can be wirelessly cast to a TV so long as it supports Miracast.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus performance

Powering our Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, the same one found in the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra. Along with 5G support, the chip delivers faster performance than the Snapdragon 855 found in the Galaxy Tab S6.

Our tablets, which packed 8GB of RAM, never slowed down during my testing. The Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus ran multiple apps at once and seamlessly switched between DeX mode and the standard Android 10 interface without a hitch. I played music on YouTube Music, watched videos on YouTube and ran simple apps, like AccuWeather, without experiencing any performance issues.

Yes, your tablet will slow down if you forget to close background tasks or load a few too many Chrome tabs, but the majority of tablet users will be pleased with the performance of the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus.

The Galaxy Tab S7 didn’t light-up our benchmark tests, and that’s OK. While it’s not as brawny as its rivals, the Galaxy Tab S7 runs Android and, therefore, doesn’t need to lift as much weight. So although the below scores might not sound promising, the Tab S7 performs well in everyday scenarios.

With that said, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus notched a 3,074 and 2,910, respectively, on the Geekbench 5 overall performance test. Those figures pale in comparison to the iPad Pro (4,720, A12Z CPU) and Surface Pro 7 (4,878, 10th Gen Core i7).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus 5G

The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus supports a 5G connection, so you should get the fastest cellular speeds around if you’re in a 5G-covered area. As of now, 5G is pretty limited and only a few wireless carriers have a live network.

We tested Verizon’s 5G network with the Lenovo Flex 5G and determined it to be wildly unreliable, but promising nonetheless. Most people don’t buy a new tablet every year so getting one with 5G today means you won’t be missing an important feature tomorrow (and by that I mean in the next few years).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus audio

The Tab S7 Plus’ quad-speaker setup pumps out rich, loud audio. My wife and I watched an episode of Project Runway on the Galaxy Tab S Plus and only needed to listen at around 60% volume to hear Heidi Klum’s harsh critiques clearly.

And when I streamed music on YouTube Play with Dolby Atmos turned on, my favorite songs sounded surprisingly balanced and full-bodied. When Glass Animals’ “Domestic Bliss” rose to a crescendo, the lead singer’s vocals remained undistorted despite being loud enough to hear from the other side of my apartment. The treble was sharp at maximum volume, but it rounded off when I dialed the sound down to 70%.

What impressed me the most was how hefty the drums sounded in Hozier’s “Dinner Diatribes.” It might not be the heart-thumping slams of a proper Bluetooth speaker, but the thuds were much heavier than I’m used to hearing from a tablet. My only complaint is that the speaker grills on the side are easy to block with your palms when you hold the tablet in landscape mode.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus cameras

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.

I took a few quick shots around my house and outside on my porch and the photos turned out great.

This first shot shows the macro capabilities of the 13MP lens. You can see each individual thorn shooting out of the fingers of my young dragonfruit plant. The image retained its detail even when I zoomed in.

Again, this picture of ink bottles is very sharp. You can read the smaller cursive font on the left bottle and even the tiny letters at the top of the right-most bottle. Color accuracy is great and if look closely, you can see the leather finish on the fountain pen in the front.

The wide-angle shot is less impressive. There is some obvious distortion similar to what you find on a fisheye lens. The 5MP also struggled to capture as much detail — it’s good enough for but I wouldn’t get this image printed.

There is no dedicated Night Mode option, but the Galaxy Tab S7 did a good job of capturing light in darker environments, like in this picture of the books I’m currently reading.

Other shots I took were, in typical Samsung fashion, oversaturated. The dull green leaves of a changing fall tree looked like they had just been given a fresh coat of paint while the sky above was a deep blue instead of a bluish-gray. Some people will prefer the amped-up colors, but purists should download a photo editing app to tone them down.

The selfie I snapped with the 8MP front-facing camera reminded me that my work-from-home days during the pandemic have taken a toll on my personal hygiene. Stray strands of hair in my beard are ready for a razor; the lens was so sharp that I could see reflections in my eyes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7 Plus battery life

Up to this point, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus justified its higher price with a larger, more colorful display and more practical keyboard than the Tab S7. Here is where the script flips.

The Galaxy Tab S7’s 8,000 mAh battery lasted for an impressive 13 hours and 8 minutes on our battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness.

Despite having a larger 10,090 mAH cell, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus powered down after only 8 hours and 51 minutes on the same test. We ran this test a few times to be sure but never got close to the 10:56 average. In comparison, the iPad Pro lasted for 10 hours and 16 minutes while the Surface Pro 7 endured for a paltry 7 hours and 20 minutes.

We’ll continue to run more battery life tests on the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and will update this review should anything change.

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Bottom line

If you’d asked me a few years ago which Android tablet to buy, I’d probably have said to stop looking. Buy an iPad. Buy a Surface Pro. Buy anything else. If you ask me today, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are the clear-cut best options. They both have gorgeous displays, premium designs, top-notch accessories, and even 5G support for those who need the fastest internet speeds outside of the home.

I’d go as far as to say the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the best tablet for viewing media due in large part to its magnificent 12.4-inch OLED display, which makes regular LED panels look dull. For productivity, the iPad Pro is still the best choice. While the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus adds nice improvements to the keyboard and S Pen, the combo of Android and DeX remains a thorn in its side for those who want their tablet to be a primary device.

So, who should buy the Galaxy Tab S7? If you want a tablet for watching Netflix, streaming videos, drawing, or even light productivity, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are excellent options. This is especially true if you’re not locked into Apple’s ecosystem because the excellent iPad Pro and upcoming iPad Air are hard to ignore.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus guide: A tablet for the new normal of remote work

Larger screen, more RAM/storage, improved DeX experience and 5G make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus very effective laptop alternatives.

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus were unveiled at Samsung Unpacked 2020 on Aug. 5. The new Tab S tablets were announced along with a host of other Samsung products including the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra phones, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G foldable phone, Galaxy Watch 3 wearable and Galaxy Buds Live earbuds. This year’s Unpacked event was completely digital due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data cited by Samsung, since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. in-home mobile data usage has grown by almost 50% and more than 25% of professionals report they have either started using video conferencing or are using it more often. Of people employed before the pandemic, about 50% are now working from home and 87% of mobility decision makers expect their employees will continue to work remotely.

“There’s been a real shift in the way that we work and live. And with that shift, technology has played a crucial role in helping us stay connected, be productive and manage our day to day,” Drew Blackard, vice president of product management at Samsung Electronics America said.

For many, Samsung expects these changes to be permanent and wants to offer consumers devices that help them merge work and play. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are designed to help achieve that goal by blending a laptop-like work environment using Samsung DeX and an improved keyboard with the entertainment qualities of a tablet.

Indeed, Samsung hopes the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus will be a laptop replacement for many and shared that one third of Galaxy Tab S6 buyers started out looking for a PC. “That number will grow as more workers become remote and as more businesses assess their needs,” Bob Escalle, head of product management, Mobile B2B, Samsung Electronics America said.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus new features and hardware upgrades

The most important new feature for Samsung’s 2020 Galaxy Tab S tablet is that there are now two models to choose from, the Tab S7 with its 11″ LTPS TFT display and the Tab S7 Plus with its 12.4″ Super AMOLED screen. For comparison, last year’s Galaxy Tab S6 had a 10.5″ display.

Along with the larger screens, Samsung packed plenty of other hardware upgrades into the Tab S7 and Tab S7. Both tablets have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform processor, come with either 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and have higher-capacity batteries than last year’s Tab S6. Samsung has also added 5G support to both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus.

The S Pen, included with both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus, also got an update. The new S Pen is larger, features a “more comfortable grip” and has reduced latency. Samsung has also added support for five new Air Actions (motion gestures) to the S Pen. Users can now trigger Back, Home, Recent, Smart Select and Screen Write commands with the flick of their wrist.

Samsung Notes has also been updated to take advantage of the new S Pen. You can now import PDFs into Samsung Notes and write directly on the PDF, an incredibly handy feature for signing digital documents. You can use Audio Bookmark to sync voice recordings with written notes, better manage your notes with folders and sync your notes across your tablet, phone, and PC via Samsung Cloud.

Multitasking has been improved with a Multi-Active Window feature that allows you to use up to three apps simultaneously via split view. You can also use App Pair to automatically launch up to three apps at the same time.

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard has also gotten a significant update, with a larger trackpad that supports multi-finger gestures and more standard computer keys.

The 8MP front camera has been moved to the center of the tablet’s right side. When oriented in landscape mode, this puts the camera at the top of the screen like you find on most laptops.

A full list of hardware specifications for each tablet are available at the bottom of this article.

Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus

Samsung DeX is getting two big upgrades with the launch of the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus.

First, when you connect the Book Cover Keyboard to the tablet, DeX can automatically launch in a new standalone mode that provides a more desktop-like UI, with a unique task bar, keyboard shortcuts, and adjustable screen settings.

Second, like the Samsung Note S20 and Note S20 Ultra, DeX on the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus can connect wirelessly to a Smart TV that supports mirror cast, which includes any Samsung Smart TV from 2019 onward.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs Tab S7 Plus: Which one should you buy?

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus are similar in many ways. Both tablets have the same processor, the same storage and RAM options, identical cameras, four speakers, a USB-C connector, and run Android 10. An updated version of Samsung’s S Pen is also included with both devices. The Tab S7 and S7 Plus versions of the new S Pen are larger than the Note20 and Note20 Ultra. There are new versions of Samsung’s book cover and keyboard book cover (sold separately) are also available for each tablet. And both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 will be available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi 5G models.

The more-expensive Tab S7 Plus differentiates itself with a larger Super AMOLED display, higher-capacity battery, and a fingerprint scanner built into the display. You also get a more laptop-like experience with the S7 Plus thanks to the 12 Function keys available on the S7 Plus version of the Book Cover Keyboard.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus available colors

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are available in three colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus pricing and availability

The Galaxy Tab S7 has a starting price of 649 (US) with the Tab S7 Plus starting at 849 (US). Customers can pre-order the Tab samp; and S7 Plus starting September 2nd, with regular availability starting September 18th.

Galaxy Tab S7 hardware specs

  • Operating system: Android 10
  • Screen: 11″ 2560×1600 (WQXGA) LTPS TFT, 120Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform
  • RAM/Storage: 6GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB, microSD up to 1TB
  • Battery: 8,000mAh
  • Rear cameras: 13MP (main) 5MP (ultra wide) flash
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi 5G
  • Connector: 1 USB-C (3.2 Gen)
  • Speakers: Quad speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light, Hall sensor, fingerprint (on the side key)
  • Accessories: S Pen (included); Book Cover and Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Weight/Model: 1.10 lb (Wi-Fi), 1.10 lb (5G)
  • Dimensions: 253.8mm (W) x 165.3mm (H) / 6.3mm thick
  • Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
  • Cost: Starts at 649 (US)

Galaxy Tab S7 Plus hardware specs

  • Operating system: Android 10
  • Screen: 12.4″ 2800×1752 (WQXGA), sAMOLED, 120Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform
  • RAM/Storage: 6GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB, microSD up to 1TB
  • Battery: 10,090mAh
  • Rear cameras: 13MP (main) 5MP (ultra wide) flash
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi 5G
  • Connector: 1 USB-C (3.2 Gen)
  • Speakers: Quad speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light, Hall sensor, fingerprint (on the display)
  • Accessories: S Pen (included); Book Cover and Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Weight/Model: 1.30 lb (Wi-Fi) 1.130 lb (5G)
  • Dimensions: 253.8mm (W) x 165.3mm (H) / 6.3mm thick
  • Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
  • Cost: Starts at 849 (US)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Battery Replacement

If your Tab S7’s battery no longer holds a charge like it once did, it may be time for a battery replacement. Fortunately, at CPR Cell Phone Repair, Tab S7 battery replacement is quick and painless. When you bring in your malfunctioning tablet, our technicians will test the battery, pinpoint the issue, and replace the battery as needed. After your battery replacement, your Tab S7 should be able to keep up with you for years to come.

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