Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you are willing to wait for more apps to support the Dex desktop mode, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 offers one of the most compelling Android tablet experiences today -- although it comes at a premium price.

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • S Pen included
  • Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Plenty of storage
  • Lightweight, attractive design

What's bad

  • Dex app support so-so
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Small keys on keyboard case accessory
  • Price

Android tablets are a mixed bag these days. For most, getting a productivity-friendly, high-end tablet means jumping over to Apple’s iPad lineup . Samsung’s latest release hopes to challenge this trend with its large display, included stylus, and interesting desktop mode. But does it all add up to a great experience worth the premium price?

The tablet uses an aluminum chassis with glass front and rear panels reminiscent of a giant smartphone. Reviewers loved the sleek lines and glossy panels -- apart from fingerprints. The thin, lightweight design is also comfortable for one-handed use if you’re reading magazines or browsing the web. However, if you’re planning to use the tablet on the go, you’ll want a case to protect it from the occasional drop and to improve grip.

Around front, you’ll find the star of the show -- a 10.5-inch 1600-by-2560 pixel Super AMOLED display. Like most Samsung displays, it offers deep, inky blacks and punchy colors. Reviewers found the display plenty sharp for text and images while the HDR support makes video content -- such as Netflix -- look great.

Since there’s no fingerprint scanner or home button, Samsung’s trimmed the bezels and reviewers liked the added immersion. But this means that the table uses face and iris recognition instead of the more secure fingerprint security. If you’re worried about security, you might stick to password mode.

Powering the tablet, you’ll find last year’s 2.35Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. From launching a half dozen apps in Dex mode to playing the latest games, reviewers found the tablet snappy and responsive no matter how hard they pushed it. Sure, if you open 15 apps things bog down a little, but they don’t crash and the tablet stays cool to the touch at all times.

Depending on your model, you’ll find 64 or 256GB of internal storage with microSD card support up to 400GB to expand storage when needed.

The tablet runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Dex mode support -- Samsung’s interesting hybrid desktop mode. You can link up a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and use your apps in windows like a desktop or laptop. There’s even support for connecting to an external monitor -- though the software only clones the display so you can’t have separate apps open on both screens.

While the basics of Dex mode received high marks. Many reviewers ran into issues with app support. Some questioned how long it would take for apps to adapt -- if at all.

On the photography front, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing lens. While good for basic snapshots or the occasional video chat, they’re not the same powerful cameras you’ll find in Samsung’s smartphone lineup.

On the audio front, the quad stereo speakers from AKG with Dolby Atmos support crank out plenty of volume -- even in noisy environments. If you’re looking for a private listening experience, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack

The included S Pen active stylus is another perk to the tablet. Completely redesigned, the new chunkier stylus reminded many reviewers of a real pen. It was responsive, accurate, and doesn’t require batteries. Overall, it was one of the most talked about features.

Finally, we come to battery life. The monstrous 7300mAh battery with USB Type-C Quick Charge support lasted two days for mixed use or a single day of heavy use on a single charge. Just remember, while the tablet supports Quick Charge, the added size of the battery means full charges will take a while. Still, if you need a little extra juice to get through a task or to watch a quick video, plugging in for a few minutes should get the job done.

Overall, reviewers liked the tablet. While some questioned the validity of Android tablets compared to iPads , most found the tablet a joy to use. There are questions about the future of Dex. However, this is due to app support, not due to any failing on Samsung’s part. 

T3 summed up opinions well, saying, “Seriously consider the iPad Pro 10.5 , but if you’re set on Android ... the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will suit you just right.” MobileSyrup offered more, saying, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 pleasantly surprised me. It functioned well and allowed me to get through a day of work. I can say I was definitely productive on the Tab S4, especially in comparison to other Android tablets I've used in the past.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.35 GHz
Screen Size
10.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Stuff

If you’re waiting for a tablet revolution, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 isn’t it. This is just another solid high-powered tablet that makes doing some real work in Android a bit easier than its predecessors. Tablets like this are getting rarer, though, and almost nothing else can stand up to the iPad P...

- Andrew Williams, Stuff
Softpedia

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 excels especially in those areas that are important for tablet users. So before buying it, you must first think what you’re planning to use the Tab S4 for.

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia
Gear Patrol

The Tab S4 feels closer to the desired desktop experience because DeX mode is significantly more versatile than the Note 9’s version of the same. The ability to run Android apps and PC windows simultaneously feels almost like a game changer. But the experience is still marred by a limited number of...

- Tucker Bowe, Gear Patrol
Techgoondu

In the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung has created a souped-up tablet that runs just about anything you throw at it. As both a media consumption or creation tool, it is a pleasant companion on the road or at the couch at home.

- Alfred Siew, Techgoondu
ZDNet

The Galaxy Tab S4 tries hard to be a must-have device for the modern day enterprise user, and while it succeeds in many areas, it fails in others. I am sold on the advantages that tablets can bring over smartphones and notebooks when it comes to portability and productivity.

- Cho Mu-Hyun, ZDNet


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Screen Size
10.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4's screen size is 10.5 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7300mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 7300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab S4 Specs

Overview
Release date August 10, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.065 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 7300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 16 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 10 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.9 x 16.4 x 0.7 cm (9.8 x 6.5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 482 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 288 pixels
Size 10.5 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-T830, SM-T837, SM-T835

SIM card only available on LTE version.

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Critic Reviews


Stuff

Samsung takes on the iPad Pro, again

from Stuff

If you’re waiting for a tablet revolution, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 isn’t it. This is just another solid high-powered tablet that makes doing some real work in Android a bit easier than its predecessors. Tablets like this are getting rarer, though, and almost nothing else can stand up to the iPad Pro series as well.

Read full review

If you’re waiting for a tablet revolution, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 isn’t it. This is just another solid high-powered tablet that makes doing some real work in Android a bit easier than its predecessors. Tablets like this are getting rarer, though, and almost nothing else can stand up to the iPad Pro series as well.

Read full review

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Softpedia

Samsung’s latest iPad killer is finally here

from Softpedia

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 excels especially in those areas that are important for tablet users. So before buying it, you must first think what you’re planning to use the Tab S4 for.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 excels especially in those areas that are important for tablet users. So before buying it, you must first think what you’re planning to use the Tab S4 for.

Read full review

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Gear Patrol

Kind of multitasking beast

from Gear Patrol

The Tab S4 feels closer to the desired desktop experience because DeX mode is significantly more versatile than the Note 9’s version of the same. The ability to run Android apps and PC windows simultaneously feels almost like a game changer. But the experience is still marred by a limited number of optimized apps.

Read full review

The Tab S4 feels closer to the desired desktop experience because DeX mode is significantly more versatile than the Note 9’s version of the same. The ability to run Android apps and PC windows simultaneously feels almost like a game changer. But the experience is still marred by a limited number of optimized apps.

Read full review

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Techgoondu

Bigger and more powerful

from Techgoondu

In the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung has created a souped-up tablet that runs just about anything you throw at it. As both a media consumption or creation tool, it is a pleasant companion on the road or at the couch at home.

Read full review

In the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung has created a souped-up tablet that runs just about anything you throw at it. As both a media consumption or creation tool, it is a pleasant companion on the road or at the couch at home.

Read full review

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ZDNet

A versatile productivity booster that falls just short

from ZDNet

The Galaxy Tab S4 tries hard to be a must-have device for the modern day enterprise user, and while it succeeds in many areas, it fails in others. I am sold on the advantages that tablets can bring over smartphones and notebooks when it comes to portability and productivity.

Read full review

The Galaxy Tab S4 tries hard to be a must-have device for the modern day enterprise user, and while it succeeds in many areas, it fails in others. I am sold on the advantages that tablets can bring over smartphones and notebooks when it comes to portability and productivity.

Read full review

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T3

The one true iPad alternative

from T3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 isn’t perfect, but it’s the nearest I’ve seen an Android tablet get to being a recommendation over the latest iPad range. There aren’t many improvements over the Galaxy Tab S3, and this is the most high-end spec and premium feel tablet the company has ever made.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 isn’t perfect, but it’s the nearest I’ve seen an Android tablet get to being a recommendation over the latest iPad range. There aren’t many improvements over the Galaxy Tab S3, and this is the most high-end spec and premium feel tablet the company has ever made.

Read full review

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Ars Technica

Even Samsung’s Dex desktop can’t save Android tablets

from Ars Technica

Most of the things I like about the Tab S4 are things that I liked in the Tab S3. The Tab S4 is an attractive, lightweight Android tablet made better by expandable storage, face-and-eye login options, and a redesigned S Pen. I used the new S Pen more than any other stylus on any other tablet or t...More

Most of the things I like about the Tab S4 are things that I liked in the Tab S3. The Tab S4 is an attractive, lightweight Android tablet made better by expandable storage, face-and-eye login options, and a redesigned S Pen. I used the new S Pen more than any other stylus on any other tablet or two-in-one thanks to its newfound comfort in my hand and my general love for Air Command's convenience.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

Not the newest-and-best in the market

from PhoneArena

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a prime example of this new breed of "productive tablets" — instead of trying to fit in an awkward tablet-PC hybrid sector, they proudly flaunt their touch-first interface with all of its pros and cons. Its included S Pen is excellent for those who want to draw or p...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a prime example of this new breed of "productive tablets" — instead of trying to fit in an awkward tablet-PC hybrid sector, they proudly flaunt their touch-first interface with all of its pros and cons. Its included S Pen is excellent for those who want to draw or people who simply like to take notes by hand and its plethora of features makes it a good device for both work and entertainment.

Read full review

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TechRadar

The 2-in-1 promise without the productivity chops

from TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 tries to push Android tablets to the next level with 2-in-1 desktop-like software, and while it's what we want to see from even the iPad, the idea doesn't automatically make it the best tablet. It's overpriced, the touchscreen isn't as responsive in Dex mode, and too many apps aren't optimized.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 tries to push Android tablets to the next level with 2-in-1 desktop-like software, and while it's what we want to see from even the iPad, the idea doesn't automatically make it the best tablet. It's overpriced, the touchscreen isn't as responsive in Dex mode, and too many apps aren't optimized.

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

Productivity at its near-best

from Mobile Syrup

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 pleasantly surprised me. It functioned well and allowed me to get through a day of work. I can say I was definitely productive on the Tab S4, especially in comparison to other Android tablets I've used in the past. However, I wasn't more productive than I would've been on a Windows laptop or even a Chromebook.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 pleasantly surprised me. It functioned well and allowed me to get through a day of work. I can say I was definitely productive on the Tab S4, especially in comparison to other Android tablets I've used in the past. However, I wasn't more productive than I would've been on a Windows laptop or even a Chromebook.

Read full review

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