Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 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...


Good Gear Guide

If you’re looking to buy an high-performance, premium Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 should somewhere towards the top of your list. However, if you’re looking for a reason to buy an Android tablet at all, I’m not 100% convinced you’ll find it here.

- Fergus Halliday, Good Gear Guide
India Today

Keeping the price aside, the Tab S4 is a multi-purpose tablet. Thanks to a capable Snapdragon 835 chipset, everything works smoothly be it browsing through web pages or creating documents and presentation. But that's pretty much the most you can do with this Rs 57,000 tablet. The chipset is not powe...

- Sanket Vijayasarathy, India Today
NDTV

The Galaxy Tab S4, once again, is neither a smartphone killer nor a laptop replacement, but fits quite neatly between the two categories as a device meant purely for fulfilling your entertainment needs.

- Ankit Chawla, NDTV
Tech Advisor

A proper rival to the iPad Pro is long overdue and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S4 certainly looks like it’s up for the challenge. At £599 without the keyboard case, the Galaxy Tab S4 isn't a tablet for everyone but could make for a decent laptop replacement for some.

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
The Wirecutter

The Galaxy Tab S4 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen with HDR and an included stylus. It’s the best Android tablet available, but it costs more than most people should spend.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter


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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, India
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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Good Gear Guide

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from Good Gear Guide

If you’re looking to buy an high-performance, premium Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 should somewhere towards the top of your list. However, if you’re looking for a reason to buy an Android tablet at all, I’m not 100% convinced you’ll find it here.

Read full review

If you’re looking to buy an high-performance, premium Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 should somewhere towards the top of your list. However, if you’re looking for a reason to buy an Android tablet at all, I’m not 100% convinced you’ll find it here.

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India Today

The best Android tablet but pricey

from India Today

Keeping the price aside, the Tab S4 is a multi-purpose tablet. Thanks to a capable Snapdragon 835 chipset, everything works smoothly be it browsing through web pages or creating documents and presentation. But that's pretty much the most you can do with this Rs 57,000 tablet. The chipset is not p...More

Keeping the price aside, the Tab S4 is a multi-purpose tablet. Thanks to a capable Snapdragon 835 chipset, everything works smoothly be it browsing through web pages or creating documents and presentation. But that's pretty much the most you can do with this Rs 57,000 tablet. The chipset is not powerful enough to handle intense workload like editing videos or music, and Android apps aren't quite optimised for DeX mode, so you're basically left with a pretty expensive entertainment device.

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NDTV

A good companion for your multimedia and artistic needs

from NDTV

The Galaxy Tab S4, once again, is neither a smartphone killer nor a laptop replacement, but fits quite neatly between the two categories as a device meant purely for fulfilling your entertainment needs.

Read full review

The Galaxy Tab S4, once again, is neither a smartphone killer nor a laptop replacement, but fits quite neatly between the two categories as a device meant purely for fulfilling your entertainment needs.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Aims to replace your laptop

from Tech Advisor

A proper rival to the iPad Pro is long overdue and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S4 certainly looks like it’s up for the challenge. At £599 without the keyboard case, the Galaxy Tab S4 isn't a tablet for everyone but could make for a decent laptop replacement for some.

Read full review

A proper rival to the iPad Pro is long overdue and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S4 certainly looks like it’s up for the challenge. At £599 without the keyboard case, the Galaxy Tab S4 isn't a tablet for everyone but could make for a decent laptop replacement for some.

Read full review

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The Wirecutter

Best Android tablet, for a price

from The Wirecutter

The Galaxy Tab S4 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen with HDR and an included stylus. It’s the best Android tablet available, but it costs more than most people should spend.

Read full review

The Galaxy Tab S4 has a gorgeous 10.5-inch OLED screen with HDR and an included stylus. It’s the best Android tablet available, but it costs more than most people should spend.

Read full review

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Ausdroid

A relatively viable alternative to a laptop

from Ausdroid

Coupled with the keyboard cover and (for some users) DeX functionality I’m confident that the Tab S4 could offer a relatively viable alternative to a laptop, with some increased mobility and convenience provided you’ve got the budget at your disposal.

Read full review

Coupled with the keyboard cover and (for some users) DeX functionality I’m confident that the Tab S4 could offer a relatively viable alternative to a laptop, with some increased mobility and convenience provided you’ve got the budget at your disposal.

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Digit

A great tablet for consuming content

from Digit

It has good battery life and a slim profile. However, the glass construction makes it fragile, and for the price, the speakers could have been a bit better. Its performance as a tablet is good and can multitask well along with running any app or game you throw at it. DeX is interesting and does g...More

It has good battery life and a slim profile. However, the glass construction makes it fragile, and for the price, the speakers could have been a bit better. Its performance as a tablet is good and can multitask well along with running any app or game you throw at it. DeX is interesting and does give the device a laptop like feel. However, it isn’t perfect and needs work before it can take on Windows based 2-in-1 devices.

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Notebookcheck

The strongest Android tablet on the market

from Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a fantastic tablet that takes the Android tablet crown thanks to its great display and the current lack of viable alternatives.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is a fantastic tablet that takes the Android tablet crown thanks to its great display and the current lack of viable alternatives.

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Hothardware

An Android tablet for mobile professionals

from Hothardware

At $649.99 the Galaxy Tab S4 is a premium product, which it backs up with solid performance, an elegant design, and one of the best stylus pen setups on the market. It also has one of the best displays we have come across on a tablet, or a laptop for that matter.

Read full review

At $649.99 the Galaxy Tab S4 is a premium product, which it backs up with solid performance, an elegant design, and one of the best stylus pen setups on the market. It also has one of the best displays we have come across on a tablet, or a laptop for that matter.

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ZDNet

An Android tablet built for business

from ZDNet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has functionality that makes it a better tablet for the enterprise. This functionality includes Samsung DeX integration, mouse support, S Pen functionality with Air Command utilities, and multi-window capability. You can also use the tablet as a touch pad, digitizer, or...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has functionality that makes it a better tablet for the enterprise. This functionality includes Samsung DeX integration, mouse support, S Pen functionality with Air Command utilities, and multi-window capability. You can also use the tablet as a touch pad, digitizer, or touch keyboard when connected to an external monitor.

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