The Galaxy Tab S7 + is Samsung’s new flagship tablet. In a market where the format is increasingly neglected, the manufacturer has turned to new uses to attract consumers. By stepping into the breach opened by Apple’s iPad Pro, this tactile slate wants to replace your ultraportable PC, while remaining on Android. But does she really need this to seduce?
Tablets aren’t as popular as they used to be. True flagships of the early 2010s, they have gradually fallen into disuse, in particular because of the expansion of telephones. However, a few die-hards continue to release new tactile slates, such as Samsung, which launched its Galaxy Tab S7 + 5G, that we are testing today.
To attract buyers, we no longer simply need to offer a classic Android experience with a larger screen, but new uses. Like Apple and its iPad Pro, Samsung is eyeing ultraportables at the level of use. This results in the presence of a stylus, but also of a cover containing keyboard and trackpad (sold separately). We will see if this new Galaxy Tab S7 + 5G can replace a daily ultraportable, but also and above all if it’s a good product.
Price and availability
The Galaxy Tab S7 + is already available on the Samsung site and it is available in several versions. The cheapest is the Wi-Fi version with 128 GB of storage sold at 949 euros. This same model with 256 GB is sold 1029 euros.
The Galaxy Tab S7 + is also available in 5G version. With a memory of 256 GB, it is sold at 1199 euros. It is this model that we are testing today in our columns. It is available in three colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic Silver.
If the stylus is supplied with the machine, note that the keyboard which also acts as a protective cover is sold separately, since it is displayed for 229 euros on the Samsung site. A cover without keyboard is also available at a price of 80 euros.
Thus, it is not financially advantageous to favor the Galaxy Tab S7 + over a high-end ultraportable. We are facing to a premium product which is fully assumed.
An impressive technical sheet
The Galaxy Tab S7 + impresses with its technical sheet. Samsung wanted to offer here the best for a tablet. On the screen side, we have a 12.4-inch panel with a definition of 2800 x 1752 pixels (11 inches for the normal S7 version).
|Galaxy Tab S7 +|
|Dimensions||285 mm x 185 mm x 5.7 mm|
2800 x 1752 pixels, 120 Hz
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (7nm)|
|Front sensor||8 MP f / 2.0|
|Rear sensors||13 MP f / 2.0
ultra wide angle 5 MP f / 2.2
|security||Ultrasonic footprint scanner under the screen|
|BONE||Android 10 + One UI 2.5|
Inside we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, the most powerful on the market today, supported by 8 GB of RAM. The battery is 10,090 mAh with a fast charge of 45 watts and the APN, anecdotal for a tablet, is 13 megapixels.
A design that focuses on finesse
Samsung is betting on an ultra-thin chassis with this new tablet, since it is only 5.7mm thick. An impressive finesse that almost gives the feeling of handling a screen placed on a simple aluminum plate.
The rear cover, therefore aluminum, is made in one piece with the edges. The material is noble and the feeling to the touch very pleasant. However, the metal (here black) attracts fingerprints enormously and the more obsessed will have to constantly clean their tablet if it is not protected by the cover.
The edges are angular, which reinforces the impression of finesse, and without frills. On the back cover we find a “Samsung” directly engraved in the metal, as well as a long black glass strip. Magnetic, it is used to place the stylus there when not in use. Just above, we find the module for the camera. Visually, it is a success. Each design element serves the use and everything has been thought to be very simple, even purified in the extreme.
On the edges, we find the four speakers, placed in pairs on each side of the screen, but also a USB Type-C port. No Jack socket here, you will need to use a Bluetooth headset or compatible headphones, like those provided in the box.
On the horizontal slices we find the cover for the SIM card with microSD slot, the power button as well as the one dedicated to the volume. On the lower edge, we also notice the presence of a proprietary connector designed to hang the keyboard there with a system of magnets. No fingerprint sensor on the edges, since it is included in the panel, in the same way as in the Galaxy Tab S6. This sensor works perfectly and is supported by facial recognition, which is also very effective.
The screen part is also very sober, with edges admittedly present, but discreet compared to previous models of Galaxy Tab. We particularly appreciate the rounded corners which somewhat soften a very angular design.
The tablet is ultimately very pleasant to use and its finesse serves the use. Its weight of 561 grams is also well balanced over the entire surface of the machine. A success that is both visual and ergonomic. We are now used to Samsung.
We were able to test the cover / keyboard sold separately. It is in two parts, which means you can use the tablet with the shell, but without the bulky keyboard part that pops off if you don’t need it. Useful when you pick up your terminal just to play or watch a series. The shell magnetically attaches to the back cover, leaving room for the stylus. Thus, he has no chance to dress up during transport.
In imitation leather, it has a retractable foot that can rotate 170 degrees. Perfect for propping up your tablet “upright” to watch a movie or putting it down with a slight inclination to write or draw.
The keyboard part is also in imitation leather and protects the screen when closed. Inside, it has a very nice soft plastic texture. We will come back to the keyboard at greater length during this test.
With all his gear, the Galaxy Tab S7 + just exceeds the kilo on the scale. For a tablet, it starts to get heavy, nonetheless, it’s the weight of a classic 13-inch ultraportable. Nothing shocking for the assumed positioning of the product, therefore.
A vibrant Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + has a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display (11 inches for the S7) with a resolution of 2800 x 1752 pixels. The panel has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which makes navigation much more pleasing to the eye. However, it should be noted that here we have an absolute refresh rate, and not adaptive as is the case on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Pity. The edges are thin, but visible unlike current smartphones, which is understandable for a tablet when the user constantly holds it on the sides. The front screen ratio, however, remains very high at 85%.
We ran the screen under a probe and got very good results. Super AMOLED obliges, we have an infinite contrast ratio. The blacks are very deep and the whites are brilliant. The average temperature is correct, 6900 K, or a little above the 6500K of the video standard. On a white display, the screen is therefore very slightly blue, but this remains almost imperceptible.
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Maximum brightness is good at 600 cd / m², so the screen remains readable in direct sunlight. Small flat with respect to the colors displayed, however. The average Delta E is 4.6, which is a bit high. The colors displayed on the panel are therefore not faithful to the original ones. This can be seen with the naked eye, since the colors are “vibrant”, neon. A choice of Samsung to give a more attractive appearance to its panel. Note that this result was obtained in the “vivid” mode of the screen. In “natural” mode, the average Delta E drops below 3 and the colors are therefore very faithful, but duller compared to the default mode. It will be up to you to make a choice. The options also allow you to adjust the temperature to your liking.
On the audio side, Samsung gives us a pair of speakers on each side of the screen. The sound is pleasant and well balanced. Likewise, the presence of four outlets prevents the situation of choking on the palms when you hold your tablet horizontally to watch a video. In short, an example to follow in this area, the sound is so good taking into account the reduced size of the product.
The Galaxy Tab S7 + is equipped with a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ supported by 8 GB of RAM. This is the most powerful processor on the market at the moment, so there is no need to worry about its performance. Our model – as we have said – has 256 GB of memory. On paper, the tablet is therefore almost perfect on point.
In our benchmark tests, the tablet did not fail. It’s simply the second most powerful product that we had in test, the first remaining the ROG Phone 3, which seems unachievable. The Tab S7 + thus exceeds the dolphin in place of our ranking, namely the Z Fold 2, also signed by Samsung. In short, we have there an ultra-powerful tablet ideal for work and play. This obviously translates into maximum user comfort. During our test, we did not see any slowing down or stuttering. All apps work fine and games, like Asphalt 9, run smoothly with the graphics full.
Here we have Android 10 installed on the tablet as well than the Samsung overlay: One Ui 2.5. The latter does not change from what we are used to seeing. We thus find the little gimmicks of the manufacturer, such as the always practical side panel which allows you to store shortcuts for applications, contacts or display the weather forecast.
The Samsung Daily, that part of the left-most screen that gives us information about our areas of interest, is also making a comeback. Multitasking is present, which is practical for “laptop” use.
Samsung logically pre-installs its usual applications such as its Galaxy Store. Stylus requires, there are also dedicated applications, such as Samsung Notes which makes it easy to take notes and organize them. In short, the classic Samsung, but effective, which convinces once again thanks to its overlay as fluid as complete.
It is also hoped that the tablet will soon switch to Android 11, which is starting to gradually roll out in the market.
A keyboard and stylus that almost turn a tablet into a PC
The S Pen, which is present by default in the tablet, is no different from what we already know, especially in the Note 20. With a response time of 9 ms, it responds to the finger and the eye. In hand, it almost gives the impression of being a real ink pen thanks to its responsiveness and management of pressure levels. Used to taking a lot of handwritten notes, I personally have completely abandoned paper since I tested the Tab S7 +. A real success.
When the stylus is hooked to the tablet and you take it in your hand, the screen automatically suggests applications dedicated to its use even if it is locked, as is already the case on the Note 20. Convenient for taking notes on the wind. No need to go through the unlocking and opening of an application which can waste precious seconds. The stylus also has wireless controls, to interact with the terminal remotely. For example, you can browse without touching the screen or take pictures. A very gimmicky use that will not make a date.
The keyboard is inspired by that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. While it provides some ease of use, despite a certain softness in the keys, it does not equal a classic laptop chiclet. The trackpad is very responsive and responds well to user commands. This keyboard also has the particularity of protecting the screen and being very easy to detach if you do not need it.
Once this keyboard is plugged in, the tablet seamlessly transforms into an extra PC with use of the trackpad in addition to tactile navigation. We worked a few days with the Tab S7 +, trying to leave our Windows 10 computer behind. If it can be used for additional tasks, such as word processing, sending e-mail, layout or Internet browsing , Android is too limited to really offer a total replacement for a Windows universe. Maybe someday, but not yet.
In short, not a replacement PC, but an object that can still be efficient on simple tasks and who can do business in a meeting or when you go away for the weekend.
An anecdotal photo part, a correct autonomy
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + is equipped with a dual photo sensor, a main of 13 megapixels and a wide-angle of 5 megapixels. It’s hard to think of taking pictures with such a large product, but it still delivers decent shots in bright light, whether it’s a long shot or close-up. Note that the front camera is 8 megapixels and allows you to film yourself in 1080p, convenient for video.
Samsung is always helping us its efficient photo software which allows you to add filters, use augmented reality or a panorama. Nothing new under the sun.
When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy Tab S7 + blows hot and cold. It is equipped with a 10,090 mAh battery. In use similar to a work computer, or about 7 to 8 hours per day in Wifi and with a refresh rate at 120 Hz, we noticed a battery which was between 30 and 40% in the evening. A good result, but far from excellent. In more occasional use (a little game, a Netflix episode and an hour of Internet consultation), it is possible to last between 3 to 5 days with a charge. An average machine that does not disappoint. Placing the display at 60Hz saves two to three hours of use on a charge.
However, it is not the same grub when it comes to recharging. Samsung provides a 15-watt charger only in the box, while the Tab S7 + is compatible with 45-watt charging. With the basic charger, the terminal takes time to recharge. We calculated a 0 to 100% recharge of 2 hours and 59 minutes! It’s way too much.
However, it is possible to use a 45 watt charger purchased separately. For our tests, we used the OnePlus 8T charger, 65 watts, but able to adapt to different wattages. Under these conditions, we noted a recharge time of 1 hour and 30 minutes, which is fine for this format. Finally, note that when the tablet is charging, the power is indicated on the home screen so you know whether you are charging 15 watts or 45 watts.