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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab4 slates - a very slight refreshment of the tablet family

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab4 slates - a very slight refreshment of the tablet family
Although we expected Samsung to unveil the 4th generation of its Galaxy Tab slates later this month, the South Korean manufacturer surprised us all by announcing the Galaxy Tab4 7.0, the Galaxy Tab4 8.0, and the Galaxy Tab4 10.1 tablets today. The three new devices bring a slight and rather unimpressive refreshment to the Galaxy Tab series.

It seems that the new line of tablets does not deviate from the leaked specifications that we shared with you roughly two months ago. All three Galaxy Tab4 devices are quite similar, as they come with quad-core SoCs, running at 1.2GHz – a nice upgrade in comparison with the dual-core chipsets in the Galaxy Tab 3 slates. The amount of RAM in Samsung's newest trio of tablets is 1.5GB, while the internal storage is no more or less than 16GB. There will be, however, an 8GB version of the Galaxy Tab4 7.0, as well. A microSD slot on board allows users to expand the storage space with up to 64GB, as well.

All three new tablets come with 1280 x 800-pixel displays - the same as the ones present in last year's generation of the Galaxy Tab family. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 both featured the same 1280 x 800-pixel display, but the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 came with a 1024 x 600-pixel one on board. The similarities continue in the camera department, too - the identical 3MP rear cameras with fixed focus and 1.3MP front-facing snappers are present in all three new devices.

Speaking of differences, the Galaxy Tab4 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch display and a 6,800mAh battery, while the Galaxy Tab4 8.0 sports an 8-inch display and a 4,450mAh power bank. The former weighs 17oz (487gr) and the latter tips the scales at 11oz (320gr). The most compact among the trio, the Galaxy Tab4 7.0, comes with a 7.0-inch display. With a weight of 9.7oz (276gr) it is also the lightest. However, Samsung has not provided information about the Galaxy Tab4 7.0's battery capacity.

Software-wise, the 4th iteration of the Galaxy Tab series is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and a number of Samsung's own apps will come preinstalled on the slates. It will be interesting to see if the Korean company has toned down its own software in favor of Google's one, much like it did with its flagship smartphone, the upcoming Galaxy S5.

Samsung says that the Galaxy Tab4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 will be available from Q2 this year. All of them will be available in both black and white.


source: Samsung
Press Release

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:18 7

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Another april fool joke nice one sammy

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:29 4

2. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


oh no, this is 100% real...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:25

11. mayur007 (Posts: 472; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


in 4 year its justa year upgrade thing if u see

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:42

16. hung2900 (Posts: 821; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Tab 3 10.1 LTE has 2GB of RAM. A downgrade (Intel SoC is stronger and consumes less energy)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:02

17. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


no it doesnt

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 20:50

24. hung2900 (Posts: 821; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Which is the thing it doesn't? If it's the RAM, search on gg and go to SS site

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:40 2

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1522; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Ok, now the 7 inch version actually is usable. Otherwise, yawn.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 10:49 3

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


finally an HD 7" Tab...
Same cpu with the Moto G and slightly more ram. Not too bad. Less than $200 and it'll be good.

(Still far behind when comparing to the HDX and the Nexus 7 2013, lol)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:19 3

6. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Less than $200 will be a miracle. Samsung will charge you more

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 15:56 1

21. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Sounds like what Samsung would do, lol. They charged $200 for the Tab 3 7" even though that thing still had 600p resolution and a 1.2ghz dual core. The good thing is the Tab 3 7" got price drop at some places in the US (as I've seen), up to $70 off. The Tab 4 may face the same thing.
Anyway, if it's $250 like true1984 said, I'll just skip it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:27

7. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


it'll probably be $250 with the 10 inch at $400 or $500

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:17

5. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


another week, another galaxy

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:42 2

8. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


The 1.5 gb Ram is nice and the processor too ... i have an old tab 10.1 and it's still going perfectly strong like if it was new ...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 11:48

9. Planterz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


If they keep the pricing on the Tab 7" the same, it's FINALLY worth looking at. $200 for a quad core Snapdragon, 1.5gb RAM, 16gb storage (less for 8gb), and finally an HD screen makes for a pretty good deal, especially with the microSD slot. If they want to compete with the Kindle Fire HDX or Nexus 7, they'd better keep it $200 or under.

9.7oz is pretty impressive. The lightness and low profile make it attractive for a low-cost "casual" device to use as an e-reader or playing simple games like Angry Birds or streaming Netflix, moreso than the N7 or KF HDX, or even budget choices like a refurb 2012 N7 or Hisense Sero 7 Pro.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:22 2

10. gigantos (Posts: 57; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Well, who told you it is quad core Snapdragon, not a lagging quad-core Broadcom as in Galaxy Grand Neo?

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:36

13. Planterz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oops. I guess I just made that assumption when I was looking at the Tab 3 7.0 specs.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:48

32. gigantos (Posts: 57; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Specs in PA are wrong. Tab 3 7.0 actually use Marvell chips. Go to GSMArena for it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:36 1

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Quad core doesn't always mean good. I would bet you anything that they're using Cortex A7 cores, which have much less performance per core than the Krait 300 cores in the Tab 3 7.0. The performance would be identical, the 2 extra cores should balance out the lower per core performance. But, you have a higher resolution display with the same GPU, so you would actually have less graphical performance going from the Tab 3 to Tab 4 7.0.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab (not Pro) series is complete trash. If you're looking for a cheap Android tablet, Nexus 7 is the way to go, anything else is terrible in comparison, software and hardware.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 20:59

25. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 796; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Wat? Since when does the Tab 3 7.0 have Krait 300 processors???

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 21:03

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-3-7.0_id7834

"Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300"

The only variants of the Snapdragon 400 processor that are allowed to go up to 1.7 GHz are the Krait 300 variants.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:02

27. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Perhaps that source you linked is wrong.
Other sources say it has a 1.2 ghz processor. Even Samsung's website says 1.2 ghz,

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:35

29. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 796; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_3_70-review-949p4.php

Found it. It's a Marvell SoC, with 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:11

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Ah, thanks for the correction.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:33

12. mayur007 (Posts: 472; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


samsung should have upgrade the camera 5mp auto focus atleast

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:36 1

14. Totse2k15 (Posts: 276; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


At least give the 8"/10" full-HD and around 200's ppi...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 12:39

15. loccoc402 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Galaxy tab is so sh*t because it's price is too high and low rage hardware. Asus's tablets are better anyway

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 16:01

23. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


On paper, sure.
I used to think Asus tablets were better, too. But now after a year with the Transformer TF300T, I'm gonna change side. My sister's Tab 2 10.1 still functions perfectly while my TF300T has been a poc (piece of crap) in performance.

The Nexus tablets are not as bad thanks to Google's software and update, though Asus also did pretty poorly with the hardware of the Nexus 7 2012.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:21 3

18. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


The only Tab device I'd buy is the TabPRO 8.4
SD 800,Hi-res screen and camera,and faux leather looks pretty good (in cheap plastic universe...)

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 14:28

19. ThePython (Posts: 394; Member since: 08 May 2013)


The only surprise here is the quad-core chips.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 15:57 2

22. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Finally! The Tab series are finally worth getting...great design, specs and screen...I'm definitely getting either 7" or 8" and maybe a NotePro or Note 10.1 2014 edition

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:29

28. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


It looks like the Tab 4 8.0 will get USB 3.0 and the Tab 4 7.0 will get usb 2.0

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:51

30. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I take this back. Somebody messed up the photos.
The photos of the Tab 4 7.0 are marked as "Tab 4 8.0", and the photos of the Tab 4 8.0 are marked as "Tab 4 7.0".

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