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

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

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32 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Another april fool joke nice one sammy

2. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

oh no, this is 100% real...

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

in 4 year its justa year upgrade thing if u see

16. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

17. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

no it doesnt

24. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 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)

6. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

7. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

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

5. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

another week, another galaxy

8. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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 ...

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

10. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

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

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

32. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

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

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

25. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

27. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 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,

29. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Ah, thanks for the correction.

12. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

samsung should have upgrade the camera 5mp auto focus atleast

14. Totse2k15

Posts: 475; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

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

15. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

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

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1756; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

18. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 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...)

19. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

The only surprise here is the quad-core chips.

22. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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

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