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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review: The iPad Pro of Android

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review: The iPad Pro of Android
Many have tried to beat the iPad, but none have been as persistent at challenging Apple’s tablet dominance as Samsung. The brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is definitely the Korean company’s best attempt so far.

At first glance, the Galaxy Tab S7+ has it all: super-sleek and stunning design, 5G connectivity, a gorgeous and super-smooth 120Hz display, top-of-the-line processor, a functional S Pen with lower latency, and finally, an interface that has been tailored for enhanced productivity. With its optional keyboard case, humongous battery, and DeX mode, it is now closer than ever to being that mythical laptop replacement.

Fortunately, the positive experience doesn’t fade away after you’ve used the slate for a while; in fact, I’d say that the Tab S7+ becomes an even more appealing device as you better fit it within your daily routine. Its list of available features far outweighs the single, yet rather big problem I have with the Tab S7+: it’s just too large, and this hardware configuration is only available in this size -- the smaller Tab S7 is not as impressive as the Tab S7+. Apart from that, the Galaxy Tab S7+ is the best Android tablet so far. 

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+? If you're on the market for an Android tablet, definitely get that one.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ on Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
9.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+


The Good

  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Improved S Pen
  • Lots of productivity enhancements

The Bad

  • It's pretty large
  • Only 6GB RAM in the base version

Galaxy Tab S7+ design


The Galaxy Tab S7+ is beautifully put together, with sleek frosted glass back that feels pleasant to the touch and sharp edges that look very similar to what we have on the iPad Pro. The sharp frame does look good but isn’t the most comfortable shape for longer use. The clean frame is only interrupted by quad AKG-tuned loudspeakers and a couple of antenna lines. The clean lines at the rear are only interrupted by a glossy bar near the side that’s used for magnetically attaching and charging up the S Pen. Super-thin and light for its size, the Tab S7+ is designed very well.

Now, size is something that you will have to get used to. If you often use it outside, people might suspect you’ve stolen a Tesla’s touchscreen display. Yes, despite the slim bezels and efficient use of space, the Galaxy Tab S7+ is one big, big tablet, and it takes some time to get accustomed to its humongous size. As I mentioned earlier, you can’t have the Tab S7+’s specs in any other size as the smaller Tab S7 is technically a different device with an LCD display and humbler hardware. Thus, if you want the best of the best, you will have to settle with the large size of the Tab S7+. 


Galaxy Tab S7+ display


The Galaxy Tab S7+ features a 12.4-inch AMOLED display with rich colors and excellent sharpness. The display is probably the biggest selling point here, and while the iPad Pro also rocks a beautiful display, it’s an LCD one; with the Tab S7+, you have richer, more captivating colors.

Another welcome feature is the support for a 120Hz refresh rate. Having a high refresh rate on such a large and colorful display is truly an awe-inspiring experience, but it also drains the battery slightly faster. It’s worth it though -- experiencing a large and bright OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate will easily ruin all other displays for you.

Such a large and exceptional display is good for just about anything, be it gaming, spreadsheet scrolling, or Netflix binges in-between Zoom meetings with your co-workers. Multimedia consumption is where it really shines, and I often found myself engrossed in 4K HDR videos.



Galaxy Tab S7+ hardware specs


With a Snapdragon 865+ chipset on deck, the Tab is nothing short of a potent powerhouse. It never feels like it is struggling to keep up with the user’s pace and there’s always performance in reserve. Paired with the high refresh display and the streamlined One UI interface, this tablet is leaps and bounds above its predecessors in terms of perceived snappiness. It’s easily the fastest Android tablet I’ve ever used, and if we disregard the synthetic benchmarks, there’s literally no perceivable performance difference in comparison with the latest iPad Pro.

RAM comes in at either 6 or 8GB. These days we have phones with 12GB of RAM, but unless you are a heavy multitasker, this won’t matter much. Still, given that the Tab S7+ commands a higher-than-average price tag, 8GB of RAM in the basic version and 12GB in would have been a much more appealing choice for power users.

What makes the Tab S7+ extremely future-proof is the 5G support on board. Simply pop up a SIM card in the tray and you can enjoy the super-fast connection speeds ensured by the 5G technology right at your fingertips.

AnTuTu is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
575872
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
716971
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch
566363
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
353510


Galaxy Tab S7+ S Pen, Interface, and Productivity



By the way, Samsung has introduced quite a lot of new productivity features with the Tab S7+, with multitasking being the leitmotif here. The new and improved Multi-Active Window lets you open and use up to three apps simultaneously. You can save your favorite combination of apps with App pair and launch all three apps at once. If that’s not enough, the Tab S7+ also features the slide-out Edge screen, similar to Galaxy phones, for quick access to apps.

DeX mode is also on board, offering a desktop-like interface that might suit defectors from the PC neighborhood. Dex hasn’t scored any major new features and is pretty similar to what you might get on the Galaxy Note series or Samsung’s previous tablets.

The S Pen has been greatly improved as well, with reduced latency that makes use of the 120Hz display refresh rate. The annoying lag that was present on previous Samsung tablets is now gone. The S Pen has also been redesigned and now sits better in the hand. It’s also easier to find the button without looking.

Thanks to Air Actions, you can also control your Tab S7+ with the S Pen from a short distance.
You can create quick actions such as Back, Home, Recent, Smart select, and Screen write. These are mostly a hit-or-miss affair.

Samsung Notes is another overhauled app that has scored tons of useful new features like cloud sync and note sharing that lets you access all of your notes, lists, and drawings from any compatible PC, phone, or another Samsung tablet. What’s more, the app has been optimized for the large screen and feels like a more professional take on the important note-taking functionality. There’s even a folder-like structure that allows you to sort your notes like a pro.

Galaxy Tab S7+ Battery



There’s a humongous 10,090mAh battery tucked beneath the frosted glass at the back of the Tab S7+, and it will last you a full day, all things considered. You can expect around 7 hours and a half of web browsing, 6 hours and 45 minutes of multimedia consumption, and nearly 10 hours of gaming. If you leave the smooth 120Hz option enabled, expect less.

What’s even more impressive is the 45W super-fast charging support on deck. However, you will have to cash out for a super-fast charger: there is only a 10W charger in the box, which tops up the Tab S7+ in 178 minutes, or 2 hours and 58 minutes. That’s definitely slower than what you’d get from a faster charging brick. 

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
7h 53 min
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
9h 44 min
 

Galaxy Tab S7+ Camera



There’s a dual camera at the back of the tablet. The main camera is a 13MP one, supplemented by a 5MP ultra-wide angle one. It shoots pretty okay pictures that are definitely usable, but let’s be real, you’re not going to use this large tablet to take pictures on the regular. In case you do, however, the Tab S7+ will greet you with the same interface and similar features as the latest S20-series. The Single Take feature is on board, for example, allowing you to simultaneously capture videos and photos of the meaningful moments in your life. 

Video calls are another topic altogether, and Samsung has put a very good 8MP selfie camera that has tons of detail and good dynamic range. That comes pretty useful for video calls. Samsung is perfectly aware of that and has positioned the selfie camera on the long side of the tablet, which would make the angle of view more flattering when you use the tablet propped up in landscape mode.

Pros

  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Improved S Pen
  • Lots of productivity enhancements

Cons

  • It's pretty large
  • Only 6GB RAM in the base version

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0
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