As we anxiously await the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9 next week, it looks like Samsung has another surprise for us. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has arrived and it has improved upon last year’s Galaxy Tab S3 in just about every way, including improved functionality, thinner bezels, and even a desktop PC-like experience by way of DeX.


Like the other tablets that came before it in the series, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is very much being positioned as a premium tablet. It’s going toe to toe against the Apple iPad Pro and, perhaps even more so, the recently announced Microsoft Surface Go… even though the latter is a “budget” alternative to the main Surface Pro line.

What you get is a 10.5-inch AMOLED screen (2560 x 1600 pixels; 16:10 aspect ratio) with thinner bezels all around. The argument for the thicker bezels before, aside from technological restraints, was that you needed to hold the tablet comfortably in one hand. There’s still enough to grip here, but it’s definitely slimmer.

You’ll also notice that the physical home button is gone to accommodate these thinner bezels. And unlike smartphones where the fingerprint sensor gets moved to the back, the Galaxy Tab S4 loses the fingerprint reader all together. Instead, you unlock the device with iris scanning, face scanning, or the traditional passcode.

The Galaxy Tab S4 is very much geared toward productivity. The S Pen is included in the package and you’ll want to pick up the $150 keyboard accessory. When you add in a Bluetooth mouse, you can tap into Samsung DeX for a more desktop-like experience. Enjoy resizable windows, multitasking, and all the rest of it.

As far as specs, you can expect a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo, a 7300mAh battery, two 13MP cameras, USB-C, microSD expansion, far field microphones for Google Assistant, no dedicated Bixby button, and four AKG-tuned speakers. While some people might say that the Android tablet is dead, Samsung vehemently disagrees. The Galaxy Tab S4 will retail for $650 (64GB) or $750 (256GB) when it ships on August 10. Versions with LTE will also be available, presumably for about $100 or so more.

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