We check out Samsung’s latest supertablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+. It is supposed to be a combination of the best features of a classic tablet, a graphics tablet and an ultrabook. What came out of such a fusion?
Android tablets are an unusual segment of devices. On the market we can find inexpensive models or products from higher and top shelf. The latter were offered in Poland by Samsung and Huawei. However, after cutting off the Chinese manufacturer from Google services, in fact, the only significant player in the market became Samsung, if we want to keep full access to Google’s applications. Its two top newcomers, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ , are supposed to be the best possible offer for those who want to work and use tablets. We took a look at the more advanced model, the Galaxy Tab S7+, the equivalent of the iPad Pro.
Performance, S-Pen and keyboard
The Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet looks phenomenal – there’s no beating around the bush. This is the pinnacle of product engineering by Samsung. The screen is 12.4 inches, the dimensions of the device are: 285.0 (W) by 185.0 (H) by 5.7 mm and the weight is 575g. These are, of course, considerable dimensions, but the tablet from the beginning is aimed at a specific group of conscious consumers. The back and the frame itself are aluminum, while the front remains glass. The tablet has a slot for a nanoSIM card and a MicroSD memory card. In vain to look for a headphone port. On the sides, however, we find AKG brand speakers. They play really well for a tablet.
The box, in addition to the charger, hides the obligatory element of the series of tested tablets – the S Pen stylus. This model has a rounded shape and an elongated tip. The stylus is charged by placing it on the back of the tablet surface, under the camera, but it can be hooked up to the top of the tablet frame (magnetically). The stylus itself only requires a charge to use secondary functions (viewing photos in the gallery, using the camera). A charged battery is not necessary to take notes or draw. The responsiveness of the S Pen stylus has been improved and the latency is 9 ms. The precision offered by the “digital pen” is sensational – for an Android device – although the latency is higher for apps that have not been developed by Samsung (we will return to this thread later).
In conclusion, in terms of design and ergonomics, Galaxy Tab S7+ is the highest possible shelf. Separately for the tablet we can buy a Book Cover case (price: about 299 PLN) with a folding stand and a special space for a stylus. The second option is a Book Cover with keyboard (price: about 819 PLN) – in the set you will find both a stand (you can attach it separately, it is very stable, inside you have space to hide the S-Pen) and a magnetically mounted keyboard. Testing the Tab S7+ we used the latter solution. The keyboard works perfectly – it is well shaped, the touchpad works properly, and the ergonomics of the keys is not a problem while typing.
The aforementioned screen is 12.4 inches in size and is made with Super AMOLED technology. Its resolution is 2800 by 1752 pixels (WQXGA+). The screen format is 16:10 (266 ppi) with HDR10+ support. Like the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, the Tab S7+ also has a choice of two screen refresh modes – 60 Hz and 120 Hz. The latter will be useful not only when drawing – with this screen size the difference between refresh rates is visible, so the 120 Hz option seems to be the most reasonable possible. The screen – as for what competing tablets offer – should be described as the best on the market.
Specifications and power
Galaxy Tab S7+ has “under the hood” a new generation processor Snapdragon 865 Plus and GPU Adreno 650. This will please all those approaching with reserve to the samsung Exynos. On the market we will find models with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM (only with Wi-Fi module), as well as with 8GB RAM and successively: 256GB ROM or 512GB ROM (both support 5G). We tested the middle model and definitely recommend – taking into account the perspective of at least two years of use – the model with 8GB RAM.
How did the tablet perform in synthetic tests? Geekbench 5.0 benchmark brought the result: 961 points (single-core); 3032 points (multi-core). It is no surprise that with such specifications Galaxy Tab S7+ is simply the fastest tablet available on the Polish market. The key question is: what does this mean for Android tablets?
Applications designed with the tablet in mind
People familiar with Android tablets know that the biggest “enemy” of the tablet with the “green system” is Google itself. The company has neglected tablet users, and with it, most app developers. Watching Netflix, browsing the web or checking email on a tablet is a great experience, but the statistical remaining majority of applications are created with the smartphone screen in mind, which does not look good on a tablet. Samsung realizes this and has prepared several alternatives.
The tested tablet has Android 10 with the latest version of the One UI overlay. The Korean giant has decided to exploit the potential of its hardware by preparing some useful apps itself. Thanks to this Samsung Notes will undoubtedly advance to the title of the best android application for taking handwritten notes. And who knows if we can take notes as such, especially if we have a keyboard. Samsung Notes also offers an Audio Bookmark feature that lets you record lectures or meetings as you take notes, and then syncs both types of recording. When you’re done, you can find the part of a long lecture recording you’re looking for by tapping on a sentence in your notes, and it will automatically find the right place in the audio file. With full support for Google services and official partnership with Microsoft (Micosoft 365 package) – Galaxy Tab S7+ momentarily rises to the position of a very interesting substitute for a computer.
On the tablet you will find the popular drawing application Clip Studio Paint. It guarantees access to advanced design features, including multiple page management or the ability to get individual lines from 3D data. Another app available on the tablet is Canva – it offers ready-made templates, fonts, images and recordings. Galaxy Tab S7+ users get access to 200 exclusive templates as part of a free 30-day trial on Canva Pro. The third app is Noteshelf, for creating virtual notebooks.
The improved Multi-Active Window lets you launch and operate up to three apps simultaneously. And the improved Samsung DeX transforms the tablet and its UI something akin to a Windows-style computer system, including multiple windows on the screen and full touchpad support. It is a sort of answer to the iPad OS and we have to admit that if someone wants their tablet to be more like a computer, then DeX will be just right for them. In addition, DeX or the feature of putting up to three apps on the screen at the same time (in tablet mode) is a good way to use apps tailored exclusively for smartphones.
Gaming in the cloud
The Galaxy Tab S7+ is one of Samsung’s mobile devices officially promoted as the perfect solution for using Microsoft Game Streamng (xCloud), a platform launching on September 15 that gives you access to more than 100 games as part of your Game Pass Ultimate subscription. We tested the open beta of xCloud using the Tab S7+ and a dedicated pad – if anyone is thinking about an Android device (only such work with xCloud) for streaming gaming, the hardware in question will be a good choice. While testing the Tab S7+, we also ran a competing cloud gaming service, Nvidia GeForce Now. This too performed without any issues when playing “Control” in the cloud.
The Galaxy Tab S7+ is not without cameras, although in the case of a tablet they serve more of a purely utilitarian function. On the back, we find two lenses – the main one (13 MP, f/2.0) and a wide-angle one (5 MP, f/2.2). On the front – 8 MP camera, f/2.0. The camera offers photos on the level of inexpensive smartphone from the samsjung A series – suitable for notes and basic photography.
The tablet boasts a capacious battery having 10,090 mAh. It supports 45W fast charging. However, it comes with a 15W charger – it will take almost three hours to fully charge the tablet. The Tab S7+ will last a full day of use. Exceeding the barrier of 24 hours without charging depends on what – and on what settings – we do with the tablet. For example – watching videos at medium brightness level will drain the battery after about 11 hours. In general, the tablet in question has a good battery and performance optimization, but there is no question of sensational results.
Galaxy Tab S7+ test summary
Price Galaxy Tab S7+ 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM, Wi-Fi – 4099 PLN
Galaxy Tab S7+ 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM, 5G/Wi-Fi – PLN 4999