Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + review, specification and price
Samsung is among the few manufacturers that are still releasing high-end Android tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S7 + is its latest model. While most other manufacturers have stuck to low-end tablets, Samsung has been showing what a top-tier Android tablet should look like. The Galaxy Tab S7 + has some impressive specs, like a large 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, and an included S-Pen stylus. Samsung has set the price at Rs. 79,999 which begs the question: Is the Galaxy Tab S7 + worth such a large investment? I put it through our tests to find out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + design
Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7 + at the same time. While the Galaxy Tab S7 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab S6 that I reviewed late last year, the Galaxy Tab S7 + pretty much reflects the best of it. Samsung has to offer right now. It has a large 12.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1752×2800 pixels and support for HDR10 +. The screen bezels are the perfect size; thin enough to look modern, but thick enough to allow you to hold the Galaxy Tab S7 + comfortably without causing accidental touches. Samsung expects you to use this tablet primarily in landscape orientation and has placed a selfie camera to the right of the panel.
There are four AKG-tuned speakers on the Tab S7 +; two placed at the top and the other two at the bottom, on either side of the USB Type-C port. The frame of the tablet is made of metal and has a premium feel. On the right side, it has the power and volume buttons, along with a tray for a Nano-SIM. You will see a flush three-pin connector to the left of the device, with two notches for compatible accessories. Samsung sent me a Book Cover keyboard case, which fits perfectly on this tablet. More on the keyboard case in a moment.The Galaxy Tab S7 + has a vivid AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles
You’ll find antenna lines at the top and bottom of the frame that help the Galaxy Tab S7 + hook into LTE. The back of the tablet is flat with only a dual camera module in the upper left corner. A shiny patch that extends below the cameras tells you where to store the S-Pen. It stays in place using magnets and charges automatically while connected. The Galaxy Tab S7 + weighs 575g and one-handed use would be a challenge. Samsung packs a 10,090 mAh battery and provides a 15 W charger in the box.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + Specifications and Software
Samsung has chosen the best hardware for the Galaxy Tab S7 +. Let’s start with the AMOLED display, which supports HDR10 + and a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen is sharp and has excellent viewing angles. You can also change the color profile and color temperature of the panel. I found that the screen of the Galaxy Tab S7 + becomes bright enough and can be used even outdoors, although it is quite reflective.
Powering the Galaxy Tab S7 + is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, which is pretty much the most powerful processor for the Android platform right now. It is paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You get a microSD card slot, which allows you to expand storage by up to 1TB. There is support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G VoLTE, and four navigation systems.
The Galaxy Tab S7 + has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is towards the bottom of the screen. It’s a CMOS sensor and you can see the screen light up when you place your finger on it. As the Galaxy Tab S6, the Tab S7 + doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you won’t be able to plug in your older headphones.
In terms of software, you get OneUI 2.5 over Android 10, and my review unit was running the September Android security patch. The user interface has been expanded to the tablet-sized screen, and navigating it was a breeze. If you’ve used a Samsung smartphone recently, you’ll be right at home with the Galaxy Tab S7 +. You can multitask quite easily with two applications running side by side. If you want to work in more than two applications at the same time, you can open additional ones in pop-up windows. You could open about ten apps this way, but only five can be actively used. Similar to Galaxy smartphones, there is a multi-app tray in the right corner. This is easily customizable.
The S-Pen included with the Galaxy Tab S7 + supports pen actions. You can interact with the tablet by holding down the S-Pen button and making gestures. Pressing the button and tapping the screen with the S-Pen when it’s off launches off-screen notes allowing you to quickly take notes. By placing the S-Pen on the back of the tablet, these notes are automatically saved.
You can also press and hold the button on the S-Pen to launch the camera app on the tablet and then use it to capture photos. A double-click toggles between cameras and a button-down swipe changes camera modes. Samsung has optimized the tablet to work with the S-Pen and it offers good palm rejection. I could rest my palm fully on the tablet while using drawing apps without any accidental touches.
Keyboard cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 +
Samsung sent me the keyboard cover with the Galaxy Tab S7 + and I used it a lot during the review period. The keyboard cover comes in two pieces; the keyboard fits to the left of the Galaxy Tab S7 + while the kickstand that is fixed to the back. The keyboard cover has been significantly improved compared to the one I tested alongside the Galaxy Tab S6. Samsung has used stronger magnets on the back that adhere to the tablet securely. When you open the kickstand, these magnets do not move, so it is very easy to use without fear of the back cover coming off. There are also magnets on the bottom that latch onto the tablet when the case is closed.
Attaching the keyboard cover enables Samsung Dex automatically. This allows you to run applications so that they run in windowed mode. The entire interface is similar to Windows and I was able to multitask without a hitch. This keyboard has function keys and multimedia shortcuts, but the keys are not illuminated.
I found the trackpad to be accurate and easy to use, but it is smaller than the trackpad on most laptops. The keys have shallow travel, but a reassuring click ensured that I never had to double-check a keystroke, and typing was a breeze. While the keyboard cover gives this tablet a laptop-like appearance, you can only use it comfortably on a table, as the base cannot support the tablet on your lap. Samsung has priced the Galaxy Tab S7 + keyboard case at Rs. 15,999, so you will have to shell out more for it.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + performance
I enjoyed watching videos on the large 12.4-inch screen. Samsung is known for its stunning AMOLED displays and this is one of the largest you can get. The Galaxy Tab S7 + has good viewing angles and the high refresh rate makes scrolling look super smooth. Video streaming was engaging and the four AKG-tuned speakers were able to fill a small room with audio.
On the back, the Galaxy Tab S7 + has a 13-megapixel main camera along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. It has an 8 megapixel selfie camera on the front. These specs seem similar to the Galaxy Tab S6. With a tablet of this size, taking photos is not easy or convenient. You can use these cameras occasionally, but be prepared for shots of average quality. The selfie camera is the one that will be used most often. I used it for video calls and found it to be good for that purpose. The Galaxy Tab S7 + has four speakers and can be quite loud
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 + is powerful enough to run most games, its size isn’t always convenient. Casual games that have fewer controls were easier to manage on this great tablet. Among Us and Asphalt 9 ran smoothly. The battery didn’t drain significantly and the tablet didn’t get too hot to the touch, either.
I ran the AnTuTu benchmark and the Galaxy Tab S7 + achieved a score of 5,68,663. In PCMark Work 2.0, it achieved 12,552 points. It also handled graphical benchmarks well and managed to hit 8,300 in 3DMark Sling Shot. In GFXBench’s Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 scenes, it managed to get 25 fps and 43 fps respectively.
In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Tab S7 + managed 9 hours and 46 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is lower than its predecessor’s score. This could be due to the larger screen and faster processor. Since a tablet is not used as constantly as a smartphone, you should get good battery life from the Galaxy Tab S7 +. I only needed to charge it once every 4-5 days. Samsung ships a 15W charger in the box, which is a bit surprising considering that even some of its budget phones ship with more powerful ones. This charger is relatively slow. It charged the tablet to 17 percent in 30 minutes and 32 percent in an hour. Charging the gigantic 10,090 mAh battery took around 3 hours.
If you’re looking for a flagship-quality Android tablet, your options are pretty limited. Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that keeps releasing premium tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S7 + is pretty much the best this company has to offer. The large Super AMOLED screen and four-speaker arrangement make it an excellent device for consuming content. While the size of the Galaxy Tab S7 + can make gaming difficult, it does include the hardware to run whatever you throw at it.
However, if you are willing to switch OS, you can take a look at the new one Ipad air. This iPad is powered by the new Apple A14 Bionic SoC and you will be able to get an LTE variant of the iPad Air for about the same price as the Galaxy Tab S7 +.