Android tablets used to be a hot ticket item, but interest in tablets generally has waned. That hasn’t stopped Samsung from pumping out tablets at varying price points. We’ve been expecting a new premium Tab S device, and images of the purported Galaxy Tab S4 have now leaked. Surprise: it looks like a large, black slate.
The leak suggests this tablet will feature a 10.5-inch OLED display. That would be a small increase over the Tab S3 at 9.7-inches. In general, Tab S3 emulated the iPad in size and appearance. The Tab S4 seems to go off in another direction, though. The iPad and most recent Android tablets have used shorter 4:3 ratio screens. These screens are more comfortable when used in portrait orientation. The Tab S4 looks like it’s going back to a 16:9 screen. That’s good for watching video and scrolling through long web pages, but the device may be a little ungainly to hold.
One of the best parts of the Tab S3 was the quad-speaker system from AKG (a Samsung subsidiary). The leaked renders of this tablet again show AKG branding on the back, so a similar speaker system is plausible. There’s also a single camera on the back of the Tab S4.
The front of the leaked tablet is almost all screen with a narrow bezel all the way around. Past Samsung tablets have had a bit more bezel at the top and bottom to accommodate sensors and navigation buttons. The lack of nav buttons suggests this tablet will use on-screen navigation like Samsung’s more recent phones.
Without a physical home button, it’s unclear where Samsung will put the fingerprint sensor. Maybe there won’t even be one? There are only so many places you can put the fingerprint sensor on a tablet that it would be useful. It’s plausible Samsung could finally integrate a sensor in the screen, but there’s no way to know that from a few leaked renders.
Previous rumors suggest the Tab S4 will include Android 8.1, a Snapdragon 845 SoC, a 7,300mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. For a premium slate like that, you can expect Samsung to ask at least $500. The Tab S3 actually launched at $600. Apple keeps the iPad moving by continually lowering the price of low-end models, but many Android OEMs didn’t have enough profit margin to do that. Samsung seems content to keep competing with the more expensive iPads, though. We should learn all there is to know about this tablet at IFA in about two months.
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