Samsung & Sharp
You know how Nirvana completely shook up the rock scene back when they ignited airwaves in the early ’90s? Well, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 basically does that — for the Android tablet scene. The company has done everything it can to make its flagship 10.5-inch tablet function like a “real” computer. And it does. In fact, it could very well replace your current one.
With the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung hopes to attract the on-the-go professional who wants something lighter than a laptop, but just as capable. If that sounds like you, well, congratulations — not only does the company have you pegged, they’ve built a device you pretty much can’t refuse. It’s 7.1mm thin and weighs 1.06 pounds — which certainly passes as lightweight — and still comes with an advanced stylus pen, with an optional keyboard that doubles as a protective cover also available for purchase. Some-crazy-how, it functions like a desktop, while running Android 8.1.
That’s all thanks to the Galaxy Tab S4’s secret weapon: Samsung DeX. This built-in function allows you to quickly switch from tablet mode to a PC-like experience. The beauty here is you can view multiple windows — as well as Android apps —all at the same time, and even drag and drop content between them. In other words, it’s the best thing to happen to multitasking since the browser tab.
If you seek more screen, Samsung’s got that covered, too. You can share your screen to an external monitor using an HDMI-to-USB-C adapter. When connected, the Galaxy Tab S4 can be used as a trackpad or sketch pad, but it can also still operate as a fully functional Android tablet — dual-screen power FTW.
This device is the next generation of last year’s Galaxy Tab S3, and you’ll notice the upgrade simply by looking at this latest iteration. The Galaxy Tab S4 has a 32 per cent larger screen — 10.5-inches versus the Tab S3’s 9.7-inch screen. It also boasts a 16:10 screen ratio with 2560 x 1600, 287 pixels-per-inch resolution — in other words, when you stream Avengers: Infinity War on this thing during your break (and, let’s be honest, there will be many breaks) it will look bananas with the vibrant Super AMOLED Display. The Galaxy Tab S4’s quad-rotational Dolby speakers, tuned by AKG immersive sound technology, make for the highest quality procrastination sesh possible.
The Tab S4 also comes with an S Pen right out of the box, a bonus when compared to other tablets on the market that require to purchase pens separately (take notes, Apple). The S Pen’s pretty nifty — it lets you take notes on the fly with its Screen-Off Memo feature, send texts via Live Message, and even make your own GIFs(!). You’ll become a meme lord in no time.
All in all, the Samsung Tab S4 may well be the most versatile Android-based tablet on the market. We admittedly never thought we’d see an Android tablet that could give the iPad Pro a run for its money, and yet, here we are now.