New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 model to include iris scanner and thinner bezels
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Samsung does not update the Galaxy tablet series as often as the smartphone one, but when it does, it makes sure it is at least as powerful as what Apple has in store. This year, Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy Tab S4 in response to this year's Apple’s iPad Pro, and the latest leaks from China point out towards a series of features that could give Samsung the edge.
A Chinese leaker somehow got hold of a prototype Tab S4 model and posted the specs on Weibo. Apparently, the design is very similar to the S3 model, but the screen size is now increased to 10.5-inch and has a 16:10 aspect ratio as opposed to the previous 9.7-inch 4:3 screen. Of course, the screen has to have thin bezels (if you’re the leading mobile manufacturer in the world, you got to get with the times, right?) so there are no physical buttons anymore.
Some interesting new features mentioned by the Chinese leak include an iris scanner instead of a fingerprint one, and an extended DeX functionality that transforms the tablet into a desktop via the appropriate dock and separate keyboard. The actual specs are not that impressive, but they sure are an improvement over the S3 ones. Thus, the S4 will be powered by a Snapdragon 830 SoC coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
As for availability and pricing, the new Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be launched at IFA 2018 this September, with an MSRP in the US$500 range. Samsung will also launch a new Book Cover Keyboard to complement the tablet.