Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 LTE: The best 11-inch Android tablet gets even better
Our review of the Galaxy Tab S7 reveals one thing, which is that Android tablets are still treated as second-rate devices by the manufacturers, when compared to the premium Android smartphones. The Korean electronics giant cut some premium features from its premium tablet in the Tab S series.
Samsung cut premium features
The smaller of the two Galaxy Tab S7 tablets has an 11-inch LTPS screen, whereas the Plus model features an AMOLED display with a superb contrast ratio. However, this is not going to be a negative for those who are susceptible to PWM flickering. These people would actually prefer a liquid-crystal display.
All in all, the premium tablet opens itself up to more criticism than the Galaxy S20 smartphones. For instance, the Tab S7 does not have such premium features as an IP certification, an NFC chip or wireless charging. The first two features we mentioned would certainly be meaningful to those who would buy a tablet with an LTE modem.
The reason why the Tab S7 ships only with an LTE modem is not entirely clear, especially given the fact that the Tab S7+ comes with an optional 5G modem. Of course, right now a 4G modem is good enough for the vast majority of people, but given the promises of long-term support by Samsung and the likelihood that buyers of the Galaxy Tab S7 LTE are going to hold onto their tablet for years, there will come a day when a 5G modem will be sorely missed.
It is also hard to understand why a device intended for multi-tasking should ship with only 6 GB of RAM, especially when its predecessor offered up to 8 GB of RAM. Already the
Multi Window feature does not work well when you use several very demanding applications at the same time. While the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with up to 16 GB of RAM, the Tab S7 is stuck with only 6 GB of RAM. In the future, the RAM can become a bottleneck when using multiple demanding applications in parallel.
Only a 15-W charger in the box
The 8000-mAh battery in the Galaxy Tab S7 can be charged relatively quickly - at least with the 45-W charger. However, the 45-W power adapter is not included in the box, which is why it will have to be purchased separately. This is hard to justify given the high MSRP of the tablet. Moreover, there is no USB-C to 3.5-mm headphone jack adapter in box.
Read our extensive review to learn more about the Galaxy Tab S7.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7