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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review - Finally a great Android tablet

Competition for the iPad Pro. Because Samsung has not released any tablets with a screen larger than 11 inches for a very long time, we are quite happy to see the Galaxy Tab S7+, which features a top-tier SoC. Read our review to learn if there are any other surprises.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ offers a great level of performance. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865+ and has 8 GB of RAM. All models feature 256 GB of internal memory. Both the smaller Tab S7 and the S7+ come with an optional 5G modem. Our review device has an OLED panel, whereas the smaller tablet comes with a PLS screen. 

The prices for the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus start at 954 Euros (~$1117). The 5G model costs 1149 Euros (~$1346). For comparison: The Wi-Fi version of the iPad Pro 12.9 with the same memory configuration retails for 1179 Euros (~$1381) - without the stylus.

With the Tab S7+, Samsung is going hard after Apple. The Tab S7+ also represents the first big Samsung tablet since the release of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (2014) and the Galaxy View (18.4-inches, 2016).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Galaxy Tab S Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) 8 x 2.4 - 3.1 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
12.4 inch 16:10, 2800 x 1752 pixel 266 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 221.4 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB Type-C , Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, hall effect sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.7 x 285 x 185 ( = 0.22 x 11.22 x 7.28 in)
Battery
10090 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix + 5 MP (ultra wide-angle); Camera2 API Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: virtual, optional Keyboard Cover, S Pen, One UI 2.5, Microsoft apps, Facebook, Spotify, Netflix, Galaxy Store, 24 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
575 g ( = 20.28 oz / 1.27 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
954 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
575 g5.7 mm12.4"2800x1752
89 %
05/2020
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
641 g5.9 mm12.9"2732x2048
88 %
08/2020
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Kirin 990, Mali-G76 MP16
460 g7.2 mm10.8"2560x1600
87 %
10/2019
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
SD 855, Adreno 640
420 g5.7 mm10.5"2560x1600

Case - The slim Tab S7+ is made of glass and aluminium

The housing of the Tab S7+ is made of a solid piece of aluminium. There are three colour schemes on offer: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver. The camera bump on the back is so small that it is barely noticeable. All in all, the camera system protrudes 1.25 millimetres from the back. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.  

The design of the Samsung tablet is quite angular. Nevertheless, the slate is comfortable to hold in the hand. The build quality is on a very good level. There are no chinks or gaps anywhere. Because of its design, the Tab S7+ can be bent. It also produces a creaking noise when it is being twisted. Aside from that, the tablet feels very solid.  

The card slot of our bronze-coloured device is slightly recessed into the mid-frame and has a slightly different colour than the rest of the tablet. The card tray is made of plastic and can take one microSD card and one nanoSIM card. However, the slot for the nanoSIM card is occupied by a black piece of plastic in our Wi-Fi model. The tablet is neither water- nor dust-proof and the battery is not removable. The S Pen, which is made of plastic, can magnetically attach to the back of the device and charges via induction. 

Size Comparison

285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 575 g1.268 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 641 g1.413 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 460 g1.014 lbs244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 159.5 mm / 6.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 420 g0.926 lbs

Connectivity - DeX with and without a cable

The storage capacity of the Galaxy Tab S7+ can be expanded by up to 1 TB with the help of a microSD card. SD cards cannot be formatted as internal storage. However, they can be used to store application data. Thanks to exFAT, very large files can be stored on the tablet.

The USB 3.2 (Gen 1) port offers data transfer rates of up to 5 Gb/s and can output a 1080p video signal with the help of an adapter. Samsung DeX is also on board. It can be used directly on the tablet or on an external display through a wired or wireless connection. Miracast is utilised for a wireless connection. Even though it works well in general, there are still some latency issues. It is good enough for making a presentation. However, for either gaming or work, we recommend using a wired connection.

The connector on the bottom is intended for the BookCover Keyboard, which attaches magnetically. 

Top: power button, volume rocker, microphone hole, card slot
Top: power button, volume rocker, microphone hole, card slot
Bottom: keyboard connector
Bottom: keyboard connector
Left side: speaker grill, microphone hole, speaker grill
Left side: speaker grill, microphone hole, speaker grill
Right side: speaker grill, USB-C port, speaker grill
Right side: speaker grill, USB-C port, speaker grill

Software - Galaxy tablet with promises of updates

The Galaxy Tab S7+ runs Android 10. The security patches were last updated in September, 2020. According to Samsung, users of the Tab S7+ should receive timely software update. 

The Samsung slate comes with Samsung’s Galaxy Store in addition to Google’s Play Store. Moreover, Microsoft’s applications, Netflix, Facebook and Spotify are preinstalled. These cannot be fully uninstalled. They can only be disabled. 

The S Pen brings functionality to the Tab S7+ that we already saw in the Note 20 devices and their predecessors. Kids Mode and Samsung DeX round off the software package. 

Communication and Geolocation - Slow and unstable Wi-Fi

The Tab S7+ has a Wi-Fi 6 modem with a MIMO antenna array. It also supports VHT80 networking. Nevertheless, the Tab S7+ does poorly in the Wi-Fi benchmarks, which we conduct with our reference-grade router Netgear Nighthawk AX12. The data transfer rates are lower than expected and we also observed significant drops in performance. However, these should not be noticeable in day-to-day use, because the data transfer rates of over 240 Mb/s are still very high and most modern Internet connections cannot even achieve such speeds. Howbeit, Samsung should try to improve Wi-Fi performance through an update. The signal attenuation of -37 dBm is on a good level.

The model with a cellular modem (SM-T976) can operate in 5G networks. The microphones worked rather well during our test video conference. The participants described our voice as a little too quiet.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1065 (1022min - 1104max) MBit/s ∼100% +69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, SD 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
679 (600min - 714max) MBit/s ∼64% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
629 (284min - 753max) MBit/s ∼59%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
612 (573min - 630max) MBit/s ∼57% -3%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
873 (750min - 946max) MBit/s ∼100% +43%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
827 (400min - 880max) MBit/s ∼95% +35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
612 (243min - 690max) MBit/s ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, SD 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
577 (534min - 612max) MBit/s ∼66% -6%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø628 (284-753)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø612 (243-690)
GPS Test: Available satellites
GNSS
GPS Test: Outdoors
Outdoors
GPS Test: Indoors
Indoors

The Samsung slate supports only the following global navigation satellite systems: GPS, Glonass and BeiDou. Dual-band GNSS is not supported. Indoors, our review device struggles to establish a connection with the satellites and has a margin of error of 24 to 32 metres. Outdoors, the Tab S7+ determines the user’s location quickly and accurately. 

In order to determine how accurate our review device is when it comes to geolocation, we take it with us on a bike ride. During this ride, we are also accompanied by the professional navigator Garmin Edge 500. The Tab S7+ proves to be almost as accurate as our reference-grade navigator. However, the route that we took was not mapped perfectly on the Android tablet. Despite its modest GNSS module, the Tab S7+ does surprising well when it comes to navigation. 

Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around the pond
Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around the pond
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Overview
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Overview
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Cycling around the pond
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Cycling around the pond
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Turning around
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - Turning around

Cameras - Samsung tablet with a solid dual-camera setup

Selfie taken with the Galaxy Tab S7+

The 8-megapixel front-facing camera (Samsung S5K4HA, 1/4", 1.12 μm) of the Tab S7+ produces solid photographs and offers the same features as Samsung’s smartphones. It can record video at 1080p30. The video quality is good enough for video calls. However, the photographs look muddy and washed-out. 

The dual-camera system on the back consists of a 13-megapixel main sensor (Samsung S5K3M5, 1/3.4", 1,0 μm) and a 5-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens. The shots taken with the main camera appear well-exposed. However, fine details are lost and the colours are difficult to tell apart. The ultra wide-angle camera produces good images despite its low resolution. However, the edges of the photographs are marred by chromatic aberration. The tablet is not designed for taking snapshots. Howbeit, it is good enough for photographing documents and taking occasional pictures.

The rear camera can shoot video at 2160p30.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleUltra Wide-angle5X zoomLow-light photography
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus: 47.14 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 93.69 ∆E
ColorChecker
4.3 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus: 5.05 ∆E min: 2.02 - max: 9.23 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - Tablet with an optional keyboard

The premium tablet comes with a 24-month warranty, which can be enhanced with a Care+ package. It protects the device from accidental damage and costs 149 Euros (~$174). It covers two accidents and has a 59-Euro (~$69) service fee.

The box contains the Galaxy Tab S7+, a modular 15-watt charger, a USB cable (1 m, Type-A to Type-C), the S Pen, a SIM card removal tool and safety and warranty information.

Samsung sells the BookCover Keyboard for 224.10 Euros (~$262.58) and the BookCover (without the keyboard) for 77.88 Euros (~$91.25)

Input Devices & Handling - Fingerprint sensor under the screen

Whether you use your fingers or the included S Pen, the touchscreen of the Tab S7+ recognises inputs quickly and accurately. Thanks to the fast SoC and a high refresh rate, the system performance of the Samsung slate is on a very good level. 

The S Pen offers all current features and supports 4,096 pressure levels. It can be used for note-taking, drawing or even making presentations. The hardware button is remappable and can be used to do more than just call up Bixby.

The Android tablet features an in-screen fingerprint scanner and supports face recognition. Both functioned well in our review. The fingerprint reader is very cleverly positioned on the right side, which is why it is easy to reach when you use the tablet in landscape mode. However, the fingerprint sensor does not work very fast when the screen is off. 

Display - Old technology with DC dimming

Pixel arrangement

The 12.4-inch (31.5-cm) Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Tab S7+ has a native resolution of 2800x1752 pixels. The pixel density is a little lower than what the Galaxy Tab S6 has to offer. However, the Tab S7+ has a 120-Hz refresh rate. 

We were expecting to see a higher brightness. With the ambient light sensor enabled, the panel has an average brightness of 447 cd/m². With the light sensor disabled, the screen brightness peaks at 342 cd/m². The screen can become even brighter in manual mode, if the slate is in a very bright environment. The Tab S7+ supports HDR10 and HDR10+. In the APL50 test, in which the screen displays a pattern of alternating black and white squares of equal size, we measured a brightness of 541 cd/m². This measurement reveals that the panel of the Tab S7+ is not bright enough for a perfect HDR experience. 

Positive: The Samsung tablet supports DC dimming. According to our oscilloscope measurements, the OLED screen flickers from 235.8 to 245.1 Hz at minimum brightness. As long as the brightness level remains below 20%, the panel flickers from 238 to 250 Hz. At 20% brightness and above, the PWM frequency amounts to a constant 120 Hz. 

OLED flickering: minimum brightness
Minimum brightness
OLED flickering: below 20% brightness
Below 20% brightness
OLED flickering: above 20% brightness
OLED flickering: above 20% brightness
450
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 451 cd/m² Average: 446.6 cd/m² Minimum: 1.73 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 441 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.01
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.4
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
IPS, 2732x2048, 12.9
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Super AMOLED, 2560x1600, 10.5
Screen
31%
-10%
-5%
Brightness middle
441
625
42%
606
37%
446
1%
Brightness
447
599
34%
579
30%
445
0%
Brightness Distribution
98
87
-11%
89
-9%
86
-12%
Black Level *
0.47
0.32
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.4
1.3
46%
2.9
-21%
2.7
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.1
2.7
34%
6
-46%
5.4
-32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.9
1.8
38%
4.3
-48%
2.1
28%
Gamma
2.01 109%
2.23 99%
2.22 99%
2.05 107%
CCT
6469 100%
6765 96%
7272 89%
6468 100%
Contrast
1330
1894

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 245.1 Hz ≤ 1 % brightness setting
≤ 1.73 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 245.1 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 1 % (1.73 cd/m²) and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 245.1 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

As the flickering occurs only on very low brightness settings, it should not be an issue in typical office settings. Nonetheless, use in low light conditions may be straining to the eyes.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17495 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Our CalMAN test reveals that the screen of the Galaxy Tab S7+ is very colour-accurate in Natural mode, which clamps the gamut to the sRGB colour space. The colour reproduction is also quite good in Vivid mode. However, the Delta E 2000 colour deviations are significantly lower in Natural Mode. 

Grayscale (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour accuracy (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour accuracy (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour-space coverage (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour-space coverage (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (Mode: Vivid, colour space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Colour-space coverage (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Colour-space coverage (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Mode: Natural, colour space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.7 ms).

Outdoors, the Tab S7+ leaves a rather mixed impression. The superb contrast ratio ensures readability on cloudy days. However, screen reflections make the display difficult to read, especially when it is viewed at an angle. In any case, the OLED panel is not bright enough to be legible on sunny days. Howbeit, the display can be comfortably read in the shade. 

The viewing angles of the Samsung slate are very stable. The brightness does not drop when the screen is viewed at acute angles. However, the colours become distorted at extreme angles. 

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Performance - Galaxy Tab with Snapdragon 865+

The Tab S7+ comes with the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is supposed to offer 10% more performance than the conventional SD 865. The high-performance Prime core can reach up to 3.1 GHz. The Adreno 650 serves as the GPU.

In Geekbench, the Galaxy Tab S7+ achieves a good single-core score. Nevertheless, it is still beaten by the iPad Pro. In the multi-core benchmarks, the Tab S7+ performs surprisingly poorly. Here, smartphones with the Snapdragon 865 are around 10% faster than the Samsung slate. We think that this is due to a poor cooling solution. In the Physics section of the 3DMark benchmark, the S7+ does even worse. However, in the GPU benchmarks, the Samsung tablet is 4 to 7% faster than other devices. 

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Metal Score 5.1
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
10011 Points ∼98%
Average of class Tablet (9361 - 10011, n=3)
9785 Points ∼96%
Vulkan Score 5.1
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
3955 Points ∼3%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3394 Points ∼3%
Average of class Tablet (623 - 4654, n=4)
2438 Points ∼2%
OpenCL Score 5.1
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3756 Points ∼3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
3576 Points ∼3%
Average of class Tablet (138 - 5353, n=5)
2292 Points ∼2%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
4712 Points ∼38% +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (3012 - 3300, n=4)
3144 Points ∼25% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3063 Points ∼25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
2893 Points ∼23% -6%
Average of class Tablet (498 - 4712, n=21)
1979 Points ∼16% -35%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
1117 Points ∼69% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (950 - 1006, n=4)
976 Points ∼60% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
950 Points ∼59%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
759 Points ∼47% -20%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 1127, n=21)
590 Points ∼36% -38%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
9279 Points ∼21%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8892 Points ∼20%
Average of class Tablet (840 - 43802, n=45)
5745 Points ∼13%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
13066 Points ∼23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
11885 Points ∼21%
Average of class Tablet (1106 - 18041, n=62)
4764 Points ∼8%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
4493 Points ∼67%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3865 Points ∼58%
Average of class Tablet (429 - 5002, n=62)
1670 Points ∼25%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (12457 - 13999, n=4)
12881 Points ∼84% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
12466 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9615 Points ∼63% -23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8636 Points ∼56% -31%
Average of class Tablet (4267 - 12603, n=60)
4914 Points ∼32% -61%
Work performance score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (13629 - 19824, n=4)
15760 Points ∼79% +16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
13629 Points ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
11644 Points ∼58% -15%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
10918 Points ∼55% -20%
Average of class Tablet (1873 - 14982, n=96)
5329 Points ∼27% -61%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
3658 Points ∼90% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (3100 - 3875, n=4)
3412 Points ∼84% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3100 Points ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2992 Points ∼74% -3%
Average of class Tablet (1152 - 3658, n=20)
2346 Points ∼58% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8745 Points ∼96%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (7613 - 9047, n=4)
8543 Points ∼94% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5819 Points ∼64% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4156 Points ∼46% -52%
Average of class Tablet (400 - 8768, n=20)
2120 Points ∼23% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (5960 - 6977, n=4)
6364 Points ∼91% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6226 Points ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4809 Points ∼69% -23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4036 Points ∼58% -35%
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6292, n=20)
1904 Points ∼27% -69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4756 Points ∼60% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (4159 - 5406, n=4)
4600 Points ∼58% +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4159 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3919 Points ∼49% -6%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 4756, n=61)
1950 Points ∼24% -53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (9453 - 10043, n=4)
9836 Points ∼98% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
9453 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6750 Points ∼67% -29%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4356 Points ∼43% -54%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 9893, n=61)
2021 Points ∼20% -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (7369 - 8386, n=4)
7841 Points ∼94% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
7369 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5816 Points ∼69% -21%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4467 Points ∼53% -39%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 7701, n=61)
1787 Points ∼21% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4702 Points ∼82% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (4178 - 5361, n=5)
4628 Points ∼80% +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4178 Points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3898 Points ∼68% -7%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4702, n=67)
1823 Points ∼32% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
13149 Points ∼46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (11617 - 13779, n=5)
12716 Points ∼44% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
10119 Points ∼35% -23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4405 Points ∼15% -66%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=67)
3186 Points ∼11% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (8709 - 10059, n=5)
9132 Points ∼68% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8902 Points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7470 Points ∼56% -16%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4472 Points ∼33% -50%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=67)
2237 Points ∼17% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (4041 - 5035, n=4)
4386 Points ∼84% +9%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4096 Points ∼79% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4041 Points ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3695 Points ∼71% -9%
Average of class Tablet (729 - 4201, n=77)
1832 Points ∼35% -55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (8548 - 9032, n=4)
8871 Points ∼97% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8548 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6128 Points ∼67% -28%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4425 Points ∼48% -48%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 8894, n=77)
1603 Points ∼17% -81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (6850 - 7678, n=4)
7213 Points ∼35% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
6850 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5346 Points ∼26% -22%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4334 Points ∼21% -37%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 7098, n=79)
1481 Points ∼7% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (4104 - 4911, n=5)
4447 Points ∼84% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
4104 Points ∼78%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4056 Points ∼77% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3678 Points ∼70% -10%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 4482, n=80)
1716 Points ∼33% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
12725 Points ∼89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (11107 - 14283, n=5)
12371 Points ∼87% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9415 Points ∼66% -26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4256 Points ∼30% -67%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 14283, n=80)
2291 Points ∼16% -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (8272 - 9361, n=5)
8764 Points ∼91% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8675 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6992 Points ∼73% -19%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4215 Points ∼44% -51%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 9238, n=81)
1838 Points ∼19% -79%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
51436 Points ∼60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (42810 - 56928, n=4)
49274 Points ∼57% -4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
40299 Points ∼47% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
34750 Points ∼40% -32%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
19565 Points ∼23% -62%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 51436, n=174)
14462 Points ∼17% -72%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
220422 Points ∼40% +37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
160665 Points ∼29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (128372 - 169103, n=4)
155748 Points ∼29% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
107333 Points ∼20% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64715 Points ∼12% -60%
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 221941, n=174)
25191 Points ∼5% -84%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
110582 Points ∼45% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
109154 Points ∼44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (91762 - 117606, n=4)
104977 Points ∼43% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
73307 Points ∼30% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
42861 Points ∼17% -61%
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 110846, n=175)
18873 Points ∼8% -83%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
215 fps ∼2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (171 - 225, n=4)
208 fps ∼2% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
166 fps ∼1% -23%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
135 fps ∼1% -37%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=196)
37.1 fps ∼0% -83%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
116 fps ∼3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (60 - 119, n=4)
102 fps ∼3% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
60 fps ∼2% -48%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
60 fps ∼2% -48%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=200)
23.9 fps ∼1% -79%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
125 fps ∼20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (110 - 134, n=4)
125 fps ∼20% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
97 fps ∼16% -22%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
64 fps ∼10% -49%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=130)
25.3 fps ∼4% -80%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (60 - 82, n=4)
71 fps ∼19% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
67 fps ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
56 fps ∼15% -16%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
44 fps ∼12% -34%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=136)
17.5 fps ∼5% -74%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
88 fps ∼2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (75 - 93, n=4)
87.3 fps ∼2% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
66 fps ∼1% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼1% -53%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=82)
22.7 fps ∼0% -74%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (41 - 60, n=4)
49.5 fps ∼1% +21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
41 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
38 fps ∼1% -7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
34 fps ∼1% -17%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=82)
15.1 fps ∼0% -63%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (18 - 35, n=4)
24.3 fps ∼15% +35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
18 fps ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
16 fps ∼10% -11%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
13 fps ∼8% -28%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=32)
10.3 fps ∼7% -43%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
22 fps ∼9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (22 - 22, n=4)
22 fps ∼9% 0%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼7% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
15 fps ∼6% -32%
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 51.1, n=32)
9.95 fps ∼4% -55%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (27 - 54, n=4)
37 fps ∼18% +37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
27 fps ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
24 fps ∼12% -11%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
17 fps ∼8% -37%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=32)
15.5 fps ∼8% -43%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
57 fps ∼10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (46 - 58, n=4)
54.8 fps ∼9% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
42 fps ∼7% -26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
41 fps ∼7% -28%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 134, n=32)
26.6 fps ∼5% -53%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
53 fps ∼12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (46 - 57, n=4)
52.8 fps ∼12% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
40 fps ∼9% -25%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
38 fps ∼9% -28%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=58)
16.3 fps ∼4% -69%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (24 - 52, n=4)
34.3 fps ∼13% +43%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
24 fps ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
23 fps ∼9% -4%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
21 fps ∼8% -12%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=58)
10.2 fps ∼4% -57%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
751846 Points ∼100% +53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (490260 - 622888, n=4)
571612 Points ∼76% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
490260 Points ∼65%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
409039 Points ∼54% -17%
Average of class Tablet (78450 - 751846, n=16)
324526 Points ∼43% -34%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (1268 - 1621, n=4)
1407 Points ∼69% +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
1268 Points ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
1249 Points ∼61% -1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
1032 Points ∼51% -19%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=123)
772 Points ∼38% -39%
Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (11773 - 12048, n=4)
11899 Points ∼41% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
11773 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9372 Points ∼32% -20%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8775 Points ∼30% -25%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=124)
2440 Points ∼8% -79%
Memory
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
6751 Points ∼76% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (5918 - 8056, n=4)
6654 Points ∼75% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
5918 Points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5617 Points ∼63% -5%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 6751, n=124)
1304 Points ∼15% -78%
System
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (8965 - 9901, n=4)
9264 Points ∼56% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8965 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
8360 Points ∼51% -7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
8215 Points ∼50% -8%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=124)
2712 Points ∼16% -70%
Overall
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (5305 - 6247, n=4)
5656 Points ∼67% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
5305 Points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4842 Points ∼57% -9%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
4738 Points ∼56% -11%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=123)
1426 Points ∼17% -73%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 256 GB NVMe
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 990, ARM Mali-G76 MP16, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm Adreno 640, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash

We used the default Samsung Internet browser for our browser benchmarks. The Tab S7+ did well in the synthetic benchmarks. Nonetheless, it was unable to beat the iPad Pro. In day-to-day use, the Samsung slate offers a very good Internet-browsing experience. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
126.1 Points ∼100% +74%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
72.541 Points ∼58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (69.8 - 75.5, n=4)
72.4 Points ∼57% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.971 Points ∼53% -8%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 126, n=19)
61.7 Points ∼49% -15%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
55.115 Points ∼44% -24%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
271.89 Points ∼100% +113%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
127.58 Points ∼47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (122 - 132, n=4)
127 Points ∼47% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
118.05 Points ∼43% -7%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
101.24 Points ∼37% -21%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=108)
61 Points ∼22% -52%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
140 Points ∼100% +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
126 Points ∼90%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (114 - 126, n=4)
120 Points ∼86% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
104 Points ∼74% -17%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
97 Points ∼69% -23%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 182, n=43)
74.8 Points ∼53% -41%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
135 runs/min ∼100% +89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
71.3 runs/min ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.2 runs/min ∼49% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (41.2 - 73.3, n=4)
64.2 runs/min ∼48% -10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
63.9 runs/min ∼47% -10%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 139, n=28)
55 runs/min ∼41% -23%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
43057 Points ∼100% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
27360 Points ∼64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (25953 - 27360, n=4)
26679 Points ∼62% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
24654 Points ∼57% -10%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
19885 Points ∼46% -27%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=193)
7803 Points ∼18% -71%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=205)
8823 ms * ∼100% -353%
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 (Huawei Browser V10.1.2)
2344.9 ms * ∼27% -20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
2175.7 ms * ∼25% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
1947 ms * ∼22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) (1854 - 1947, n=4)
1908 ms * ∼22% +2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Safari 13)
645.9 ms * ∼7% +67%

* ... smaller is better

The Tab S7+ comes with 256 GB of very fast UFS 3.1 memory, which does not do particularly well when it comes to writing 4 KB blocks of data. 

In the benchmarks with our reference-grade microSD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501), the Tab S7+ achieved good results. However, it was not able to achieve the maximum speeds that our reference-grade SD card offers. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 PlusHuawei MatePad Pro 10.8Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-2%
-20%
1%
-69%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
69.32 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
71.72 (NM Card)
3%
54.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-21%
62.2 (55.6 - 69.3, n=3)
-10%
50.2 (14 - 73.8, n=72)
-28%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
85.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
82.42 (NM Card)
-4%
70.47 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-18%
77.7 (65.6 - 85.8, n=3)
-9%
68.1 (17.6 - 87.7, n=72)
-21%
Random Write 4KB
204.97
262.42
28%
170.16
-17%
238 (205 - 285, n=6)
16%
11.5 (0.13 - 262, n=224)
-94%
Random Read 4KB
230.14
224.61
-2%
191.65
-17%
233 (187 - 273, n=6)
1%
25.9 (1.04 - 230, n=224)
-89%
Sequential Write 256KB
731.99
398.96
-45%
522.31
-29%
768 (732 - 802, n=6)
5%
57 (2.04 - 732, n=224)
-92%
Sequential Read 256KB
1674.99
1788.66
7%
1415.55
-15%
1705 (1675 - 1782, n=6)
2%
149 (6.75 - 1789, n=224)
-91%

Gaming - Ready for high-refresh gaming

The Tab S7+ comes with the Adreno 650, which is currently the fastest Android GPU on the market. We use Gamebench to record frame rates for our gaming benchmarks. 

The Android tablet proves to be a very capable gaming device. In Armajet, the S7+ manages to hit 120 FPS most of the time. In PUBG Mobile, the slate achieves a stable 40 FPS with the new Ultra HD preset. With the HD preset, the tablet can achieve a rather stable 60 FPS. 

The big screen offers an immersive gaming experience. However, because of its size, holding the tablet in the hands for an extended period of time is not going to be easy. The speakers provide a very good sound stage.

PUBG Mobile
Armajet
PUBG Compare
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; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.0.0: Ø59.7 (52-60)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.0.0: Ø40 (38-41)
; Armajet; 1.15.1: Ø114 (102-120)

Emissions - Four powerful speakers in the Galaxy Tab S7+

Temperature

GFXBench: T-Rex (OpenGL ES 2.0)
T-Rex
GFXBench: Manhattan (OpenGL ES 3.1)
Manhattan

The Tab S7+ does not get hot. Under continuous load, the surface temperatures slightly exceed the 30-°C (86 °F) mark. 

We use a battery testing utility known as GFXBench to examine how well our review device performs under sustained load. The battery benchmark is run three times in a row, and both the frame rates and the battery level are recorded. Here, the Tab S7+ gets quite hot under the hood. In the T Rex section of the GFXBench benchmark, the performance drops by more than 10% after the 20th benchmark pass. In the more intensive Manhattan section, the performance declines slowly. However, the overall drop in performance is not as large. 

Max. Load
 32.3 °C
90 F
32.2 °C
90 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
 24 °C
75 F
24.7 °C
76 F
23 °C
73 F
 
 26.9 °C
80 F
28.3 °C
83 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Average: 26.7 °C = 80 F
23.8 °C
75 F
28 °C
82 F
27.1 °C
81 F
23.8 °C
75 F
25.6 °C
78 F
24.5 °C
76 F
23.2 °C
74 F
24.5 °C
76 F
24.5 °C
76 F
Maximum: 28 °C = 82 F
Average: 25 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  22.5 °C = 73 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 34.6 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 28 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Frequency response

There are two speakers on either side of the Tab S7+, which were tuned by AKG. They offer a very wide sound stage. However, the bass is almost completely missing. 

The slate does not have a headphone jack and there is no USB-C adapter in the box. Users can connect two sets of wireless headphones via Bluetooth at the same time. The Android tablet supports SBC, AAC, aptX and LDAC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.527.62521.324.43118.421.54022.525.35020.332.36315.824.18015.735.110016.741.512515.152.61601564.320010.663.125014.16631510.869.640010.971.450010.575.76308.8768001077100010.178.4125011.177.6160011.977.620001174250012.168.6315012.572.5400012.776.5500013.476.4630013.873.280001567.9100001469.11250014.169.91600014.158SPL24.487.2N0.575.8median 12.5median 71.4Delta25.932.829.726.223.123.319.421.921.12825.219.92319.135.419.946.216.556.119.662.617.560.717.562.413.96413.965.315.870.615.2711469.81470.613.972.913.470.113.865.514.3671469.414.570.314.669.614.563.414.762.915.155.6155714.862.226.5810.852.6median 14.6median 65.314.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 PlusApple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management - 10 Ah, but battery life can be improved

Energy Consumption

The power consumption is on a relatively good level. The Galaxy Tab S7+ is quite energy-efficient when the screen brightness is maxed out. Enabling the 120 Hz mode will increase the power draw by 0.72 watts, which is perfectly reasonable, given the size of the screen. However, the power draw at minimum brightness is slightly elevated. 

The 10,090-mAh battery takes more than three hours (187 minutes) to fully charge with the included power adapter. If you leave the power adapter plugged in, it will draw 0.0041 watts from the power outlet. The Android tablet does not support wireless charging. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.09 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.41 / 3.4 / 3.43 Watt
Load midlight 6.63 / 10.29 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
10090 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
9720 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Power Consumption
-77%
-17%
12%
Idle Minimum *
2.41
1.22
49%
1.98
18%
1.96
19%
Idle Average *
3.4
8.68
-155%
5.66
-66%
2.8
18%
Idle Maximum *
3.43
8.75
-155%
5.69
-66%
2.82
18%
Load Average *
6.63
11.72
-77%
6.96
-5%
5.31
20%
Load Maximum *
10.29
15.25
-48%
6.98
32%
11.91
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Despite the good energy consumption figures, the battery life of the Galaxy Tab S7+ is less than impressive. In our Wi-Fi test, in which we set the screen brightness to 150 cd/m² and enabled the 120 Hz mode, the Tab S7+ achieved a battery runtime of 7 hours, which is not impressive at all. Here, the iPad Pro lasts twice as long. 

Samsung advertised 14 hours of video playback. However, this is not what we saw in our testing. That being said, Samsung did not specify how it achieved the advertised results. If we were to reduce the screen brightness we are sure that we would be able to get a longer battery runtime. Howbeit, this would not be the most practical solution. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Samsung Browser 12.1)
7h 05min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 55min
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
10090 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
9720 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8
7250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Battery Runtime
46%
58%
28%
Reader / Idle
898
1827
103%
1877
109%
1276
42%
H.264
620
738
19%
909
47%
872
41%
WiFi v1.3
425
905
113%
891
110%
556
31%
Load
355
167
-53%
233
-34%
340
-4%

Pros

+ big 120 Hz OLED display
+ expandable storage
+ optional 5G
+ outstanding system and gaming performance
+ USB 3.2 with DP functionality and DeX
+ four speakers with Dolby Atmos support
+ S Pen included

Cons

- unstable Wi-Fi 6
- dim screen
- mediocre battery life

Verdict - Powerful tablet, but not on top

In review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (SM-T970). Test device provided courtesy of: NBB.com
In review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (SM-T970). Test device provided courtesy of: NBB.com

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is currently the largest premium tablet in the Android space. The 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display offers a great colour reproduction. However, it is not bright enough for outdoor use. It is a pity that Samsung did not manage to implement its Dynamic AMOLED technology here.

The Wi-Fi performance is very unstable. However, in day-to-day use the performance never falls below a critical threshold. Nevertheless, Samsung should make some improvements here. This also applies to the battery runtimes, which are quite poor even at minimum brightness, when the communication modules are enabled. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a powerful premium tablet, which is suited for both media consumption and professional use.

At its core, the Tab S7+ is a good slate. Here Samsung has done a lot right. The Tab S7+ features a very fast SoC and its 120-Hz screen improves the user experience not only when gaming. The S Pen, which is included in the box, is a powerful tool for note-taking, drawing and making presentations. Moreover, the Android tablet also comes with an optional 5G modem, which should make the Tab S7+ quite future-proof if Samsung keeps its promises regarding software updates. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus - 09/30/2020 v7
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Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
72 / 80 → 90%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
60 / 70 → 85%
Weight
82 / 40-88 → 87%
Battery
80%
Display
86%
Games Performance
62 / 78 → 79%
Application Performance
83 / 92 → 90%
Temperature
96%
Noise
100%
Audio
89 / 91 → 97%
Camera
57 / 85 → 68%
Average
81%
88%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-10- 2 (Update: 2020-10- 6)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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