• Display: 10.5-inch Super AMOLED
  • System on Chip: Qualcom MSM8998
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB + 400GB microSD
  • Operating System: Android 8.1
  • Camera: 13-megapixel (Rear) + 8-megapixel (Front)
  • Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 483g
  • Pros:
  • S Pen
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • Price

Living The Tablet Life

Tablets have long come and gone in today’s society. A few years ago, almost every capable household will have a tablet, and some even have a tablet for each member of the household. But nowadays, they are obsolete – deleted by larger mobile phones and smarter TVs. Samsung still has a horse in the fight, and by introducing the latest Samsung Tab S4, they look to conquer your coffee tables and work desks once again.

The major selling point of the Tab S4 in our opinion is with its Dex features. Without connecting the tablet to a monitor, you can straight up fire up Dex and work from there. However, the full package only consist of the tablet itself and an S Pen, so you will have to purchase the keyboard separately. Once you have one, it can snap onto the bottom of the device, displaying a tablet that can work just like a laptop on a smaller scale. Without Dex, the tablet just functions like your regular tablet with the addition of a stylus. We even tried the laptop with a few mobile games that we have our hands on nowadays and MapleStory M and Vampire’s Fall: Origins worked just like you thought it would without much issues.

If Samsung accessories are not your style, you can simply connect it with external Bluetooth peripherals. The larger screen does help with media consumption such as watching instructional videos on YouTube when you are cooking or for work to electronically sign PDFs with the stylus. Writing down notes, translating and even commentating on screenshots can be easily done with the stylus. Luckily, you do not have to charge the stylus of the Tab S4 so you can safely use it without any worries when it comes to battery life. The tablet also comes packed with a rear and a front camera so you can take pictures or Skype with your loved ones.

However, for all the good that’s said, it is still a tablet after all. Aside from Dex and some specific use of the stylus such as drawing or sketching, the Tab S4 does not offer anything new that would change the game or encourage some people to switch from a laptop to it. You can even buy Chromebooks that are cheaper than the Tab, and when it comes to performance, it is incapable of dethroning available 2-in-1 laptops.

The Tab S4 is entering the competitive laptop and mobile phone market and slots itself in the middle as an alternative or solution for the best of both worlds. It could be perfect for the older generation that has issues with a small screen and could also be the perfect tablet for those who are artistically inclined, allowing them the freedom to sketch precise drawings even while on the go.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Does exceptionally well for what a tablet usually does. A great screen and a very responsive pen allows for artists to create masterpieces and even allows the user to have a desktop-like experience.

(to be published in issue October 2018)