Android tablets aren’t common anymore, but some OEMs are still showing interest in the declining category being replaced by bigger phones. Last week, early renders leaked of an apparent Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 successor. This week, another render has leaked confirming last week’s report. Thanks to a fresh image that reveals more detail, we have a better idea of what to expect from Samsung’s 2018-edition Galaxy Tab S tablet.
Modern Android tablets are hard to find and have seemingly been replaced by devices like Chrome OS touchscreen hybrids. With Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung could return to the high-end market featuring only offerings from Sony and Huawei. Samsung may look to compete with even laptop devices with its new productive tablet, as hinted by a Samsung case with a keyboard shown in the latest leak. The accessory makes it hard to see most of the actual tablet itself, but never the less, gives us some things to speculate about. While there’s a chance the keyboard comes bundled with the device, Samsung will probably sell it separate at a high cost knowing them.
The Galaxy Tab line is due for an upgrade. Many we’re beginning to think that Samsung might have ended its tablet offerings with the high-end Galaxy Tab S3 models, but that won’t be the case. The Galaxy Tab S4 will be different in a lot of ways from its predecessor adopting trends in smartphone design and many of today’s technology standards. It will also include a lot of improvements over the prior generation such as AKG Audio, higher-end specs, a larger 10.5-inch display, and new security methods. We don’t know for sure the price nor when the tablet will release since Samsung is expected to hold multiple conferences this fall. IFA 2018 is a possibility, though Samsung might save this event for its new watch. Samsung has already confirmed an August 9th Unpacked 18 event, which is probably a safer bet.
In the leak we also see an S Pen. We don’t know if this will come included since we don’t see a cutout in the device for it, though it could be sold separately. Most Samsung tablets don’t have S Pen support, so this would be nice for those who like to be productive on a bigger machine. Despite not having ‘Note’ in the name, this could be a Note-like tablet as was the case with Galaxy Tab S3, which would make sense shall Samsung unveil it alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. Perhaps it’ll include all the same S Pen functions expected to debut.
Stay tuned as we should learn more information from leaks in the weeks ahead. Let us know in the comment section your thoughts on the current state of Android tablets and if you’d be interested in a Galaxy Tab S4.
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