Samsung is without doubt one of the very few manufacturers still pushing out high-end Android tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ is its latest mannequin. While most other manufacturers have been sticking to low-end tablets, Samsung has been showcasing what a top-tier Android tablet must be like. The Galaxy Tab S7+ has some impressive specifications such as a big 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, and a bundled S-Pen stylus. Samsung has set the price at Rs. 79,999 which begs the question, is the Galaxy Tab S7+ worth one of these immense investment? I put it through our tests to find out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ design
Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+ at the same time. While the Galaxy Tab S7 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab S6 which I reviewed late final year, the Galaxy Tab S7+ pretty much reflects the most productive that Samsung has to offer in this day and age. It has a big 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1752×2800 pixels and toughen for HDR10+. The bezels on the display are the easiest size; slim enough to look contemporary, yet thick enough to assist you to hold the Galaxy Tab S7+ comfortably without causing accidental touches. Samsung expects you to use this tablet primarily in the landscape orientation, and has placed a selfie camera to the correct of the panel.
There are four AKG tuned speakers on the Tab S7+; two positioned at the top and the other two at the behind, on either side of the USB Kind-C port. The frame of the tablet is made out of metal and has a premium feel to it. On the correct side, you have the power and volume buttons, in conjunction with a tray for a Nano-SIM. You are going to see a three-pin connector sitting flush on the left of the device, with two notches for compatible accessories. Samsung did send me a Book Cover Keyboard case, which have compatibility this tablet perfectly. More on the keyboard case in a bit.
You can find antenna lines running across the top and behind of the frame which help the Galaxy Tab S7+ latch onto LTE. The back of the tablet is flat with only a dual camera module in the top left corner. A glossy patch extending below the cameras tells you where you’ll stow the S-Pen. It stays in place the use of magnets, and is automatically charged while it is connected. The Galaxy Tab S7+ weighs 575g and single-handed usage would be challenging. Samsung has packed in a 10,090mAh battery, and supplies a 15W charger in the box.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ specifications and software
Samsung has pretty much cherry-picked the most productive hardware for the Galaxy Tab S7+. Let’s start with the AMOLED display, which supports HDR10+ and a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is crisp and has excellent viewing angles. You’ll be able to also change the colour profile and colour temperature of the panel. I found that the display of the Galaxy Tab S7+ gets bright enough and can be utilized even when outdoors, though it is relatively reflective.
Powering the Galaxy Tab S7+ is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC which is pretty much the most powerful processor for the Android Platform in this day and age. It’s paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You do get a microSD card slot, which helps you to expand storage by up to 1TB. There is toughen for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G VoLTE, and four navigation systems.
The Galaxy Tab S7+ has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is towards the behind of the display. This is a CMOS sensor, and you’ll see the display illuminate when you place your finger on it. Just like the Galaxy Tab S6 (Review), the Tab S7+ does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you will not be able to plug in your older headphones.
With regards to software, you get OneUI 2.5 on top of Android 10, and my review unit used to be running the September Android security patch. The UI has been scaled up for the tablet-sized display, and navigating around it used to be very easy. When you’ve got used a Samsung smartphone recently, you’ll find yourself at home on the Galaxy Tab S7+. You’ll be able to multitask relatively easily with two apps running side by side. If you want to work on more than two apps at a time you’ll open extra ones in pop-up windows. I could open approximately ten apps this way, but only five can be utilized actively. Just like on Galaxy smartphones, there’s a multi-app tray on the correct side corner. This is easily customisable.
The S-Pen that’s bundled with the Galaxy Tab S7+ supports Pen Actions. You’ll be able to interact with the tablet by holding the button on the S-Pen and performing gestures. Urgent the button and touching the S-Pen to the display when it is off launches Off-screen memos which allow you to take paper money quickly. Snapping the S-Pen to the back of the tablet saves these paper money automatically.
You’ll be able to also press and hold the button on the S-Pen to launch the camera app on the tablet and then use it to capture photos. A double-click switches between cameras, and a swipe with the button pressed changes camera modes. Samsung has optimised the tablet to work with the S-Pen and it offers good palm rejection. I could rest my palm totally on the tablet while the use of sketching apps without any accidental touches.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Keyboard Cover
Samsung sent me the Keyboard Cover with the Galaxy Tab S7+ and I used it extensively right through the review period. The keyboard cover comes in two pieces; the keyboard snaps onto to the left of the Galaxy Tab S7+ while the kickstand which attaches to the back. The keyboard cover has been improved significantly in comparison to the one I tested in conjunction with the Galaxy Tab S6. Samsung has used stronger magnets on the back which latch on to the tablet securely. When pulling the kickstand open, these magnets don’t budge making it very easy to use without fear of the back cover coming off. There are also magnets at the behind to latch on to the tablet when the case is closed.
Snapping on the Keyboard Cover enables Samsung Dex automatically. This allows you to run apps to be run in windowed mode. All the interface looks very similar to Windows, and I could multitask without any issues. This keyboard has operate keys in addition to multimedia shortcuts, but the keys are not backlit.
I found the trackpad to be precise and easy to use but it is smaller than the trackpad on most laptops. The keys have shallow shuttle but a reassuring click ensured that I never had to double-check a keystroke, and typing used to be a breeze. While the keyboard cover gives this tablet a laptop-like appearance, you’ll only comfortably apply it to a table since the base cannot toughen the tablet on your lap. Samsung has priced the Galaxy Tab S7+ keyboard case at Rs. 15,999, so you’ll have to shell out additional for it.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ performance
I enjoyed watching videos on the big 12.4-inch display. Samsung is known for its punchy AMOLED displays and this is likely one of the biggest you’ll get . The Galaxy Tab S7+ has good viewing angles and the high refresh rate makes scrolling look super smooth. Streaming videos were engaging, and the four AKG-tuned speakers were capable of filling a small room with audio.
At the back, the Galaxy Tab S7+ has a 13-megapixel primary camera in conjunction with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. It has an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. These specifications seem very similar to those of the Galaxy Tab S6. With a tablet this big, taking photos is not easy or convenient. You’ll be able to use these cameras from time to time but be prepared for average quality shots. The selfie camera is the person who will be used most regularly. I used it for video calling and found it to be good for that purpose.
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is powerful enough to run most games available in the market, its size isn’t all the time convenient. Informal games that have fewer controls were easier to administer on this big tablet. Among Us and Asphalt 9 ran without any issues. The battery did not drain significantly, and the tablet didn’t get too warm to the touch either.
I ran the AnTuTu benchmark, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ managed to score 5,68,663. In PCMark Work 2.0, it managed 12,552 points. It also handled graphics benchmarks polite, and managed to reach 8,300 in 3DMark Sling Shot. In GFXBench’s Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 scenes, it managed to score 25fps and 43fps respectively.
As for battery life, the Galaxy Tab S7+ managed 9 hours and 46 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is lower than its predecessor’s score. This could be as a result of the bigger display and the faster processor. Since a tablet isn’t used as constantly as a smartphone, you must get good battery life out of the Galaxy Tab S7+. I only needed to charge it once each 4-5 days. Samsung ships a 15W charger in the box which is a little surprising considering that even some of its budget phones ship with more powerful ones. This charger is slightly slow . It charged the tablet to 17 percent in 30 minutes and 32 percent in an hour. Charging the mammoth 10,090mAh battery took around 3 hours.
In case you are searching for a flagship-grade Android tablet your options are relatively limited. Samsung is likely one of the very few manufacturers still pushing out premium tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ is pretty much the most productive that this company has to offer. The big Super AMOLED display and the quad-speaker arrangement make it an excellent device to consume satisfied on. While the size of the Galaxy Tab S7+ could make it difficult to game on, it packs the hardware to run anything you throw at it.
Then again, in case you are open to switching operating systems, you need to check out the new iPad Air. This iPad is powered by the new Apple A14 Bionic SoC and it is possible for you to to receive an LTE variant of the iPad Air for kind of the same price as the Galaxy Tab S7+.