If you’ve been yearning for a 5G-compatible tablet, Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab may do the trick when it launches later this month.
Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ at Wednesday’s Galaxy Unpacked event. The follow-up to 2019’s Tab S6 has larger displays on both models and S Pen features similar to the Note 20 phone that was also announced at Unpacked. Depending on your mobile carrier, you can even connect it to 5G networks, which is perhaps the standout feature here. Samsung is calling it the first tablet to support 5G in the United States, and it’s out on August 21st.
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Both models of the Tab S7 go up from the 10.5-inch display on the S6, with an 11-inch display on the S7 and a 12.4-inch AMOLED display on the S7+. You also get 120Hz refresh rates on both, so browsing the web, watching high frame rate video, or playing video games will feel as smooth as expected. More importantly, it brings it in line with the refresh rate on the iPad Pro, which is probably the Galaxy Tab S7’s closest competitor.
Naturally, you can still use the S Pen for art on the Tab S7 or the separately sold keyboard for productivity. A nice bonus is Samsung using the “Auto Hotspot” feature, which can automatically Wi-Fi the S7 to Galaxy devices around you when they’re connected to 5G.
We still don’t know how the Galaxy Tab S7 model stacks up to the iPad Pro, but Samsung can at least say that its tablet is cheaper than Apple’s. The regular S7 will be $649.99 and the S7+ $849.99 at launch. Cheapest current iPad Pro starts(opens in a new tab) $799.99 for reference and the more expensive 12.9-inch model is $999.99. There are Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze color options for both the S7 and S7+.
If Samsung can give users anything close to the level of performance you get in the iPad Pro with decent 5G support, the Galaxy Tab S7 could be something to look out for.