When it comes to IT devices or anything else, we all know that options are invariably good. If a laptop notebook PC is all you need to get projects completed, for example, that’s great. However, if your work environment suddenly changes, the laptop may not be optimal after all--in fact, it might become a problem if it turns out you don’t have a place to set it down to work on it and a deadline is looming.
What is especially cool about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which will come out this fall (date is TBD) is that a user has options from which to choose on the fly when working on it. It’s a personal computer that adjusts to your situation, rather than the user having to adjust to the device’s capability.
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Because it is a tablet with an attachable, magnetized, full-size keyboard, it can be deployed as if it were a regular laptop or a Microsoft Surface. If and when you suddenly need to hand-hold the device, you can detach the keyboard, and you’re left with a tablet that’s almost as powerful as a standard laptop.
This versatility is especially apparent when you’re on a plane (although that’s not standard in these days of COVID-19). The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is much more useful than a laptop when you’re riding in coach, for example, because you can lose the keyboard and still get a lot of work done just using the tablet form. Even a small 12-inch or 13-inch laptop can be awkward to use on those little folding tables, but the Galaxy 7 Tab fits well into the space and allows more room for your hands.
With a larger, sharper display than its Tab 6 predecessor, a newly engineered S Pen, a larger Type Cover keyboard and 5G functionality, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is clearly a major upgrade over its last-generation relative. But all this great functionality comes at a cost, since the device will be priced at $849.
First impressions of the Tab S7 Plus
Out of the box, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus just feels good in your hands; at 1.1 lbs., it’s not too heavy as if to become a weighty problem if you need to hand-hold it for an extended period of time. The touch screen is responsive and accurate, and the display itself is crisp and colors jump out. The device just works well; even though the previous edition, the Tab 6, also was an excellent device, Samsung simply found a way to improve even upon that highly respected tablet. Personally, though I’ve always liked iPads, I find the Galaxies to be just as user-friendly and efficient--if not more efficient in some areas--than Apple’s competitor.
- Relatively lightweight at 1.1 lbs.for a tablet with a lot of power
- Exemplary 12.4-inch, 120Hz OLED display
- Camera on long side (top) of display, better for horizontal images
- Full-scale support (low-band and millimeter-wave) for 5G connectivity
- Upgraded S Pen (included)
- Upgraded, full-size Type Cover keyboard (extra cost)
- Wireless headphones only (not included); no headphone jack included
- Relatively expensive at $849
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Specifications
- Power plant: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chip, 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB SSD
- Display: 12.4-inch, 2800 x 1752-pixel screen
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
An analyst's take
Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy: "It's a two-horse race in premium tablets, Samsung and Apple. I believe the S7 and S7+ distinguish themselves over the iPad in display quality and productivity through DeX and display capabilities."
We only had use of the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus for a little more than a week, so we didn’t have the opportunity to do some of the longer-term checks we usually do (take the device on the road, checkout connectivity in different remote situations, take it on a plane, etc.). But the device endeared itself to me immediately. Sometimes you just know a device is going to serve you well, right off the bat. That’s the way I encountered the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus; I just know the longer I have it, the more functionality and features I’m going to discover and use on a regular basis.
Often when you get a new device, you find the bare-necessity functionality you need to get the job done; you find the shortcuts you need to save time and effort, and then off you go on the job, leaving good apps on the table unused. On this tablet, I would enjoy investing more time to see what it really can do.
Bottom line is this: Next time I take a business trip, I’d take this along and leave the laptop home. The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has worked its way onto the first team the way a good and versatile athlete works his/her way into the starting lineup.
eWEEK is planning to do a more extensive and detailed review of this product when it becomes available for general purchase this fall.