Android tablets aren’t as popular as they once were, but Samsung still makes some of the best ones about, and so we have high hopes for the Galaxy Tab S7 – expected to arrive some time later this year.
Here’s what we know so far about Samsung’s next flagship tablet.
When is the Galaxy Tab S7 release date?
Last year we saw the Galaxy Tab S5e announced in February, followed by the Galaxy Tab S6 in July – though oddly there was never any standard Tab S5 model.
Samsung’s Unpacked event on 11 February had no tablet news, but it unveiled the Galaxy S20 range, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Buds+. Then April brought us the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (not S6e), which is both cheaper and lower-specced than the Tab S5e.
All of this makes Samsung’s tablet release cycle pretty tricky to predict, so we’re not certain if or when the Tab S7 will arrive.
The best bet right now though is that it will arrive in August alongside the expected Galaxy Note 20 phones and the Galaxy Fold 2 – a theory bolstered by a leak from the usually reliably tipster IceUniverse claiming a 5 August launch for the new Galaxy range.
What will the Galaxy Tab S7 cost?
Let’s assume Samsung will indeed launch a Tab S7e and flagship Tab S7. The former should be priced around the £399 mark, or maybe £379 if the firm keeps the price the same as the S5e.
The top-tier Tab S7 is more likely to come in at over £600 since it will rival the iPad Pro. It’ll be £619 if Samsung keeps the Tab S6 price or, we think, £649 if the price does go up.
What Tab S7 models will there be?
It’s an interesting question given Samsung’s recently muddled strategy of generations and the introduction of the ‘e’ model.
It certainly looks like there will be a regular Tab S7, rather than just going with a lone Tab S7e as Samsung did with the Tab S5e.
However, there are next to no rumours about a budget Tab S7e, but there are leaks for a supposed Galaxy Tab S7 Plus model. This would have a 12.4in screen as a larger option. This means it will rival the 12.9in iPad Pro and could be a savvy move with very little competition at this size in the Android world.
What about the Tab S7 specs and design?
In terms of design, we don’t expect Samsung to change much. The Tab S5e and Tab S6 share a very similar design that looks great and works well so we see no need for it to be changed.
If so we’ll be looking at a sleek metal chassis (the glass on the Tab S4 wasn’t ideal to say the least) which is very slim and light. There will likely be the same set of four speakers and a USB-C port. We would, of course, like a headphone jack, but Samsung seems to have left this behind.
Going by the S5e and S6, Samsung is likely to only offer the S Pen stylus with the flagship Tab S7 and Plus, rather than the S7e if there is one. This could well attach to the back with magnets like the Tab S6, but we’d like to see it improved with a more secure fit.
The first decent leaked images (well renders) via Onleaks for Pigtou show exactly that, a very similar design to previous models with similar dimensions (253.7 x 165.3 x 6.3mm). It appears to complete with the indent for the S Pen on the back, but we’re not so keen on the size of the camera bump.
While a camera bump might be fairly normal on a phone, it’s more of an issue for a tablet as it will wobble badly when places on a flat surface such as a desk. The better news is that the front camera appears to be places on the longer side of the tablet so it’s above the screen when in landscape mode. This, as we pointed out in our Tab S5e review, will be much better for video calls.
This more dodgy looking leak below shows a different screen including a punch-hole camera, probably still at 10.5in or maybe 11in with Super AMOLED tech. This does seem possible though, since so many Samsung phones have this feature where the camera is surrounded by the display.
The above leak on the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus suggests that it, and the regular model, will have a 120Hz refresh rate with 9800mAh and 7760mAh batteries, respectively.
We can also expect a new processor in the Tab S7 model(s) but we don’t think the memory and storage will change much as Samsung is already quite generous with it. We think the Tab S7e should get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chip – probably the 765 or 765G – while the flagship should get the Snapdragon 865.
Other specs aren’t likely to change a huge amount, such as Wi-Fi 11ac (maybe we’ll get Wi-Fi 6 11ax), Bluetooth 5.0 and an 8Mp front camera. We think the rear camera will stick at 13Mp and the Tab S7 could also have a secondary sensor like the Tab S6. The render above shows three but we’re not convinced that Samsung will go this far on a tablet.
The difference between the S7e and S7, if that’s what Samsung does, will be a focus on productivity for the top-tier model. As previously, Samsung should offer a keyboard case and will be highlighting the benefit of its DeX software, which essentially lets you use the tablet like Windows only running on Android.