With the introduction of the Galaxy TabPRO series earlier this year, you might expect the older Galaxy Tab line to continue to occupy the lower end of the market. And you'd be right: the Galaxy Tab 4 (or, stylized, Tab4) devices roughly follow in the footsteps of the Tab 3 hardware with 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch varieties. And yes, they still have physical navigation buttons.
All three Tab4 models will be offered in WiFi, 3G, and LTE flavors, though the mobile versions probably won't make it to America any time soon. They also share a few common specs, including an identical 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, a 1280x800 screen for all three models (an improvement over the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0's 1024x600 screen), 1.5GB of RAM, 3MP rear cameras, MicroSD card slots, and Samsung's TouchWiz-touched version of Android 4.4. That's actually pretty good, considering that these are down-market tablets and a new version of Android isn't expected for a few months at least. According to the specification sheets, Samsung has dropped the infrared remote feature.
Styling follows the company line established with the Galaxy Note 3, with a faux leather grain (oddly missing the fake stitches) and a squared-off camera on the back of the devices. There's a more pronounced bezel than there was before, with the back casing taking up more space and eliminating the plastic "ring" around the edge from earlier Samsung designs. Note the placement of the Recents and Back buttons and the user interface elements, which borrow from the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Tab4 10.1's processor is presumably the same model as the one found in the 8.0 and 7.0, which probably means that Samsung has moved away from Intel for the latest generation. Storage is 16GB, and you can expand it up to 64GB with a MicroSD card. Its battery is 6,800mAh, the same as last year's model. Ditto for the Tab4 8.0: its 16GB storage and 4,450mAh battery are unchanged. The bottom barrel 7-inch tablet gets 8 or 16GB of storage, but strangely only the LTE model's MicroSD card slot is expandable up to 64GB. WiFi and 3G users have to make do with 32GB. Samsung isn't interested in telling us the battery capacity of the Tab4 7.0.
Considering the company's marketing muscle and retail presence, these will be some of the best-selling Android tablets this year, for better or worse. Of the three, the Galaxy Tab4 7.0 probably earns the "most improved" award thanks to the higher-res screen (with the 10.1 getting a mark of shame for having the same screen four generations in a row), and it's nice to see Samsung finally releasing current software even on budget hardware. The new Galaxy Tabs will go on sale sometime in the second quarter for undisclosed prices.
April 1, 2014
Next-generation Galaxy tablet series delivers exceptional multimedia experience for the whole family in a sleek, lightweight desig
Inspiring Mobile Freedom in Your Life
• Perfect for all ages, Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Tab4 line offers an exceptional multimedia experience in
a more premium and portable design, making it ideal for viewing or sharing content with friends and family.
Rich Multimedia Experience
• Available in 10.1-inch, 8.0-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes, the Galaxy Tab4’s vivid WXGA display with a 16:10 screen
ratio provides users with a brilliant viewing experience while watching videos, playing games, or reading digital contents.
• With Multi Window functionality, users are able to seamlessly switch between apps and windows, as well as drag and
drop contents with ease.
Fun & Shareable Services*
• The new Galaxy Tab4 line is perfect for the whole family as it comes equipped with a number of fun and shareable
services allowing users to access content and stay connected with friends wherever they are, including:
o Group Play: Share and play music, documents and games with friends in realtime
o Samsung Link: Share and play content across smart devices anytime, anywhere
o WatchON: Watch TV shows and movies on any device, anywhere in your home or on the go.
* Availability of features and functions listed above may be differed by device type or regions.
Not all services will be provided. Please check product specification sheet for each product for details.
Sleek & Portable Designs
• The Galaxy Tab4 line all feature a textured, premium look and feel back cover.
• With a slim design and weights, the Galaxy Tab4 10.1-inch, 8-inch and 7-inch models provide maximum portability
while still allowing users to enjoy beautiful screens.