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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Tab range has been the most popular alternative to Apple's iPad, so a new version of these tablets should be a big deal, right?
Well, not in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 range. These latest iterations of the Tab add very little except a software upgrade, so these tablets run Android 4.4 out-of-the-box, and they are a fair bit lighter too. Everything else is roughly comparable to the Tab 3.. so if you already have a Tab 3 then there's little point in upgrading.
In technical terms, the Tab4 range falls well below the range of the latest iPads, and well below the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO range too. And this perhaps is the clue as to what Samsung are doing, repositioning the Tab4 as a midrange device while leaving the NotePRO at the high end.
Apart from their screen sizes, these three tablets are very similar. The Galaxy Tab4 7.0 has a 7.0" 800 x 1280 pixel display, a 3 megapixel main camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing one, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 1.5Gb of RAM plus 8 or 16GB of flash memory plus a microSD slot. The Tab4 7.0 is available in 3G or LTE configurations and will have all the usual Android tablet features.
One step larger, the Galaxy Tab4 8.0 increases the screen size to 8.0", it comes with 16GB of flash storage and LTE support as standard, and all the other features are the same. In fact, the 8.0" loses the 5 megapixel camera of the previous version and has a 3 megapixel one instead.
The biggest tablet is the Galaxy Tab4 10.1 with a 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixel display and the rest of the features are identical to the 8.0" version. For a full-sized tablet you might think that a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1.5Gb of RAM is a bit underpowered, and that full HD would have been nice.. and we would be certainly agree with you.
The 7.0" and 10.1" devices are about 20 grams lighter than their predecessors, the 8.0" is a little heavier, and they retain the same slabby styling as before. It's hard to make the Tab4 range sound exciting, because basically it is rather dull.
Despite the lukewarm specifications, the Galaxy Tab4 is likely to have one key advantage over the Apple alternative.. the price. The current 10.1" version is half the price of the iPad Air and we'd expect the Tab4 to be about the same. This then is perhaps the real reason why the Tab4 might be worth considering.
Samsung say that the Tab4 range should be available sometime during Q2 2014.
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