Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 review – the iPad Pro has competition, finally

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7Rounak Jain / Business Insider India
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the latest Android tablet from the Korean tech giant.
  • Announced in August, the Galaxy Tab S7 strikes a great balance between price, performance, and features, which makes it one of the closest competitors of the iPad Pro.
  • All in all, the Galaxy Tab S7 delivers a premium tablet experience.
  • Check out the latest news and updates on Business Insider.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the latest Android tablet from the Korean tech giant. In a market dominated by Apple’s iPad, the Galaxy Tab S7 is perhaps the best foot forward by Samsung. This premium Android tablet combines the best of Android and Samsung’s own software to take on the iPad Pro.

But how does it fare in real life? I’ve been using the Galaxy Tab S7 for a couple of weeks now, and here’s my take on it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 price in India starts at ₹55,999 for the Wi-Fi version and ₹63,999 for the Wi-Fi + 4G version. It comes in black, bronze, and silver colour options.
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I tested the Wi-Fi + 4G version.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 specs – here’s what you get

ParticularsSpecs
Display11-inch WQXGA, 120Hz
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Memory6GB
Storage128GB
SoftwareAndroid 10 with One UI
CamerasRear: 13MP + 5MP
Front: 8MP
Battery8,000mAh

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 design – simple and sturdy

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

Samsung has kept things simple with the design of the Galaxy Tab S7. It comes in a full metal build with a brushed aluminum feel. For an 11-inch tablet, it feels sturdy in the hands and weighs 500 grams.

The bezels are slim enough to get out of your way and wide enough to allow you to hold the tablet properly. The bundled S Pen attaches itself on the back, just below the camera module. The branding is minimal, which ensures the design is distraction-free.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 display – buttery smooth and vivid
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy Tab S7 features an 11-inch TFT display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. This high refresh rate ensures that the user experience is buttery smooth, especially when it comes to scrolling and animations. It adds a lot of value to the overall user experience.

Apart from that, I found the display to be bright and vivid enough. The viewing angles are excellent, so whether you want to watch videos, read a book, or use productivity apps, the user experience is good.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 performance – as fast as it gets

The Galaxy Tab S7 is powered by the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865+. This is paired with 6GB memory and 128GB storage. It runs on Android 10 with Samsung’s custom skin – One UI – on top.
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The pure specs don’t matter if the user experience isn’t good. Android tablets have usually been underwhelming due to a bad combination of hardware and software.

However, Samsung has been working on improving its Android tablets for a long time now. It has refined its custom skin to a great extent, surpassing almost every other company out there.

The result – the Galaxy Tab S7 is Samsung’s finest tablet yet, rivaling the iPad Pro in many areas. From software optimized for the tablet experience to enhanced productivity thanks to DeX, Samsung has come a long way.
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DeX is a feature that offers a desktop-like experience, including running applications in separate windows simultaneously. You can connect a keyboard via the dock or Bluetooth to convert the Galaxy Tab S7 into a mini laptop of sorts to enhance your productivity.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 accessories – S Pen and keyboard dock
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 keyboardRounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy Tab S7 comes with the S Pen bundled in the box. Samsung has improved the sensitivity and performance this time. In real-world usage, the S Pen proved to be very useful for taking notes quickly. It also supports air gestures, but it takes some effort to get them right.

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Additionally, you can also purchase the keyboard dock separately. It comes with a full QWERTY layout and also has a touchpad. It can be useful if you have to type a lot.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Tab S7 is Samsung’s finest tablet so far. Samsung has combined the best hardware available right now with Android and its own custom skin – together, it makes for great user experience.

Its compact size and good build quality make for a great media consumption device that can also be used for reading and some occasional office work.
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