In the present day, Samsung is unveiling the successor to its well-rounded but costly Galaxy Tab S3 from final 12 months. The brand new Galaxy Tab S4 improves upon final 12 months’s slab in practically each means, and it must be extra versatile for customers due to included Samsung Dex software program. Confined to equipment till now, Samsung Dex software program lets customers join a Samsung cellular system to a monitor after which use the system as a pseudo-desktop.

The primary Dex dock got here out over a 12 months in the past and was designed for use with Samsung smartphones. Customers may plug their system into the dock, join it to a monitor, pair a keyboard and a mouse, and use the setup as they’d a full desktop PC. The system ran a model of Android that Samsung modified to raised go well with a desktop UI, which included a lock display screen and a job bar space with app icons. Dex on the Galaxy Tab S4 works similar to this, with a few further options that leverage the ability of a pill.

When related to a monitor, each the massive display screen and the pill’s display screen can be utilized concurrently. In a brief demo, Samsung confirmed how the system helps as much as 20 open home windows without delay and the way options like cut up display screen and drag-and-drop can be utilized simply as they’d on a desktop PC. Customers can launch Dex when not related to a monitor as nicely, and that produces the identical modified Android UI on the pill’s 10.5-inch, 2560×1600 Tremendous AMOLED show.

Samsung claims customers can launch any Android app whereas utilizing Dex, nevertheless it’s unclear what number of are actually Dex-optimized to suit a bigger display screen and make use a keyboard shortcuts. Large gamers together with Google, Adobe, and Microsoft signed as much as assist Dex again when then software program was nonetheless new, and extra builders have been optimizing their Android apps for Chrome OS units as Google’s browser-based working system has gained recognition. Undoubtedly, extra Android apps can be utilized comfortably on desktop-sized screens than when Dex initially launched.

Along with Dex, the Tab S4 helps signature Samsung options like Air Command, translate, off-screen memos, and stay message. Initially confined to Galaxy Observe units, stay message lets customers create gifs of themselves and embellish them with pen drawings earlier than sending them in a message to family and friends. Samsung redesigned the S Pen that accompanies the Tab S4 to be simpler to carry in your hand and extra like a standard pencil, however even with these modifications it nonetheless would not require charging. We’ll have to check it additional to find out how significantly better it’s than the earlier stylus.

The Tab S4 is barely larger than the Tab S3 with its 10.5-inch show, and it runs on a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of reminiscence, and as much as 64GB of inside storage with area for as much as 400GB with using a microSD card. It has a 13MP rear digital camera and an 8MP front-facing digital camera whereas supporting 4K video recording at 30fps, and inside are 4 audio system tuned by AKG.

Samsung added a whole lot of heft to the Tab S4’s battery—the corporate claims the 7,300mAh battery can assist as much as 16 hours of video playback. On paper, it is a strong enchancment from the Tab S3’s 6,000mAh battery so we’re to place it via our battery exams to see if Samsung’s estimations maintain up.

The Galaxy title is synonymous with Android, however the determination to make yet one more Android pill is a curious one. Android tablets are being left within the mud as Chrome OS infiltrates the pill scene. It is potential that Samsung will think about making a Chrome OS pill sooner or later—however the Galaxy Tab S4 helps Android and Android solely, in contrast to the corporate’s Galaxy Ebook of yesteryear that got here in Android and Home windows varieties.

The Galaxy Tab S4 can be accessible beginning August 10 beginning at $649 for the Wi-Fi model. Samsung may also promote an LTE model of the pill via Verzion, however beginning worth for that mannequin hasn’t been disclosed but. The Ebook Cowl Keyboard for the Tab S4 prices $149.

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