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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Review: Can It Replace Your Laptop?


Google has lengthy given up on making its personal Android tablets and has kind of left it as much as its OEM companions to hold on the torch. Samsung continues to be probably the most lively in launching new Android tablets yearly, particularly in India. Its newest launch is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which similar to the FE line of telephones, is designed to supply a lot of the premium options of the Tab S7 sequence however at a extra inexpensive value.

We reviewed the top-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ late final yr, and it was quite glorious but additionally very expensive. Is the brand new FE mannequin a worthy funds various? Let’s discover out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE value and variants

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE value in India begins at Rs. 46,999 for the bottom variant, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The second variant prices Rs. 50,999 and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Both variants function LTE (4G) connectivity for knowledge and calls, and assist expandable storage utilizing a microSD card of as much as 1TB.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE design

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE appears to be like just like its pricier siblings, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+, which is to say the design is closely “inspired” by Apple’s iPad Pro line of tablets. The all-metal physique feels extremely premium and you may get this system in a number of colors, together with Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Green and Mystic Pink, just like the brand new iPad Air. Samsung despatched me a Mystic Black unit, which seemed extra gunmetal than jet black, however I believe it appears to be like very good and would not appeal to a number of smudges or fingerprints. At round 608g, it’s comparatively heavy making it powerful to carry and use for lengthy stretches of time.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has glorious construct high quality and appears fairly trendy

 

Along the flattened sides, you may discover all of the buttons, ports and connectors. There are additionally uncovered antenna bands alongside the sides of the pill for LTE reception. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE lacks a headphone jack, which is the very first thing I observed upon inspecting it. I do know it is trendy to take away this from smartphones as of late however with a pill this measurement, it ought to have been included. On the best (or the highest, in the event you’re it horizontally), we have now the facility and quantity buttons at one finish and a SIM tray on the different. The latter can maintain one Nano-SIM and a microSD card.

You get two AKG-tuned audio system positioned in a method that they provide correct left-right stereo sound when the pill is utilized in panorama orientation. This is 2 audio system fewer than what you get with the costlier Tab S7 fashions, however Dolby Atmos remains to be supported. There’s a USB Type-C port on the underside, and phone pins and grooves on the left for docking the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE with an optionally available keyboard case.

The show measures 12.4 inches diagonally with a 16:10 side ratio, similar to the Galaxy Tab S7+. However, the decision is a bit decrease at 2,560×1,600 pixels and it is a LCD panel as an alternative of AMOLED. The refresh charge can also be a typical 60Hz, which is a bit disappointing. The panel nonetheless will get loads brilliant, distinction is superb, and HDR movies play simply effective. The bezels across the show are evenly thick with rounded corners, and this gives a very good place to relaxation your thumb when holding the pill.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has a large 10,090mAh battery

 

The entrance digicam is positioned such that it sits above the show when in panorama mode, quite than the portrait orientation on all iPads. Samsung hasn’t supplied any fingerprint sensor within the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which I believe was an enormous mistake, however we’ll get to that later.

The again of the pill is fairly nondescript apart from a small digicam bump in a single nook. The included S-Pen is bigger than those that include Galaxy Note smartphones. It has a flattened aspect that helps you align it magnetically with both the again of the pill, close to the digicam module, or the best aspect, slightly below the quantity button. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE ships with an S Pen stylus, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, and a 15W charger.

Samsung additionally despatched me the optionally available Book Cover Keyboard case, which may be bought individually for Rs. 14,999.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE specs and software program

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC. Phones that we have reviewed with this similar SoC assist 5G, however this pill solely works on 4G (LTE) mobile networks. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE can be utilized to make cellular telephone calls too. Other connectivity options embrace dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and all of the anticipated sensors and satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE contains a 10,090mAh battery and quick cost assist of as much as 45W, though you may want to purchase a 45W charger individually.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE ships with the S Pen within the field

 

The pill runs Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 which relies on Android 11. The expertise and options are what you possibly can anticipate from any current Galaxy smartphone, simply supersized for the large display. The normal interface permits you to divulge heart’s contents to three apps without delay in split-screen mode however the process for it is a bit convoluted. After you have launched the primary app, you may must open the opposite two by way of the Edge Panel, a floating carousel of shortcuts. You’ll must manually populate this floating tray with the apps you want, and you’ll even arrange mixtures of apps you want to open collectively. It works properly, however the preliminary setup is usually a chore.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Book Cover Keyboard, S Pen and Dex

If you have determined to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE or any of its siblings within the S7 sequence, then you probably need to do extra with it than merely watch films or surf the online. Let’s begin with the S Pen, which comes bundled with the pill. It feels properly constructed, and robotically prices when it is magnetically connected to the pill.

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The S Pen works as you’d anticipate it to and may be connected to the again or aspect of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

 

The S Pen works as you’d anticipate it to. You can take notes, have your written textual content instantly transformed into typed textual content, and use it in just about anywhere that has a textual content enter discipline. A fast press of the button on the S Pen brings up all of your pen-friendly apps and shortcuts. Samsung has included a limited-time membership to some premium inventive apps similar to Clip Studio Paint and Canva Pro, together with some good note-taking apps similar to Noteshelf and Samsung Notes.

I’m not a lot of an artist so I did not use the S Pen to sketch a complete lot, however I did discover myself utilizing it to take down notes throughout Zoom conferences. The massive show makes it simple to have a video name on one half of the display and your notes app opened on the opposite.

The keyboard case is a bit costly however you may get it at a reduction in the event you purchase it with the pill. It has a matte black plastic physique with a flap on one aspect that attaches magnetically to the higher half of the pill. When folded, the quilt gives respectable safety for the show and is held in place with magnets, so it does’t flop open when carrying the system round. There’s even a slot within the hinge for the S Pen, which is neat.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE sits at a 60 diploma angle when it is docked to the keyboard, which was snug for my utilization. The keys themselves are clicky (even a bit noisy to an extent), properly spaced, and really snug to kind on.

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The Book Cover Keyboard case is definitely worth the funding if you may be utilizing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE for work too

 

Since Samsung had despatched me the Book Cover Keyboard case too, I made a decision to attempt to swap my every day driver laptop computer for this pill for a couple of days to see if it will probably really exchange a correct laptop computer. My typical day entails writing, modifying photographs for the articles I publish, and naturally e mail, Slack, and common Web browsing. It wasn’t the simplest to make use of on my lap, for the reason that complete contraption will get a bit top-heavy, however on a desk or the sofa, I had no points.

There are few obtrusive shortcomings with this keyboard cowl, that are value addressing. Firstly, the keys usually are not backlit, and the letters do not glow at midnight both, which suggests utilizing it beneath dim lighting is difficult. Secondly, there is not any trackpad which suggests you may want to achieve for the show from time to time, both to resize a window in Dex mode, or choose a textual content field to start typing.

The keyboard case for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Tab+ had a trackpad, so it is puzzling why Samsung designed a unique one and left this out for the Tab S7 FE. Lastly, one factor that basically aggravated me was that so as to use the shortcuts on the operate keys for quantity, brightness, Dex, and many others, it’s worthwhile to press the Fn button first. I might have appreciated it to be the opposite method round, or a minimum of have the choice of selecting the default set off for the operate buttons.

Coming again to my work routine, I used to be fairly pleased with the laptop-like expertise that I obtained out of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE when in Dex mode. There’s a really feel of Windows or macOS to the way in which the whole lot is laid out. You get a taskbar on the backside of the display, to which you’ll be able to pin your favorite apps, a desktop with shortcuts to apps, and a system tray within the backside proper for the time, notifications, and many others. My USB Type-C hub was recognised correctly, and by way of the My Files app, I used to be in a position to copy recordsdata to and from pen drives, copy photographs from my digicam’s SD card to the pill, and even use exterior gadgets similar to a wi-fi mouse.

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A USB Type-C hub is a should in the event you want to simply join all of your peripherals to the pill

 

Even although I used to be in a position to get the Samsung Galaxy S7 FE to behave considerably like a laptop computer, I needed to adapt my workflow round Android’s limitations. I used to be in a position to entry all my work instruments with out a problem since all of them run in a browser, however little issues similar to modifying photographs in Photoshop Express is simply not the identical as utilizing the full-blown desktop app. Finding a workaround for the apps I’m used to utilizing on the desktop did sluggish me down, and I did discover myself reaching for my laptop computer for time-sensitive work.

Having stated that, I nonetheless assume Samsung Dex is the closest you may get to reaching a desktop-like expertise on an Android pill. It opens any app in a window, and most of them are resizable. You can ‘snap’ a window to suit one half of the show and select one other open app for the opposite half, and so forth.

However, there are some limitations too and most of those are to do with the way in which Android is constructed. For occasion, when you can have a number of apps open without delay in a number of home windows, whenever you return to an app that was opened beforehand, it is going to usually “relaunch” throughout the similar window. Then there’s the difficulty of some apps’ full lack of ability to adapt to a big show. Slack, for example, is horrible to make use of on an Android pill. Also, whenever you exit Dex mode and are available again to it, there is not any assure that each one your apps will nonetheless be within the state you left them in.

Dex is additionally nonetheless a bit tough across the edges, for example, in the event you minimise an app, there is not any indication within the dock of what is working within the background, even when that app is pinned to the dock.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE efficiency and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE had no hassle with normal pill duties. The Qualcomm SoC was highly effective sufficient for UHD video playback and video games. Asphalt 9: Legends, Battlegrounds Mobile India, and the like ran simply effective. The pill did get a bit heat however nothing that was unmanageable. Videos seemed excellent too and I discovered myself utilizing this pill loads for watching on-demand content material.

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Games look and run nice on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

 

The one function that I actually missed is a fingerprint sensor. Face recognition is sluggish and nearly by no means works in low gentle. Plus, it’s worthwhile to be in direct line of sight with the digicam for it to work, which isn’t all the time simple in the event you’re not sitting at a desk. A capacitive fingerprint sensor within the energy button would have mounted this pointless drawback.

The LTE performance within the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is unquestionably helpful in the event you’re prepared to pay for a knowledge plan. Sure, you possibly can all the time use your cellphone as a hotspot, however seamless switching between Wi-Fi and LTE on a 4G pill ensures you are all the time linked, which is usually a life-saver in the event you’re doing delicate work that requires a dependable Internet connection.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE are serviceable. The 5-megapixel entrance digicam is greater than sufficient for video conferencing and is miles higher than your common laptop computer webcam. The 8-megapixel rear digicam is strictly common for images however is helpful in the case of scanning paperwork. An LED flash would have actually come in useful for such a use case, particularly when attempting to scan paperwork in low gentle.

Battery life was excellent. When utilizing Chrome and a little bit of Netflix with about 8-10 hours of screen-on time, I used to be in a position to get by almost one full day on a single cost. I might drain the battery faster if I performed a number of video games, however on common, I used to be fairly pleased with the quantity of runtime I obtained from the pill. I did run our HD video loop check, and it lasted for 13 hours and 47 minutes which is decrease than what I anticipated.

Charging such a big battery with the bundled 15W charger took round three hours, however it does cost faster when linked to a better wattage USB PD charger.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a feature-packed pill for the worth and can be utilized for productiveness too, in the event you purchase the optionally available Book Cover Keyboard case

 

Verdict

The 6GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which I reviewed, prices Rs. 50,999, which isn’t too dangerous contemplating it has LTE and also you get a stylus within the field. If you add the price of the Book Cover Keyboard case, the overall price is kind of equal to purchasing a 128GB iPad (8th Gen), Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. Of the 2 combos, I believe Samsung gives higher worth because of LTE assist, higher stylus performance, and a extra productive surroundings because of Dex.

Things usually are not good although. I actually missed having a fingerprint scanner because the face recognition is painfully unreliable. There was additionally no must take away the headphone jack. Finally, little issues similar to a better refresh charge show or an LED flash for the digicam would have made the utilization expertise higher.

If you’re in search of a laptop computer substitute answer for fundamental productiveness work, I believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE with the optionally available keyboard case ought to fulfill most of your wants. It’s not good and you will in all probability must adapt your workflow round Android’s limitations, however it’s nonetheless probably the most feature-rich options you may get at this value.

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