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8.5/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • Very thin and portable
  • Fast performance

What's bad

  • Pricey
  • Android tablet support is so-so

Samsung set their sights on bumping Apple's iPad off the radar when it comes to the best tablet on the market with a stylus. But Android has yet to truly compete with Apple's tablets in terms of user experience or performance. Does Samsung's latest attempt succeed in making a top-tier Android tablet a compelling value?

Design

It’s hard not to be impressed by the design on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. It’s thin, has metal bands around the outside edge, and it comes in three different colors: mystic black, mystic silver, and mystic bronze. There’s a thin glass strip on the back of the tablet meant for magnetically attaching the stylus as well as wirelessly charging it.

Display

The display is without rival. It’s everything Samsung is known for, offering plenty of detail, and good color. While it’s smaller than it’s big brother -- the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus -- it doesn’t lose any footing. It also keeps the 120Hz refresh rate for silky smooth movement.

Performance

Aided by the 120Hz refresh rate, the tablet performs flawlessly, seamlessly transitioning between apps and handling the latest games with ease. Multitasking is a breeze and doesn’t seem to slow down the already snappy processing speed.

Software & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 runs Android 10 with a likely update to Android 11. Storage comes in a couple of different varieties -- 128GB and 256GB -- but if that’s not enough it supports MicroSD cards for affordable expansion..

Cameras

The Galaxy Tab S7 features the same camera as the larger Tab S7 Plus, including a 13MP rear main lens paired with a 5MP wide-angle lens which should accommodate those who take pictures with their tablets just fine.

It’s still not going to keep up with the latest top-tier phones. But no tablets can right now. Camera quality simply isn’t a focus for most tablet makers in 2020.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7’s 8000mAh battery clocked in with around 8 to 10 hours worth of mixed use for most reviewers. Unless you’re planning to use it for all-day work or gaming, it should last a day on a charge without concern.

Audio

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, as well as the Tab S7 Plus, have four speakers on the back of the tablet. Reviewers found the audio experience great for watching media or playing games. You’ll want to own a pair of Bluetooth headphones or pick up USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapters though for private listening, as the S7 does not have a headphone jack.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass and metal chassis
  • 11-inch LED display
  • Octa-core 3 GHz Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128/256 GB of storage
  • 13MP front-facing camera, 8MP selfie lens
  • 8,000mAh battery
  • S Pen Stylus

Bottom Line

Samsung does its level best to rival the Apple iPad Pro. In some areas, it’s almost a success. While it may not be the perfect iPad replacement, it is a very nice tablet with lots of redeeming features.

Tech Radar states, “Opting for an iPad Pro will mean you have to spend more on buying an Apple Pencil. Not everyone needs a stylus with their tablet, but if you want one you'll get one included in the price of the Tab S7”

Tom’s Guide says, “While the Tab S7 looks like it will offer speedy performance and a brilliant display, it's just as important that it delivers great battery life, too. The Galaxy Tab S6 only lasted 8 hours and 58 minutes on a single charge, and we hope the Galaxy Tab S7 will enter the double-digits club when it comes to how many hours it will last.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3 GHz
Screen Size
11"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


LaptopMedia

 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7’s display is a touchscreen, and has a WQXGA resolution, delivering a crispy image. Its viewing angles are great, its backlight doesn’t flicker and it covers 90% of the DCI-P3 gamut. Interestingly, the 120Hz refresh rate doesn’t correlate with the pixel response times, which ar...

- Alex Iliev, Kroum Nikolov, LaptopMedia
Tom's Guide

Samsung's been trying to make the Galaxy Tab S-series slates a big deal for a while, and if its recent Tab S6 Lite was the company's first true home run, the Tab S7 is another homer with a couple of runners on base. From its excellent bright and sharp screen to its top-tier design, this is a tablet...

- Henry T. Casey, Tom's Guide
XDA Developers

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is one of the best tablets that team Android has on offer. It's the perfect choice for anyone looking for a portable media consumption device. However, Samsung still needs to work on the software to make it a great laptop replacement.

- Pranob Mehrotra, XDA Developers
Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is an attractive Android tablet that is able to give the rest of the high-end, but still somewhat economic, competition a run for its money. Besides the great speakers, fast UFS storage and the powerful Qualcomm SoC, we also liked the included S Pen and the functionality it...

- Marcus Herbrich, Notebookcheck
Pocketnow

 If you want an Android tablet for reading, browsing, media consumption, and occasional office work, go get it! The Galaxy Tab S7 is a champ. However, if your priority is to get a secondary device primarily for office work I’d suggest you look at the iPad.

- Prakhar Khanna, Pocketnow


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Screen Size
11"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7's screen size is 11 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
8000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 8000 mAh battery.

Galaxy Tab S7 Specs

Overview
Release date September 18, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
variations
Networks
LTE
5G
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
variations
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 8000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.38 x 16.53 x 0.63 cm (10 x 6.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 502 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 274 pixels
Size 11 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (5 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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