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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Review : A Complete Package!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Review : A Complete Package!

In our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, we will share with you everything you need to know about this premium tablet.

Find out why we are so impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet, that we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Flagship Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a premium tablet built around the most powerful mobile SoC available for Android devices – the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

It boasts a massive 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display, quad AKG speakers and a large 11,200 mAh battery – all packed into a compact chassis that weighs just 726 grams!

In this review, we will check out its key features, and show you why it is really the best Android tablet you can buy in 2022!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
– 2960 x 1848 pixels
– 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (Front + Back)
Armor Aluminium
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
Options
8 GB RAM + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1TB)
Front Camera 12 MP main camera, f/2.2
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera, f/2.0
6 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen Yes, 2.8 ms latency
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 11,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 45 watt wired charging
Dimensions 326.4 mm wide
208.6 mm tall
5.5 mm thick
Weight 726 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Unboxing : A Complete Package

What we really like about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablet is that it comes as a complete package.

Unlike competing tablets, it comes with an awesome keyboard cover and S Pen in the package. There is no need to pay extra for either. Everything you need is in the box. Well, almost everything.

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside the box :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Book Cover Keyboard
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra S Pen
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 documents
  • USB Type A to Type A data and power cable
  • microSD tray ejector pin

The only thing missing is the charger. The package does not include the 45 watt power adaptor. Not even a standard 15 watt Samsung charger.

But that’s how most of the brands are rolling these days, in the name of reducing digital waste, so we won’t hold it against them.

Next Page > Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Key Features

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is arguably the largest and most powerful tablet you can buy in 2022, so let’s take a closer look at its key features.

14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display

This first thing that you will notice when you see the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time, is just how large and beautiful its display really is.

That is a 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display you are looking at – larger than the display on most laptops; with a WQXGA+resolution of 2960 x 1848 pixels, and support for two fixed refresh rates :

  • High : Get smoother animations and scrolling with a 120 Hz screen refresh rate
  • Standard : Get longer battery life with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate

This large, high-resolution display allows you to fit multiple windows, and open different apps at the same time, for greater productivity.

This display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and also by the bundled Keyboard Cover when it’s not in use.

Flagship Class Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 runs on the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, which boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU, as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.7 GHz.

Those eight processor cores are paired with a powerful Qualcomm Adreno 730 graphics processor.

Performance is not only the key advantage of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Built on the latest 4 nm process technology, it also offers lower battery consumption.

We will show you just how fast it runs in the benchmarks, and how efficient it is, later in this review.

RAM + Storage Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a variety of RAM and storage options :

  • 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
  • 12 GB RAM + 256 GB / 512 GB storage
  • 16 GB RAM + 256 GB / 512 GB storage

You don’t have to worry too much about running out of storage, as it comes with a microSD card slot, allowing you to add up to 1 TB of additional storage.

Two Front Cameras

Catering to the new hybrid workspace reality today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with two cameras in the front.

Both 12 MP cameras, one has a wider f/2.2 aperture for better low-light performance, while the other supports a wider angle – to fit more people in the same photo / video call.

Two Rear Cameras

This is a really large and hefty tablet, so you wouldn’t expect photography to be a focus. However, it still comes with two cameras at the back.

The main camera has a 12 MP sensor, with a wide f/2.0 aperture for better low-light performance.

It also comes with an ultra-wide camera at the back, but oddly enough, only with a 6 MP sensor.

Next Page > S Pen, Book Cover Keyboard, Speakers, Battery

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : S Pen, Book Cover, Speakers, Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is more than just a tablet, because it comes with both an S Pen stylus, and a Book Cover Keyboard.

Ultra-Low Latency S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a new S Pen with ultra-low latency of just 2.8 milliseconds!

This is a full-size stylus that feels like a typical pen or pencil, letting you draw and doodle with up to 4,096 pressure levels!

You can also write naturally with the S Pen, and turn your handwriting into text in Samsung Notes.

The S Pen magnetically locks onto a glass strip at the back, which acts as a recharging dock. The S Pen automatically recharges whenever you place it on this glass strip.

Don’t worry about losing it with the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, because it comes with a Book Cover Keyboard that has a special cover for the S Pen!

Book Cover Keyboard

This year, Samsung included the really awesome Book Cover Keyboard with every Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.

This cover not only provides really solid protection for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it also converts it into a 2-in-1 tablet with a kickstand!

You don’t just get a full-size keyboard with the Book Cover Keyboard, you also get a large touch pad! This really gives you a laptop-like working experience.

In addition, the Book Cover Keyboard has a special S Pen cover that prevents your precious S Pen from falling and getting lost.

As I shared in my Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover Keyboard review last year, this is a must-have accessory, and I’m really glad Samsung included it as part of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra package.

 

Quad AKG-Tuned Speakers

Another premium Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra feature that Samsung does not really speak much of is the quad speaker system tuned by AKG.

They are not only powerful, they deliver really crisp sound from this tablet. They are also positioned to radiate from both sides with the Book Cover Keyboard installed.

Large Battery

To power all that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a large 11,200 mAh lithium-ion battery.

It supports 45 watt fast recharging, but as pointed out earlier – it doesn’t come with any charger, so your mileage in this sense really depends on the charger you have.

In the next section, we will show you just how long this battery lasts, and how long it takes to recharge this massive battery!

Next Page > Battery Life + Recharging Speed

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Life Comparison!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a massive 11,200 mAh battery, which is more than the size of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s battery!

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained with 60 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rates :

Astoundingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra only has a battery life of 6.5 hours with High refresh rate enabled, and a more acceptable 8 hours with the Standard refresh rate!

This is a slight improvement over last year’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. There is no doubt that its much larger 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display is a significant drain on battery life.

Let’s compare its battery life against the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile SoC.

Standard Refresh Rate (60 Hz)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra delivers the best battery life with the Standard refresh rate of 60 Hz.

The Tab S8 Ultra appears to use 9% more power than the Tab S7 Plus, but I have to point out that it has a 39% larger display.

Fortunately, the battery life deficit is “covered” by its 11% larger battery.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(60 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 14 hrs 15 mins 7 hrs 55 mins 8 hrs
3 mins
Utilisation
per min.
4.68 mAh 16.99 mAh 18.55 mAh

High Refresh Rate (120 Hz)

Switching on the High refresh rate of 120 Hz cut its battery life by 17.6% – almost 1.5 hours!

But the data shows that its larger 14.6-inch display only used 3.4% more power than the Tab S7 Plus.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(120 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 10 hrs
38 mins
6 hrs
11 mins
6 hrs
38 mins
Utilisation
per min.
6.27 mAh 21.76 mAh 22.51 mAh

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Recharging Speed!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra supports up to 45 watts of wired fast charging, but unfortunately, does not come with the charger in-the-box.

So we relied on the standard 15 watt Samsung fast charger than shipped with their previous smartphones and tablets – something we believe most users will end up doing.

Recharging Speed Tab S8 Ultra Tab S7 Plus S22 Ultra
Display Size 14.6-inch 12.4-inch 6.8-inch
Battery Capacity 11,200 mAh 10,090 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 watts 15 watts 15 watts
Battery Life 86.5 mins 86 mins 64.5 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
103.6 mAh 93.9 mAh 62.0 mAh

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra recharged faster with a standard 15 watt charger, than the Tab S7 Plus or even the Galaxy S22 Ultra!

This is really good news. It means that Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra owners need not worry too much about its recharging speed with the older 15 watt chargers.

In fact, you don’t need to splurge on a new 45 watt fast charger. The Tab S8 Ultra fully recharges its massive battery from 20% to 100% in just under 1.5 hours with the standard 15 watt Samsung charger!

Next Page > Work + Gaming Performance

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Work Performance

We first tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 3.0 Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy Tab
S7 FE
Mobile Platform SD 888 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8
Gen 1
SD 865+ SD
778G
Performance Score 13317 12860 12351 12348 9747
Web Browsing 11637 10442 9696 11864 7355
Video Editing 7762 7444 6194 7664 6028
Writing 15316 15471 14411 12659 10512
Photo Editing 25357 30177 31774 26230 22188
Data Manipulation 11938 9691 10449 9511 8505

Surprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Get 1 was slightly slower than the Snapdragon 888 used by the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the difference was just 7%, which means you won’t actually notice the difference.

For certainly, it will easily handle anything you throw at it, whether it’s just posting your latest Instagram pictures or editing a 4K video.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Gaming Performance

For gaming, we tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Galaxy
Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8
Gen 1
SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
Sling Shot Unlimited 10728 11094 9248 8793 6688
Wild Life Unlimited 9838 9106 3952
Wild Life
Extreme
Unlimited
2221 2220 1174

Look at that! The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was a head above the competition when it comes to gaming!

It was 16% to 150% faster than the Snapdragon 888, and 22% faster than the Snadragon 865+!

For certain, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will crush any game you throw at it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Overall Performance

We then tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
AnTuTu Score 950630 889167 696767 577726 508008
CPU 213689 203090 206228 161243 157465
GPU 417669 402617 242573 230859 155115
Memory 161903 146002 133586 98269 79972
UX 157369 137458 114380 87355 115456

The AnTuTu benchmark confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a veritable beast of a performer, beating even the very fast Galaxy Z Flip 3 by 36%.

Its GPU performance was, in particular, spectacular, delivering 72% better performance than the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and 81% better performance than the Galaxy Tab S7+!

Interestingly, it was 7% faster than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is likely due to better cooling – its temperature only increased by 0.3°C, whereas the S22 Ultra’s temperature spiked by over 10°C!

Next Page > Verdict + Award, Price + Availability

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Verdict + Award

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was meant to be the ultimate Samsung tablet for 2022, and it does not disappoint.

The display is a magnificently large and beautiful 14.6-inch Super AMOLED panel, which offers an expansive amount of space to play and work with.

Built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – the fastest mobile SoC that exists for Android devices – you can count on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to easily handle anything and everything you throw at it.

It also has surprisingly good battery life – delivering over 8 hours of non-stop use at 60 Hz, and over 6.5 hours at 120 Hz; despite sporting such a large display.

It also offers very good recharging speed, even using the standard 15 watt fast charger. So you don’t really need to invest in expensive 45 watt chargers.

But beyond those hardware features, what I really like is how the Samsung offer a complete experience by bundling the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with not just the S Pen, but also the Book Cover Keyboard.

The ultra-low latency S Pen gives you the premium pen-on-paper like experience working on a tablet, while the Book Cover Keyboard gives you a laptop experience. You literally have the best of both worlds in a single box!

If you want the best-possible Android tablet money can buy, you can’t do wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

In fact, we like this premium tablet so much, we are giving it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
– 2960 x 1848 pixels
– 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (Front + Back)
Armor Aluminium
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
Options
8 GB RAM + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1TB)
Front Camera 12 MP main camera, f/2.2
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera, f/2.0
6 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen Yes, 2.8 ms latency
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 11,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 45 watt wired charging
Dimensions 326.4 mm wide
208.6 mm tall
5.5 mm thick
Weight 726 grams

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Performance Review!

Take a look at the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, and find out how well this ultra-premium tablet performs!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Flagship Class Performance!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra runs on the most powerful mobile SoC available for Android devices – the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Fabricated on the latest 4nm Samsung process technology, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.

On paper, this is about as powerful as it gets in 2022, but let’s take a look at how it actually performs!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Work Performance

We first tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 3.0 Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy Tab
S7 FE
Mobile Platform SD 888 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8
Gen 1
SD 865+ SD
778G
Performance Score 13317 12860 12351 12348 9747
Web Browsing 11637 10442 9696 11864 7355
Video Editing 7762 7444 6194 7664 6028
Writing 15316 15471 14411 12659 10512
Photo Editing 25357 30177 31774 26230 22188
Data Manipulation 11938 9691 10449 9511 8505

Surprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Get 1 was slightly slower than the Snapdragon 888 used by the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the difference was just 7%, which means you won’t actually notice the difference.

For certainly, it will easily handle anything you throw at it, whether it’s just posting your latest Instagram pictures or editing a 4K video.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Gaming Performance

For gaming, we tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Galaxy
Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8
Gen 1
SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
Sling Shot Unlimited 10728 11094 9248 8793 6688
Wild Life Unlimited 9838 9106 3952
Wild Life
Extreme
Unlimited
2221 2220 1174

Look at that! The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was a head above the competition when it comes to gaming!

It was 16% to 150% faster than the Snapdragon 888, and 22% faster than the Snadragon 865+!

For certain, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will crush any game you throw at it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Overall Performance

We then tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
AnTuTu Score 950630 889167 696767 577726 508008
CPU 213689 203090 206228 161243 157465
GPU 417669 402617 242573 230859 155115
Memory 161903 146002 133586 98269 79972
UX 157369 137458 114380 87355 115456

The AnTuTu benchmark confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a veritable beast of a performer, beating even the very fast Galaxy Z Flip 3 by 36%.

Its GPU performance was, in particular, spectacular, delivering 72% better performance than the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and 81% better performance than the Galaxy Tab S7+!

Interestingly, it was 7% faster than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is likely due to better cooling – its temperature only increased by 0.3°C, whereas the S22 Ultra’s temperature spiked by over 10°C!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Performance Summary

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was meant to be the ultimate Samsung tablet for 2022, and it does not disappoint.

Built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – the fastest mobile SoC that exists for Android devices – it offers a tremendous boost in GPU performance, which should make gamers and mobile content creators happy.

The benchmark results amply demonstrates, you can count on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to easily handle anything and everything you throw at it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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How To Setup Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Tablet!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet with us, and soon you will get yours too.

Let us show you how to setup the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy as our video shows, so you will be able to enjoy using it within minutes!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device.

This should take no more than 10 minutes, will be much longer if you are transferring data from an older tablet.

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.
    It will take 23 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. Click Start to begin the setup process.
  3. The first thing you need to do is select a language.
  4. Next, you will need to select your country or region.
  5. Then, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will reboot – a process that takes about 32 seconds.
  6. After it boots up again, you will be asked to agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  7. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  8. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  9. Once your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    It can take a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  10. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old tablet.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  11. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Google services until you log in.
  12. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  13. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  14. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  15. Next, you will need to go through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process
  16. After that, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Samsung services until you log in.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device! Enjoy!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Battery Life + Recharging Speed!

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s battery recharging speed, and how its two refresh rate options affect its battery life!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Two Refresh Rate Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet offers two refresh rate options (Settings > Display > Motion smoothness) :

  • High : Get smoother animations and scrolling with a 120 Hz screen refresh rate
  • Standard : Get longer battery life with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate

You may think that this is similar to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 120 Hz display, but you would be wrong.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has an Adaptive mode that dynamically refreshes between 1 Hz and 120 Hz for better battery life.

The 120 Hz refresh rate option in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is fixed at 120 Hz. This guarantees you an ultra-smooth 120 Hz refresh rate all the time, at the expense of battery life.

In the next section, we will look at how the two refresh rate options affect the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s battery life.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Hands-On Experience!
Read more : Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Unboxing : What’s Inside?

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Life Comparison!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes with a massive 11,200 mAh battery, which is more than the size of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s battery!

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained with 60 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rates :

Astoundingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra only has a battery life of 6.5 hours with High refresh rate enabled, and a more acceptable 8 hours with the Standard refresh rate!

This is a slight improvement over last year’s Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. There is no doubt that its much larger 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display is a significant drain on battery life.

Let’s compare its battery life against the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile SoC.

Standard Refresh Rate (60 Hz)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra delivers the best battery life with the Standard refresh rate of 60 Hz.

The Tab S8 Ultra appears to use 9% more power than the Tab S7 Plus, but I have to point out that it has a 39% larger display.

Fortunately, the battery life deficit is “covered” by its 11% larger battery.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(60 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(60 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 14 hrs 15 mins 7 hrs 55 mins 8 hrs
3 mins
Utilisation
per min.
4.68 mAh 16.99 mAh 18.55 mAh

High Refresh Rate (120 Hz)

Switching on the High refresh rate of 120 Hz cut its battery life by 17.6% – almost 1.5 hours!

But the data shows that its larger 14.6-inch display only used 3.4% more power than the Tab S7 Plus.

Work 3.0 S22 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Tab S7 Plus
(120 Hz)
Tab S8 Ultra
(120 Hz)
Display Size 6.8-inch 12.4-inch 14.6-inch
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 10,090 mAh 11,200 mAh
Battery Life 10 hrs
38 mins
6 hrs
11 mins
6 hrs
38 mins
Utilisation
per min.
6.27 mAh 21.76 mAh 22.51 mAh

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Battery Recharging Speed!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra supports up to 45 watts of wired fast charging, but unfortunately, does not come with the charger in-the-box.

So we relied on the standard 15 watt Samsung fast charger than shipped with their previous smartphones and tablets – something we believe most users will end up doing.

Recharging Speed Tab S8 Ultra Tab S7 Plus S22 Ultra
Display Size 14.6-inch 12.4-inch 6.8-inch
Battery Capacity 11,200 mAh 10,090 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charger Output 15 watts 15 watts 15 watts
Battery Life 86.5 mins 86 mins 64.5 mins
Recharging Speed
(per minute)
103.6 mAh 93.9 mAh 62.0 mAh

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra recharged faster with a standard 15 watt charger, than the Tab S7 Plus or even the Galaxy S22 Ultra!

This is really good news. It means that Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra owners need not worry too much about its recharging speed with the older 15 watt chargers.

In fact, you don’t need to splurge on a new 45 watt fast charger. The Tab S8 Ultra fully recharges its massive battery from 20% to 100% in just under 1.5 hours with the standard 15 watt Samsung charger!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Hands-On Experience!

Here is our hands-on look at the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet, its new low-latency S Pen and its Book Cover Keyboard!

Find out why this tablet will offer you a 2-in-1 laptop-like experience!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra + S Pen : Hands-On Experience!

Samsung just sent us the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – their largest and most powerful tablet, with a massive 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display!

As you will see in this video – this is a really large tablet, and it is pretty hefty too at 726 grams. But it is very solidly built, and weighs half as much as a typical laptop.

It also comes with a new full-size S Pen with an ultra-low latency of just 2.8 milliseconds.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra runs on the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.7 GHz.

Powering all that is a massive 11,200 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, with 45 watt fast charging capability!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Book Cover Keyboard : Hands-On!

This year, Samsung included the really awesome Book Cover Keyboard with every Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.

This cover not only provides really solid protection for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it also converts it into a 2-in-1 tablet with a kickstand!

In addition, the Book Cover Keyboard has a special S Pen cover that prevents your precious S Pen from falling and getting lost.

As I shared in my Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover Keyboard review last year, this is a must-have accessory, and I’m really glad Samsung included it as part of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra package.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
– 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 (Front + Back)
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU 1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.7 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730
Memory +
Storage
Options
8 GB RAM + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1TB)
Front Camera 12 MP main camera, f/2.2
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera, f/2.0
6 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
S Pen Yes, 2.8 ms latency
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 11,200 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 45 watt wired charging
Dimensions 326.4 mm wide
208.6 mm tall
5.5 mm thick
Weight 726 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

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Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

You may not be aware, but the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is specially designed for families!

Find out why the new Galaxy Tab A8 tablet is such a great option for your family!

 

Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

Many people are not aware but Samsung created the Galaxy Tab A8 specifically for families, and here’s why it’s a great tablet for families.

Large Full HD+ Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has a large 10.5-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution that is great for both education and entertainment.

The large display not only gives you a more immersive viewing experience, its multi-window support allows you to split the screen in half to do two things at the same time!

You can adjust the window focus with a simple drag and drop, share content between apps, and even drag and drop a notification!

Sleek + Light

Despite the large display size, the Galaxy Tab A8 is a thin and lightweight tablet with a sleek 6.9 mm metal body that only weighs 508 grams.

This is an important consideration for families, as heavy tablets are not only unwieldy for younger children, they increase the risk of drops and other expensive accidents.

Powerful + Long-Lasting

Tablets for family use do not need extreme performance. They just need decent performance and a long battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is built around an 8-core processor, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a dedicate microSD card slot.

What will impress your family the most is its massive 7,040 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging! Not only will it last many hours of non-stop use, it will recharge faster than usual.

Screen Recorder

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a built-in Screen Recorder feature that lets you easily record any online class, for revision later.

They can also mark and annotate directly on the recording, and take notes during the online class.

Samsung Kids

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 also comes with Samsung Kids built-in, allowing you to restrict younger children to a completely safe environment to explore and learn.

The improved Parental control lets you set limits on playtime, give selective access to apps, and see your children’s activities at a glance.

Quad Speakers + Dolby Atmos

Most tablets at this price point only comes with dual speakers, but believe it or not, this highly-affordable tablet comes with four speakers!

Its quad speaker system also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, for exceptional audio clarity and depth!

Samsung Knox Security

Even at this price point, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is protected on the hardware level by Samsung Knox.

Samsung Knox is a multi-layered security system that constantly inspects the tablet’s core software, to ensure its data integrity.

Incredible Price Point

Here’s the best part about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 tablet – its highly affordable price of just RM999 / US$229.99 / £204 / A$373 / S$448?

This will allow even families on a tight budget to afford the Galaxy Tab A8.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Model SM-X200
Display 10.5-inch TFT Display
– 1200 x 1920 pixels
OS One UI 3 (Android 11)
Platform UNISOC Tiger T618
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A75 cores (2.0 GHz)
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G52 MP2
Memory +
Storage
3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 5 MP camera
Main Cameras 8 MP camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic,
Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
GPS GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
Battery 7,040 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 15 watt fast charging
Dimensions 246.8 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 508 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Price + Availability!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is available in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Pink Gold, with two variants globally :

  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB

Here in Malaysia, it is only available in 3GB + 32GB variant in either the Gray or Pink Gold colour options, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM999 (about US$238 / £178 / A$336 / S$322).

From now until 28 February 2022, every purchase will come with two freebies :

  • one Samsung Clear Edge Cover worth RM99
  • one year Samsung Care+ coverage plan worth RM110

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy Tab A8 – a tablet targeted at families!

Take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, and find out if this is the tablet for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : What You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a thin and lightweight tablet designed for learning and entertainment, with a very attractive price tag.

It has a large 10.5-inch display, with a sleek metal body that is only 6.9 mm thick and weighs just 508 grams.

Powered by an octa-core processor, it comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a dedicate microSD card slot.

The large display not only gives you a more immersive viewing experience, its multi-window support allows you to split the screen in half to do two things at the same time!

On top of that, this highly-affordable tablet comes with four speakers that support Dolby Atmos surround sound, for exceptional audio clarity and depth.

Don’t worry about the Galaxy Tab A8 running out of juice. It has a massive 7,040 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Model SM-X200
Display 10.5-inch TFT Display
– 1200 x 1920 pixels
Protection NA
Water Resistance NA
OS One UI 3 (Android 11)
Platform UNISOC Tiger T618
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A75 cores (2.0 GHz)
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G52 MP2
Memory +
Storage
3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 5 MP camera
Main Cameras 8 MP camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic,
Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
GPS GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
Battery 7,040 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 15 watt fast charging
Dimensions 246.8 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 508 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Price + Availability!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is available in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Pink Gold, with two variants globally :

  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB

Here in Malaysia, it is only available in 3GB + 32GB variant in either the Gray or Pink Gold colour options, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM999 (about US$238 / £178 / A$336 / S$322).

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  • one Samsung Clear Edge Cover worth RM99
  • one year Samsung Care+ coverage plan worth RM110

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Review : A Great Value Buy!

Here is my review of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE – the large “Fan Edition” tablet!

Find out why this 12.4-inch Samsung tablet is a great value buy!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Large Fan Edition Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a “Fan Edition” version of the powerful but pricey Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet that I reviewed earlier.

It is a large 12.4-inch tablet, designed to offer the key features of the Galaxy Tab S7+, at a much more affordable price point.

To do that, it uses a standard LCD display, a mid-range mobile SoC with less memory and storage, as well as lower-resolution cameras.

Here is a quick comparison of the Tab S7 FE against its big brother, the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Specifications Galaxy Tab S7 FE Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Type 12.4-inch TFT 12.4-inch Super AMOLED
Display Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels 1752 x 2800 pixels
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
Protection None Gorilla Glass Victurs
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Memory +
Storage Options
4 GB + 64 GB
6 GB + 128 GB
6 GB + 128 / 256 GB
8 GB + 512 GB
External Storage Up to 1 TB MicroSD card
Front Camera 5 MP 8 MP
Rear Camera 8 MP 12 MP + 5 MP
Connectivity WiFi-6
Bluetooth 5.2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
WiFi-6
Bluetooth 5.1
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen Standard S Pen Low-Latency S Pen
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes
Speakers Dual AKG Speakers Quad AKG Speakers
Battery 10,090 mAh battery
Dimensions 185.0 mm wide
284.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 610 g 575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colour options (from left to right) : Mystic Green, Mystic PinkMystic Silver and Mystic Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Price + Availability

Here in Malaysia, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available at these launch prices :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM1,899 (approx. US$454 / £337 / A$628 / S$617)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM2,199 (approx. US$525 / £390 / A$728 / S$714)

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Unboxing + Contents!

The new Galaxy Tab S7 FE is Samsung’s tablet for the masses, offering a massive 12.4-inch display with a powerful mid-range processor and dual AKG speakers!

It comes in a white cardboard box, containing these items :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE tablet
  • Quick Start Guide + Warranty Card
  • 15 Watt Samsung Travel Fast Charger
  • USB Type A to Type C data and power cable
  • SIM tray ejection pin

Fortunately, Samsung included a fast charger in-the-box, albeit a standard 15 watt charger and not a 45 watt charger.

Next Page > Galaxy Tab S7 FE Key Features

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Hands-On + Key Features!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a more affordable Fan Edition of the excellent but pricey Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ that we reviewed earlier.

12.4-inch Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE boasts a 12.4-inch TFT display, which looks massive especially if you are upgrading from smaller tablets like the Apple iPad.

This is not an AMOLED display, but it is bright and looks sharp thanks to the high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Performance + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which offers :

  • a Kryo 670 Prime (A78-based) core running at 2.4 GHz,
  • three Kryo 670 Gold (A78-based) cores running at 2.2 GHz,
  • four Kryo 670 Silver (A55-based) cores running at 1.8 GHz
  • Adreno 642L GPU running at 490 MHz

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is a new mid-range mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, which should offer preppy performance without the higher power consumption of flagship mobile SoC.

RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes with two memory and storage options :

  • 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of internal storage
  • 6 GB of memory + 128 GB of internal storage

The good news is that it comes with a microSD card tray that supports up to 1 TB of additional storage.

Front + Rear Cameras

In the front, it has  a 5 MP fixed focus camera, that is capable of taking photos with a 2576 x 1932 pixel resolution, and Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps.

This front camera is decent but unexceptional. Don’t expect to dazzle your clients on Zoom!

At the back, it has an 8 MP camera that is capable of taking photos with the resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.

Despite the higher resolution, it is only capable of recording 1080p video at 30 fps. It does, however, supports electronic image stabilisation (EIS).

You should note that this camera lacks an LED light. The hole you see in the camera bump conceals a microphone.

Buttons

There are only two buttons on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE – the Volume control buttons and the Power button.

They are located on the upper right side when held vertically, and left side of the top when held horizontally.

As with Samsung smartphones, double-pressing the Power button activates the Camera app, allowing you to quickly take photos or videos.

Only One Port

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes with a USB Type C port, which supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectivity.

It does not come with a 3.5 mm audio jack, or a USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box.

Dual AKG Speakers

Like its premium brother – the Galaxy Tab S7+, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE has AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

The only difference is the cheaper FE (Fan Edition) has just two speakers, while the Tab S7+ has four.

Battery + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 10,090 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which supports 45 watt fast wired charging.

When used with a 45 watt charger, Samsung says it will fully recharge in just 90 minutes!

This is a pretty small battery, and rather slow charging speeds. I’m currently testing its battery life and will share with you the results shortly.

Unfortunately, Samsung only provided a standard 15 watt fast charger in the box. In the next page, I will show you just how long it takes to fully recharge its battery on just 15 watts…

Next Page > Battery Life, Recharging Speed, Performance

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has a massive 10,090 mAh battery, which promises to deliver up to 13 hours of video playback time.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the room brightness changed.

We then ran the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20%, repeating several times.

Will you look at that – 12.5 hours of battery life! A little shy of the rated 13 hours, but still much longer than the 8 hours we got with the Galaxy Tab S7+!

With such a long battery life, you can confidently take it on-the-go for a full day’s work without worrying about charging it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Battery Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE supports the phenomenally-fast 45 watt super fast charging. Unfortunately, Samsung only bundles an anaemic 15 watt fast charger in the box…

Take a look at how fast its bundled 15 watt fast charger topped up its massive 10,090 mAh battery…

Not bad. The bundled 15 watt charger took just 2 hours 36 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That gives it a recharging speed of about 52 mAh per minute, which is as fast as some 25W or 27W fast chargers.

This gives it a battery life : recharging ratio of just 4.8:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you will need to charge it for 12.5 minutes.

While that is TWICE as fast as the Galaxy Tab S7+, it cannot match the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, which has a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1, and only needs 7 minutes of charging for each hour of battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : PCMark Results

PCMark Tab S7+ Note20
Ultra
Tab S7 FE Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad
Pro
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 778G SD 855 Kirin 990
Performance Score
(Average)
12348 10523 9747 9471 8575
Web Browsing 11864 8865 7355 7792 6723
Video Editing 7664 6232 6028 6038 5656
Writing 12659 11112 10512 10919 10969
Photo Editing 26230 30789 22188 20161 15991
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 8505 7356 6952

Will you look at that? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is slightly faster than Snapdragon 855 – the last-generation flagship mobile SoC from Qualcomm!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : 3DMark Results

3DMark Tab S7+ Note20
Ultra
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Tab S7 FE MatePad Pro
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855 SD 778G Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 5487 5386 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 4808 4266 4283
Sling Shot Unlimited 8793 8128 7241 6688 4323

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has good gaming performance too, coming in just slightly slower as the Xiaomi Mi 9, which is powered by the flagship-class Snapdragon 855.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : AnTuTu Results

AnTuTu Tab S7+ Note20
Ultra
Tab
S7 FE
MatePad
Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 778G Kirin 990 SD 855
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 508008 446098 371473
CPU 161243 146783 157465 135977 126011
GPU 230859 215205 155115 144098 156318
Memory 98269 89376 79972 100944 77763
UX 87355 71371 115456 65079 11381

The Samsung Galaxy S7 FE delivered very good performance in AnTuTu, coming in :

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Verdict + Award

Samsung originally introduced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ as a cheaper but powerful Android alternative to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. However, even its price tag put it out of reach of many users.

So Samsung came up with a Fan Edition of that tablet – the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which sports the similarly large 12.4-inch display, at a much more affordable price point.

The large display really makes a lot of difference if you want a large workspace, or a more immersive gaming or movie experience. More so with its dual AKG speakers that off good bass and clarity.

Instead of the powerful but power-guzzling Snapdragon 865+, Samsung used the new Snapdragon 778G which is not only pretty darn fast, it is more power-efficient, giving it a much longer battery life.

It inevitably comes with less memory and storage, but even 4 GB of RAM is more than enough for most users. And if you run out of storage, you can always pop-in a microSD card for more storage.

Samsung also threw in a standard S Pen and a 15 watt charger in-the-box, but if you want faster charging – you will need to top up for a 45 watt fast charger.

Samsung sadly did not bundle the Galaxy Tab S7 FE with the Keyboard Cover, which is a critical accessory for this tablet.

I cannot emphasise the importance of the Keyboard Cover enough, as it not only protects the tablet and the stylus (in its own special compartment), it also gives you a keyboard and touchpad, turning your Tab S7 FE into a laptop!

If you do not need the keyboard, at least get the Book Cover. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a large and heavy tablet that you do NOT want to drop. Please remember that it lacks the Gorilla Glass Victus protection of its more expensive brother – the Galaxy Tab S7+.

Both the front 5 MP and rear 8 MP cameras can record 1080p videos at 30 fps, but the video quality from the front camera is rather poor. Fortunately, the rear 8 MP camera does a much better job.

Overall – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE offers much more value for your money than the Galaxy Tab S7+. If you don’t need the frills, you can literally buy TWO FE tablets for the price of one Tab S7+!

That’s why we have no qualms giving it our Editor’s Choice Award! Nice job, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colour options (from left to right) : Mystic Green, Mystic PinkMystic Silver and Mystic Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Price + Availability

Here in Malaysia, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available at these launch prices :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM1,899 (approx. US$454 / £337 / A$628 / S$617)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM2,199 (approx. US$525 / £390 / A$728 / S$714)

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Unboxing + Hands-On Preview!

Here is my unboxing and hands-on preview of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE.

Find out what’s inside its box, and take a close-up look of this Fan Edition tablet for the masses!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Unboxing + Contents!

The new Galaxy Tab S7 FE is Samsung’s tablet for the masses, offering a massive 12.4-inch display with a powerful mid-range processor and dual AKG speakers!

It comes in a white cardboard box, containing these items :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE tablet
  • Quick Start Guide + Warranty Card
  • 15 Watt Samsung Travel Fast Charger
  • USB Type A to Type C data and power cable
  • SIM tray ejection pin

Fortunately, Samsung included a fast charger in-the-box, albeit a standard 15 watt charger and not a 45 watt charger.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Hands-On + Key Features!

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a more affordable Fan Edition of the excellent but pricey Galaxy Tab S7+ that we reviewed earlier.

12.4-inch Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE boasts a 12.4-inch TFT display, which looks massive especially if you are upgrading from smaller tablets like the Apple iPad.

This is not an AMOLED display, but it is bright and looks sharp thanks to the high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Performance + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which offers :

  • a Kryo 670 Prime (A78-based) core running at 2.4 GHz,
  • three Kryo 670 Gold (A78-based) cores running at 2.2 GHz,
  • four Kryo 670 Silver (A55-based) cores running at 1.8 GHz
  • Adreno 642L GPU running at 490 MHz

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is a new mid-range mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, which should offer preppy performance without the higher power consumption of flagship mobile SoC.

RAM + Storage

Samsung offers two memory and storage options :

  • 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of internal storage
  • 6 GB of memory + 128 GB of internal storage

The good news is that it comes with a microSD card tray that supports up to 1 TB of additional storage.

Front + Rear Cameras

In the front, it has  a 5 MP fixed focus camera, that is capable of taking photos with a 2576 x 1932 pixel resolution, and Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps.

This front camera is decent but unexceptional. Don’t expect to dazzle your clients on Zoom!

At the back, it has an 8 MP camera that is capable of taking photos with the resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.

Despite the higher resolution, it is only capable of recording 1080p video at 30 fps. It does, however, supports electronic image stabilisation (EIS).

You should note that this camera lacks an LED light. The hole you see in the camera bump conceals a microphone.

Buttons

There are only two buttons on the Tab S7 FE – the Volume control buttons and the Power button.

They are located on the upper right side when held vertically, and left side of the top when held horizontally.

As with Samsung smartphones, double-pressing the Power button activates the Camera app, allowing you to quickly take photos or videos.

Only One Port

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes with a USB Type C port, which supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectivity.

It does not come with a 3.5 mm audio jack, or a USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box.

Dual AKG Speakers

Like its premium brother – the Galaxy Tab S7+, the Tab S7 FE has AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

The only difference is the cheaper FE (Fan Edition) has just two speakers, while the Tab S7+ has four.

Battery + Charging

Powering all that is a massive 10,090 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which supports 45 watt fast wired charging.

When used with a 45 watt charger, Samsung says it will fully recharge in just 90 minutes!

This is a pretty small battery, and rather slow charging speeds. I’m currently testing its battery life and will share with you the results shortly.

Unfortunately, Samsung only provided a standard 15 watt fast charger in the box.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
Model SM-T733
Display 12.4-inch TFT
– 1600 x 2560 pixels
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
CPU 1 x Kryo 670 Prime (A78) core @ 2.4 GHz
3 x Kryo 670 Gold (A78) cores @ 2.2 GHz
4 x Kryo 670 Silver (A55) cores @ 1.8 GHz
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 642L @ 490 MHz
Memory +
Storage Options
4 GB + 64 GB
6 GB + 128 GB
External Storage Up to 1 TB MicroSD card
Front Camera 5 MP
Rear Camera 8 MP
Connectivity WiFi : Up to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
S Pen Yes, provided in-box
Fingerprint Sensor No
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
Battery 10,090 mAh battery
Charging 45 watt wired fast charging
Dimensions 185.0 mm wide
284.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
Weight 610 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colour options (from left to right) : Mystic Green, Mystic PinkMystic Silver and Mystic Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Price + Availability

Here in Malaysia, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available at these launch prices :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM1,899 (approx. US$454 / £337 / A$628 / S$617)
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM2,199 (approx. US$525 / £390 / A$728 / S$714)

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2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro Productivity Tips!

Here are some great tips on how you can ramp up productivity with the 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro.

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2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro Productivity Tips!

Today, we are going to share with you some great tips on how you can ramp up productivity with the 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro.

These tips are great not just for remote workers and content creators, but also students and other people working from home.

Please don’t forget to SHARE these tips with your friends!

Flagship Performance

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro is built around the Kirin 9000E, the world’s first 5nm 5G mobile SoC that has an 8-core CPU, with a 22-core GPU and two Neural Processing Units.

And it comes with 8 GB LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB built-in storage, with the option of adding an NM card for additional storage (up to 256 GB).

So right off the bat, you have all the processing power and memory capacity you need to get A LOT of work done right on the tablet.

Multi-Screen Collaboration

Hardware performance aside, one of the 2021 MatePad Pro’s key features is its multi-screen collaboration capability when used with a HUAWEI laptop like the MateBook X Pro.

Mirror Mode : Your laptop display is mirrored onto the MatePad Pro, which can now be used as a writing or sketching pad.

Whatever you write or draw on the MatePad Pro with the M-Pencil is instantly synced in real-time to the laptop screen.

Extend Mode : You can drag a task from your laptop to the MatePad Pro, turning it into a second monitor instantly.

For example, you can video conference on one display, while edit notes or check files on the other display. This makes the MatePad Pro a great “workmate” for your laptop!

Collaborate Mode : Using the collaborate mode, you can use the laptop keyboard and mouse on both the laptop and the MatePad Pro.

In addition, you can easily drag and drop files and texts between the laptop and the MatePad Pro!

Bottom Dock + Service Widgets

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro introduces a new Bottom Dock that not only displays frequently-used apps, but also recently-used apps.

In addition, it features new Service Widgets that can display real-time information, so you can quickly and conveniently access certain app features without launching those apps!

Those Service Widgets can be placed anywhere, and are fully customisable so you can personalise your tablet as you wish!

Make Full Use Of M-Pencil (2nd Generation)

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with the 2nd Generation M-Pencil, which features a transparent tip design, platinum-coated nib, and a rounded hexagonal shape for a more comfortable grip.

It has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and supports tilt writing, with ultra-low latency of just 9 ms.

Make use of its support for HUAWEI FreeScript to transform your handwritten jotting into machine-encoded text in real time.

The new 2nd Generation M-Pencil also supports Double Tap to Switch tools, which is very convenient.

For example, if you make a mistake while writing or drawing, you can just double tap the M-Pencil to switch to the eraser mode.

Don’t forget its other built-in features like Instant Shape and Instant Table. All you need to do is just start drawing, pause and then let go – it will automatically give you the shape you want!

 

2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Freebie Tips!

The 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available for sale in Malaysia, in the Matte Grey colour.

It has an official launch price of RM 3,999 (about US$970 / £686 / A$1,253 / S$1,286). Here are online purchase options :

Every purchase of the 2021 HUAWEI MatePad Pro will entitle you to these great freebies :

  • HUAWEI Smart Magnetic Keyboard
  • 50 GB HUAWEI Cloud Storage (3 months)
  • HUAWEI Video VIP Access (1 month)

Also, here is a list of AppGallery apps that HUAWEI is recommending that you try out on your MatePad Pro tablet!

Tools +
Education
Photo +
Video
Entertainment Gaming Shopping
Nebo Canva HUAWEI Video Bullet Angel Shopee
WPS Office MIX TikTok Call Me Emperor Lazada
Docx Reader Picsart SYOK Garena Free Fire Mudah.my
Kahoot Beautycam BIGO Live Mobile Legends ZALORA
Lingokids Photobook MICO State of Survival GO SHOP

If you download these participating apps from now until 31 July 2021, you will stand the chance to win a HUAWEI P40 Pro, HUAWEI Band 4 and more!

Find out more about the HUAWEI AppGallery Promo here!

 

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How Fast Can You Type On The Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ come with a Book Cover with an integrated kickstand, S Pen compartment and keyboard.

While most tablets offer keyboard options, you will be surprised at just how fast you can actually type on the Galaxy Tab S7 keyboard! Take a look…

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard : What Is It?

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ tablets.

It protects the tablet from damage, and comes with an integrated kickstand, S Pen compartment and keyboard.

Its two-piece design transforms your Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S7+ tablet into a laptop, that quickly turns into a tablet whenever you want.

It is available for both Galaxy Tab S7 models. They only differ in their sizes (prices as of 14 December 2020):

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Keyboard : How Fast Can You Type On It?

To showcase how fast you can type on the Book Cover Keyboard, Samsung brought in expert stenographer Jongheon Im.

Stenographers are trained to type as fast as a person speaks, so they need to be very fast!

In this video, Im is asked to transcribe a minute of speech on two regular keyboards, and then on the Galaxy Tab S7+ with the Book Cover Keyboard.

While Im is most comfortable with the special stenography keyboard, she felt that it was more comfortable to type on the Book Cover Keyboard, than an actual laptop keyboard.

In the end, she managed to type at around 700 strokes per minute on the Book Cover Keyboard, compared to 670 strokes on a laptop keyboard.

Frankly, most of us would expect to type faster on a laptop keyboard than a tablet keyboard… but as our review pointed out – the Book Cover Keyboard is really nice to type on, especially with its 26% larger keycaps and 18.3 mm key pitch.

We highly recommend it for anyone who purchases the Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet.

 

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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

HUAWEI just introduced the MatePad T 10s – an affordable 10.1-inch tablet with 4G LTE connectivity for the family!

Take a look at the new HUAWEI MatePad T 10s, and find out what it offers!

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s boasts a 10.1-inch IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, and TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort.

This display is enhanced by HUAWEI ClariVu technology, which automatically optimises colour, brightness and saturation. It also uses a Super Resolution algorithm to upscale lower-resolution content.

Build around the HUAWEI Kirin 710A platform, it comes with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 512 GB).

Impressively, this affordable tablet comes with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, ensuring that you can stay connected wherever you are. Powering all that is a large 5,100 mAh battery, that supports 10 watt fast charging.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s is available for sale starting 10 October 2020, with this recommended retail price :

  • 3 GB + 64 GB : RM 999 (about US$241 | £186 | A$334 | S$327)

Here are online purchase options :

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI MatePad T 10s
Model AGS3-L09
Display 10.1-inch IPS
– 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
Platform HUAWEI Kirin 710A
Processor 4 x Arm Cortex-A73 (2.0 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G51
Memory 3 GB
Storage 64 GB
External Storage microSD Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 2 MP fixed focus camera (f/2.4)
– 720p video recording
Rear Camera 5 MP auto focus camera (f/2.2)
– 1080p video recording
Connectivity 4G LTE (WCDMA / GSM)
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint Sensor None
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Distance, Gravity
Audio Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Single microphone
Battery 5,100 mAh
Charging 10 watt charger
Size 240.2 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
Weight 450 g

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Box + Contents

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s comes in a white cardboard box.

When fully unboxed, these are the items you will find inside :

  • One HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet
  • One set of HUAWEI MatePad T 10s documents (not shown here)
  • One 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C cable
  • One SIM tray pin

Next Page > HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

 

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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

Let’s take a closer look at the HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet, and its key features.

Front Camera

In the front, it has a 2 MP fixed focus camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera supports 720p video recording.

Rear Camera

In the back, it has a 5 MP camera with a slightly wider f/2.2 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an LED flash.

Power + Volume Control Buttons

The only buttons you will find are the Power and Volume control buttons, both located along the top edge  (if held horizontally) together with the front and rear cameras.

Ports + Speakers

The ports are all located at the bottom – a USB 2.0 Type C port, and a 3.5 mm audio port, next to the SIM tray.

It also comes with two Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, one at the bottom here, and one at the top.

SIM + microSD Card Tray

The SIM and microSD card tray is located at the bottom, next to the 3.5 mm audio port and USB-C port.

Unlike other tablets in the same price range, it comes with 4G LTE connectivity, and supports a single nano SIM card.

The MatePad T 10s only comes with 64 GB of storage, but fortunately, it also supports a microSD card, which lets you add up to 512 GB of additional storage.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Where To Buy?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Deal!

Find out what’s the difference between the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ tablets, and what are their prices and launch deal in Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : What’s Different?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a larger variant of the Galaxy Tab S7 premium tablet, but they are very similar in many ways :

  • powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
  • display supports 120 Hz refresh rate
  • 8 MP front camera, with 13 MP and 5 MP ultra-wide cameras at the back
  • quad speaker system, tuned by AKG
  • in-display fingerprint sensor

In addition to a larger and better display, the Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with an ultra-low latency S Pen, and a larger battery.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review : Powerful + Versatile!

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB 8 GB + 256 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 26 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms latency
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 502 g 575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for both models, together with their colour options :

  • Galaxy Tab S7 : RM 3,299 (roughly US$790 | £600 | A$1090 | S$1080)
    Available in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver colour options
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ : RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508)
    Available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze colour options

They will be available for purchase from these online Samsung stores, starting 28 August 2020 :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Malaysia Deal!

Samsung Malaysia will be offering free gifts worth up to RM 1,491 with every purchase of a Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+ from 28 August until 31 October 2020.

  • Samsung Keyboard Cover worth RM999
  • Samsung 128GB microSD card worth RM139
  • 1 Day Pass to Colony Sdn Bhd worth RM60
  • 6-Month subscription to Clip Studio Paint worth RM 221
  • 4-Month subscription to YouTube Premium worth RM72

Note : The 128GB MicroSD card must be redeemed through Samsung Redemption Portal, before or on 15th November 2020, failing which the redemption submission will be disqualified and considered as null and void.

 

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

Your fancy new flagship smartphone is probably powered by a Snapdragon, Exynos or Kirin mobile platform, but just how fast are they really?

Find out which is the fastest flagship mobile SoC in our little performance comparison!

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Battle Of The Flagships!

So we managed to get our hands on the fastest mobile platforms available in the market today :

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
Process 7 nm N7P 7 nm EUV 7 nm EUV
CPU
Cores
1 x Kryo 585 Gold
(3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
(2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
(1.8 GHz)
2 x Exynos M5
(2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(2.0 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76
(2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55
(1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G76 MC16
Memory
Support
LPDDR5 LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage
Support
UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
5G Modem Snapdragon X55
(Separate)
Exynos 5123
(Separate)
Balong 5000
(Integrated)

Now you may be wondering – what about MediaTek? They get a pass because they cheat at benchmarks.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : TLDR Summary

For those who are too lazy to drill down into the results, here’s a quick and dirty summary.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is definitely the superior mobile platform.

In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than both the Samsung Exynos 990 and the HUAWEI Kirin 990.

Snapdragon
865+
Exynos
990
Kirin
990
PCMark Work 2.0 Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
3DMark Vulkan Winner -11.4% -33.7%
3DMark OpenGL Winner -4.5% -30.1%
Geekbench Multi-Core Winner -3.2% -3.7%
Geekbench Single-Core -21.1% -2.2% Winner
AnTuTu Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
Average Winner -6.1% -21.4%

You are unlikely to notice the small 6% performance difference between the Snapdragon 865+ and the Exynos 990.

However, the 21% performance deficit of the HUAWEI Kirin 990 versus the Snapdragon 865+ will be noticeable. So will its 14% performance deficit against the Exynos 990.

Even if TSMC was allowed to continue making Kirin 990 for HUAWEI, it is no longer a competitive flagship mobile platform.

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Work 2.0

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Work 2.0 Score Winner -16.3% -30.6%
Web Browsing 2.0 Winner -27.2% -43.3%
Video Editing Winner -18.5% -26.2%
Writing 2.0 Winner -12.0% -13.4%
Photo Editing 2.0 -10.7% Winner -45.6%
Data Manipulation Winner -29.6% -26.9%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : PCMark Computer Vision

This is a benchmark that tests the AI capabilities of these mobile platforms :

  • image recognition with TensorFLow
  • graphical barcode scanning with ZXing
  • optical character recognition with Tesseract

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Computer Vision Winner -16.9% -23.2%
TensorFlow -44.2% -5.0% Winner
ZXing Winner -18.1% -3.6%
Tesseract -19.9% Winner -56.6%

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Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme

We tested them using the Sling Shot Extreme test in 3DMark, using both Vulkan and OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics API.

Vulkan is a newer graphics API, with much lower overhead, and can therefore deliver better performance than OpenGL ES which is supported by more games.

3DMark rendered the game at the 2560 x 1440 resolution, allowing for a fair comparison irrespective of the devices’ actual display resolution.

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Vulkan Overall Winner -11.4% -33.7%
Vulkan Graphics Winner -17.0% -48.8%
Vulkan Physics -6.3% -9.1% Winner
OpenGL Overall Winner -4.5% -30.1%
OpenGL Graphics Winner -6.2% -41.3%
OpenGL Physics -2.4% -4.0% Winner

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : Geekbench

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Multi-Core (MC) Winner -3.2% -3.7%
MC Crypto -27.2% -23.9% Winner
MC Integer Winner -4.2% -6.0%
MC Floating Point Winner -2.9% -7.7%
Single-Core (1C) -21.1% -2.2% Winner
1C Crypto -33.2% -10.3% Winner
1C Integer -19.4% -3.7% Winner
1C Floating Point -23.8% Winner -3.1%

 

Snapdragon vs Exynos vs Kirin : AnTuTu

Snapdragon 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990
Overall Winner -9.5% -22.8%
CPU Winner -9.0% -15.7%
GPU Winner -6.8% -37.6%
MEM -2.6% -11.5% Winner
UX Winner -18.3% -25.5%

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review : Powerful + Versatile!

We had some time with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and here is our in-depth review!

Find out why we love Samsung’s latest premium tablet so much that we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Ultra-Premium Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is not really just a larger variant of the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet. It is a larger, ultra-premium model.

While many of their key features are similar, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus offers a large and better display, with a larger battery, and an ultra-low latency S Pen.

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.09 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM 6 GB / 8 GB
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 26 ms response time
4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time
4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 498 g (Wi-Fi)
500 g (LTE)
502 g (5G)
575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in three colour options – Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze, with these prices :

Malaysia

Singapore

  • 8 GB + 256 GB, 5G : S$1,798 | S$1,798 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB, WiFi : S$1,598 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Unboxed!

Take a look at what the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus ships with :

Here is a list of the items you will find inside the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus box :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 S Pen
  • Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card
  • 15 Watt Fast Charging adapter
  • USB Type A to USB Type C cable
  • SIM tray pin

We believe there are some minor differences between this unit and the actual retail unit, which should have these items too :

  • AKG USB Type C earphones
  • Set of four spare earbuds

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Unboxing

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with a free Book Cover Keyboard, which is a separate item that usually retails for RM999, S$238, £189.99.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Key Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is designed for those who want the ultra-low latency S Pen, in addition to its bigger and better display.

120 Hz Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1752 x 2800 pixels and a pixel density of 266 ppi.

This is a HDR10+ display with an NTSC colour range. It supports a dynamic refresh rate, which automatically adjusts the refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz.

This helps it deliver silky-smooth graphics when needed, and save power when a higher refresh rate isn’t necessary.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ mobile platform – currently the fastest mobile platform money can buy.

It offers a faster 3.09 GHz prime core as well as a 10% faster Adreno 650 GPU over the “regular” Snapdragon 865, and is approximately 10% faster than Samsung’s flagship Exynos 990.

Recommended : Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 Performance Compared!

RAM + Storage

The base model comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with the 8 GB + 512 GB option in certain countries. Our mid-range model came with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

On a clean boot, you have 4.2 GB of free memory – 52.5% of total memory capacity. That’s more than enough memory to run multiple apps at the same time.

For perspective, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM.

Fresh out of the box, you have just under 221 GB of free internal storage – more than enough to store some 63,000 photos!

256 GB of internal storage is definitely more than sufficient for most users. But in case you run out of internal storage, you can add a microSD card for additional storage (up to 1 TB).

Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with an 8 MP front camera that is capable of recording up to 1080p video at 30 fps.

It’s hidden in the right bezel, to ensure it is at the top when you mount the Tab S7 Plus onto its optional Book Cover Keyboard.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

Rear Cameras

At the back, it has a dual camera system, supported by a single LED flash :

  • a 13 MP main camera, with f/2.0 aperture, and
  • a 5 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture

It can record videos with up to 4K resolution at 30 fps.

Quad AKG Speakers

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with four AKG speakers – two at the top, and two at the bottom.

These speakers support Dolby Atmos, for a cinematic experience, whether you are gaming or watching movies

Hit The Road, Jack

Like the Galaxy Tab S6, it doesn’t have a 3.5 mm audio jack, which allows it to be less than 6 mm thin.

Samsung does not include a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor. Instead, their retail box includes a pair of USB Type C earphones (not in our box).

Ultra-Low Latency S Pen

What people may not realise is that only Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with the new ultra-low latency S Pen, with a 9 ms response time.

This is literally the larger version of the ultra-low latency S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone.

The ultra-low response time gives you the same instantaneous feel of putting pen or pencil to paper, which will be especially important for artists.

Book Cover Keyboard

Samsung is bundling the Book Cover Keyboard at least here in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean it’s part of the bundle in your country.

But it’s a great big bonus if it’s part of the package. The Book Cover Keyboard turns your Galaxy Tab S7 Plus into a virtual laptop, thanks to its integrated keyboard and touchpad.

On top of that, it comes with a magnetically-locked compartment for the S Pen, ensuring that it is properly secured while charging.

Recommended : Samsung Book Cover Keyboard For Galaxy Tab S7+ Review!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has a massive 10,090 mAh battery, which promises to deliver up to 14 hours of video playback time.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the room brightness changed.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20%, repeating several times.

These are the best results we obtained at the standard 60 Hz refresh rate, and the dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

Just under 8 hours. Well, that’s far from the rated 14 hours… even with a 60 Hz refresh rate.

That suggests some serious power burn by the display and/or Snapdragon 865+, because the HUAWEI MatePad Pro hit 14 hours on a much smaller 7250 mAh battery.

It gets worse if you turn on the dynamic refresh rate that automatically adjusts the refresh rate from 11 Hz to 120 Hz – it lasted just over 6 hours!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Recharging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus supports the phenomenally-fast 45 watt super fast charging. Unfortunately, Samsung only bundles an anaemic 15 watt fast charger in the box…

Take a look at how fast its bundled 15 watt fast charger topped up its massive 10,090 mAh battery…

Not bad. The bundled 15 watt charger took just 2 hours 26 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That gives it a recharging speed of about 55 mAh per minute, which is actually faster than some 25W or 27W fast chargers.

Even so, it cannot make up for the poor battery life, with a poor battery life : recharging ratio of 2.5:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 23 minutes.

Just to give you an idea of how bad that is – the HUAWEI MatePad Pro has a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1, and only needs 7 minutes of charging for each hour of battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Work Performance : PCMark

Work 2.0 Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855 Kirin 990 SD 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
12348 10523 9471 8575 8384
Web Browsing 11864 8865 7792 6723 6768
Video Editing 7664 6232 6038 5656 5948
Writing 12659 11112 10919 10969 9226
Photo Editing 26230 30789 20161 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 7356 6952 6339

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :

It only lost out to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the Photo Editing test – by 15%.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Gaming Performance : 3DMark

3DMark Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855+ SD 855 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5487 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4808 4283
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 7241 4323

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also delivered the best gaming performance in the 3DMark test. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Overall Performance : AnTuTu

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
MatePad
Pro
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990 SD 855+ SD 855
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 446098 434168 371473
CPU 161243 146783 135977 126170 126011
GPU 230859 215205 144098 188158 156318
Memory 98269 89376 100944 65052 77763
UX 87355 71371 65079 54788 11381

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also delivered the best performance in AnTuTu. On average, it was :

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Our Verdict + Award

It should come to no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the most powerful Android tablet money can buy. It has the price tag to back that up.

Powered by the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, it comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. It also has a large 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

More than enough to handle any content creation work or gaming you throw at it. But the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is more than just a powerful tablet.

It comes with a new ultra-low latency S Pen, with a 9 ms response time – a larger version of the ultra-low latency S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone.

The ultra-low response time gives you the same instantaneous feel of putting pen or pencil to paper, which will be especially important for artists.

And we should not forget the new Samsung Notes and Samsung Flow capabilities.

Leveraging on Samsung Cloud, Samsung Notes now automatically saves and syncs your notes and drawings, so you can access them on your PC and Samsung smartphones too.

Samsung Flow, on the other hand, lets you directly transfer files between your phone and tablet without the hassle of uploading them to the cloud.

We also like that Samsung is bundling it (at least here in Malaysia) with the Book Cover Keyboard. That makes it extremely versatile, while protecting its stylus in a special compartment.

We cannot emphasise enough just how useful the Book Cover Keyboard is. It not only protects the tablet and S Pen, it gives you a keyboard and touchpad, turning your Tab S7 Plus into a laptop.

It also comes with a nice set of cameras. A decent 8 MP front camera, when most laptops are still stuck with 720p cameras. That said, Samsung limited its video recording to just 1080p, instead of 4K.

And at the back, a combination of a 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP ultra-wide camera. Far better than what many tablets offer. Of course, most laptops don’t even have a rear camera!

All this makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus an extremely powerful and versatile tablet.

Priced at RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508), it’s not cheap. But it is definitely much cheaper than the comparable 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, especially when you factor the bundled S Pen and Book Cover Keyboard.

It does have some downsides though. A rather poor battery life for one thing. At the standard 60 Hz refresh rate, it lasted just under 8 hours, and you get just over 6 hours if you turn on the Dynamic Refresh Rate.

And while it supports up to 45 watts of super fast charging, Samsung only shipped it with their standard 15 watt charger. Disappointing decision for such an ultra-premium device.

Finally, it is also pretty heavy, especially when used with the Book Cover Keyboard which weighs 502 grams. The tablet itself weighs 575 grams, so the total package comes up to about 1.1 kg.

Overall though, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a killer tablet that’s well-positioned as a more affordable alternative to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

We like it so much, we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Nice job, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in three colour options – Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze, with these prices :

Malaysia

Singapore

  • 8 GB + 256 GB, 5G : S$1,798 | S$1,798 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB, WiFi : S$1,598 (with Microsoft 365 + Viu Premium)

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover Keyboard Review : A Must Get!

Find out why the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is a must-have accessory for the new Galaxy Tab S7+ and Galaxy Tab S7 tablets!

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ and Galaxy Tab S7 are both premium laptops powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

Many of their key features are similar. The larger Tab S7+ however comes with a larger and better display, with a larger battery.

Here in Malaysia, they both come bundled with an ultra-low latency S Pen, and the Book Cover Keyboard. But in countries where the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is optional, this is a must-get accessory.

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : Price + Availability

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard is available for both Galaxy Tab S7 models. They only differ in their sizes :

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard for Galaxy Tab S7+ : Unboxing

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard comes in a separate retail box. Here is our unboxing video.

 

Samsung Book Cover Keyboard : A Must-Have!

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard uses a two-piece design – a front keyboard cover, and a back cover that doubles as a kickstand.

It transforms your Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S7+ tablet into a virtual laptop, thanks to its integrated keyboard and touchpad.

The kickstand with its “free stop hinge” lets you freely adjust the angle of the tablet all the way to 165°.

But the downsides with a kickstand design – it takes up more space, and works best on a flat surface.

It is rather heavy at 502 grams, but gives you not just a keyboard but a large trackpad as well. In fact, its trackpad is much larger than the trackpad from the Galaxy Tab S6‘s Book Cover Keyboard.

It also has 26% larger keycaps than the Tab S6 version, with a 18.3 mm key pitch. However, its odd-shaped Enter key will get some getting used to.

The Book Cover Keyboard also has an S Pen compartment which nicely fits over its dock, ensuring that you will never lose it.

This compartment is cleverly locked magnetically, and flips open when you need to take out the S Pen, or put it back.

The back cover is thick enough to properly protect the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+’s camera bump.

But that’s really not an issue because the S Pen compartment bulge conveniently keeps the camera bump off any surface you place it on.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | Tab S7+ : Performance Comparison!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ are both high-performance tablets, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

Let’s take a look at their performance, and see how they compare against other tablets and smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7  vs Galaxy Tab S7+ : A Quick Primer

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ are Samsung’s latest premium tablets, both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+.

The Galaxy Tab S7+ basically offers a large and better display with a larger battery and a better S Pen, over the Galaxy Tab S7.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Hands-On Preview!

For an easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Display Size 11-inch 12.4-inch
Display Type LTPS LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels (276 ppi) 1752 x 2800 pixels (266 ppi)
Display Features 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (Victus?)
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Prime core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650 (660 MHz)
RAM + Storage 6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage MicroSD Slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 8 MP camera
Main Cameras 13 MP main camera (f/2.0 aperture)
5 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Audio Quad Speakers tuned by AKG (with Dolby Atmos)
Battery 8,000 mAh 10,090 mAh
Dimensions 165.3 mm wide
253.8 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
185.0 mm wide
285.0 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight 498 g (Wi-Fi)
500 g (LTE)
502 g (5G)
575 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : PCMark

Work 2.0 Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855 Kirin 990 SD 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
12348 10523 9471 8575 8384
Web Browsing 11864 8865 7792 6723 6768
Video Editing 7664 6232 6038 5656 5948
Writing 12659 11112 10919 10969 9226
Photo Editing 26230 30789 20161 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 9511 6825 7356 6952 6339

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :

It only lost out to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the Photo Editing test – by 15%.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : 3DMark

3DMark Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
MatePad Pro
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 SD 855+ SD 855 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6958 6642 6258 5487 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 6457 5722 5386 4808 4283
Sling Shot 8793 8128 8127 7241 4323

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ also delivered the best gaming performance in the 3DMark test. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ Performance : AnTuTu

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S7 / S7+
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra
MatePad
Pro
Black Shark
2 Pro
Xiaomi
Mi 9
Device SD 865+ Exynos 990 Kirin 990 SD 855+ SD 855
AnTuTu Score 577726 522735 446098 434168 371473
CPU 161243 146783 135977 126170 126011
GPU 230859 215205 144098 188158 156318
Memory 98269 89376 100944 65052 77763
UX 87355 71371 65079 54788 11381

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 / S7+ also delivered the best performance in AnTuTu. On average, it was :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 | S7+ : Price + Availability

The smaller Galaxy Tab S7 will be available in Fall 2020, with a lower starting price of $649.99 in the US, and its optional keyboard at $199.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is also available in Fall 2020 with a starting price of $849.99 in the US, with its optional keyboard at $229.99.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus : Hands-On Preview!

Here in Malaysia, both models are available for purchase, with these colour options :

  • Galaxy Tab S7 : RM 3,299 (roughly US$790 | £600 | A$1090 | S$1080)
    Available in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver colour options
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ : RM 4,599 (roughly US$1,100 | £836 | A$1520 | S$1508)
    Available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze colour options

They will be available for purchase from these online Samsung stores in Malaysia, starting 28 August 2020 :

 

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2020 HUAWEI MatePad : Mid-Range Tablet With 2K Display!

HUAWEI just unveiled the 2020 MatePad – a mid-range variant of their MatePad Pro tablet, with a 2K display.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the 2020 HUAWEI MatePad tablet!

2020 HUAWEI MatePad : Mid-Range Tablet With 2K Display!

The 2020 HUAWEI MatePad is a mid-range 10.4-inch tablet, boasting a 2K display with narrow 7.9 mm bezels.

Built around the 7nm HUAWEI Kirin 810, it features fast CPU and GPU cores, with an NPU based on the new Da Vinci architecture.

It offers an immersive audio experience with four Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, with 4-channel output and HUAWEI Histen 6.0 3D sound effects.

Powering it is a large 7,250 mAh battery, offering up to 12 hours of video playback time, and 7 hours of 3D gaming. Its 10 watt charger takes just under 4 hours to fully recharge its battery.

You can extend its capabilities using the optional M-Pencil with ultra-low latency, as well as the keyboard which doubles as a protective cover.

Like other recent HUAWEI tablets and smartphones, it supports Multi-screen Collaboration, and HUAWEI MeeTime – a native chat app that supports 1080p video calling and remote screen sharing.

 

2020 HUAWEI MatePad : Specifications

Here are the key specifications of the 2020 HUAWEI MatePad tablet :

Specifications 2020 HUAWEI MatePad
Display 10.4-inch IPS Display
1200 x 2000 pixels, 470 nits
Operating System HUAWEI EMUI 10.1
with HUAWEI Mobile Services
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 810
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.27 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.88 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G52
RAM + Storage 3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Cameras Front : 8 MP ultra-wide
Rear : 8 MP with flash
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor No
Other Sensors Ambient Light
Colour Temperature
Compass
Gravity
Hall Sensor (proximity)
Audio 4 x microphones
4 x Harman Kardon-tuned speakers
4-channel audio output
HUAWEI Histen 6.0 3D sound
Stylus HUAWEI M-Pencil (optional)
Battery 7,250 mAh battery
Charger 10 watt fast charger
Dimensions 245.2 mm wide
154.96 mm tall
7.35 mm thick
Weight 450 g

 

2020 HUAWEI MatePad : Price + Launch Deal!

The 2020 HUAWEI MatePad tablet is available starting 9 September 2020, at this SRP :

  • Malaysia : RM1,399 (around US$336 / £252 / A$456 / S$456)

As a launch promotion, HUAWEI is offering these freebies (worth RM500) :

  • HUAWEI MatePad Keyboard
  • HUAWEI Video for 3 months (The Explorers & Oello Concerts channel)
  • HUAWEI Book (valid till 31st December 2020)
  • HUAWEI Member Center Rewards
  • HUAWEI Cloud Storage 15GB for 12 months

Here are the direct online purchase options :

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro In-Depth Review : A Great Bargain!

We had some time with the HUAWEI MatePad Pro – a premium 10.8-inch tablet built around the Kirin 990 flagship platform.

Find out why we love its complete tablet experience so much, we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : 10.8-inch Flagship Tablet

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) is a flagship tablet with a 10.8-inch display. It uses an LCD panel, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Built around the HUAWEI Kirin 990 flagship mobile platform, it features fast CPU and GPU cores and two neural processing cores.

HUAWEI is offering it in 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi variants, with 6 GB or 8 GB memory options, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB.

Our review sample is the Wi-Fi only model (MRX-W09), with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Here is our hands-on experience!

Holding the MatePad Pro vertically, on the left side, you will find its SIM / NM card tray.

In 5G / 4G models, the tray accepts either two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and an NM card.

In Wi-Fi only models like this one – the tray only accepts a single NM card.

The Volume control buttons are located at the top of the right side, near the front and rear cameras.

Next to it is another one of the five microphones that are used to help you record better audio with noise cancellation.

The Power button is located at the top, near the Volume control buttons on the right side. You will also see two rows of speaker ports at the top.

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro actually has a Harman Kardon-tuned quad-speaker system. The other two speakers are located at the bottom, flanking its USB Type C port.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : A Complete Package

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) can be purchased as a tablet alone. But HUAWEI offers a bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) which includes the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and M-pencil.

The Smart Magnetic Keyboard doubles as a case, and offers two stand angles, and a keyboard with 1.3 mm keystroke travel.

The HUAWEI M-pencil is a full-sized stylus with a built-in battery, that lets you writer and draw directly on the MatePad Pro with 4,096 pressure levels.

Both accessories lock magnetically to, and is powered by the MatePad Pro. The M-pencil can also be recharged by any device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.

This nice bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) gives you a complete tablet experience, right out of the box.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available in the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options at these launch prices :

  • 5G (6GB + 128GB) : €599
  • 5G (8GB + 256GB) : €699
  • Wi-Fi (8GB + 256GB) : RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790

Malaysia

Occasionally, HUAWEI offers the MatePad Pro with a free Smart Magnetic Keyboard and a free M-Pencil – saving you RM 798!

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Key Features

Flagship Kirin 990 Mobile Platform

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) uses the latest Kirin 990 mobile SoC, which also powers the P40 Pro smartphones.

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 features a triple-tier architecture, with :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.09 GHz (2.36 GHz for Kirin 990 5G)
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.86 GHz (1.95 GHz for Kirin 990 5G)

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture.

The regular Kirin 990 has with 1 Big Core NPU + 1 Tiny Core NPU, while the Kirin 990 5G has 2 Big Core NPUs + 1 Tiny Core NPU.

RAM + Storage

Our review sample was the MRX-W09 model, with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Out of the 8 GB of RAM, 5.46 GB is available to use – more than enough to easily run multiple apps at the same time.

For perspective, high-end mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM.

And out of the box, you have a whopping 241 GB of free storage space – enough to store some 68,000 photos!

256 GB of storage is definitely more than sufficient for most users. But if you ever run out of storage, you can always add additional storage through an NM card.

The NM card is basically a microSD card in the size of a nano SIM card. However, because it is a proprietary HUAWEI storage technology, NM cards cost more than microSD cards, and are harder to come by.

10.8-inch DCI-P3 Display

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) comes with a large 10.8-inch display, with a high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Thanks to its punch hole camera and narrow 4.9 mm bezels, it has a very impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The display has a maximum brightness of 540 nits, which allows for pretty good viewing outdoors, just not under direct sunlight.

More importantly, its wide DCI-P3 colour gamut allows it to accurately replicate the digital movie experience.

Front Camera

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a decent 8 MP front camera, hidden in a punch hole.

Surprisingly, it can record 4K videos at 30 fps, or 1080p videos at 60 fps. And its large f/2.0 aperture allows for better low-light performance.

Rear Camera

At the back, it has a 13 MP camera with a large f/1.8 aperture for even better low-light performance.

Like the front 8 MP camera, it is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, or 1080p videos at either 30 fps or 60 fps.

This camera is supported by a single LED flash, and a microphone for better audio recording.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Specifications (5G / 4G / Wi-Fi)

For your convenience, we created this table to make it easier for you to compare the 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi versions of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro :

MatePad Pro
(5G)
MatePad Pro
(4G)
MatePad Pro
(WiFi)
Model MRX-AN09 MRX-AL09
MRX-AL19
MRX-W09
MRX-W19
Display 10.8-inch LCD display
– 2560 x 1600 pixels, 540 nits, DCI-P3 colour gamut
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 990
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.86 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MC16
Memory +
Storage Options
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage (AL09 / W09)
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage (AL09 / W09 / W19)
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage (AN09 / AL19)
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 8 MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture)
Rear Camera 13 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture)
Network 5G NR + 4G 4G LTE NA
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 (with OTG)
GPS W09/W19 : GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
AL09/AL19 : GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
M-pencil Optional, 4096 pressure levels
Fingerprint Sensor No
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Hall, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Colour Temperature
NFC No
Audio HUAWEI Histen 6.0
Battery
+ Charging
7,250 mAh
– 40 W fast charging
– 27 W wireless charging
– 7.5 W reverse wireless
7,250 mAh
– 20 W fast charging
– 15 W wireless charging
– 7.5 W reverse wireless
Dimensions 246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.99 mm thick
246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.2 mm (AL09/ W09)
7.99 mm thick (AL19/W19)
Weight 492 g AL09/W09 : 460 g
AL19/W19 : 492 g

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Battery Life

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a massive 7,250 mAh battery. To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the room brightness changed.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained :

That’s a phenomenal 14 hours of battery life on a large 10.8-inch display! Very impressive!

Do remember that the display was set to a slightly higher brightness while running the benchmark non-stop for a full 14 hours.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Recharging Speed

Our Wi-Fi only model supports 20 watt fast charging, like the 4G models. But do keep in mind that the 5G models support 27 watt fast charging.

Take a look at how fast the HUAWEI MatePad Pro recharges its 7,250 mAh battery using 20 watt fast charging!

Impressive! The HUAWEI MatePad Pro only took 1 hour 38.5 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That gives it a recharging speed of about 58.9 mAh per minute, which is actually faster than some devices that support 25W or 27W fast charging.

This gives it a good battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you just need to charge it for 7 minutes.

Incidentally, it recharged fastest up to the 90% point, which took just 1 hour 15.5 minutes. The final 10% required an additional 23 minutes.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Work Performance : PCMark

We tested its performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Exynos 9825 Kirin 990 Snapdragon 855+
Performance Score
(Average)
10678 8981 8575 8384
Web Browsing 9287 8293 6723 6768
Video Editing 6331 9166 5656 5948
Writing 11660 9579 10969 9226
Photo Editing 29560 19376 15991 17595
Data Manipulation 6849 6155 6952 6339
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note10+ Black Shark 2 Pro
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The Kirin 990 may not be as fast as the greatly improved Samsung Exynos 990, but it certainly offers flagship-class performance.

You will note that it is slightly faster than the Snapdragon 855+, which is overclocked version of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 mobile SoC.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Gaming Performance : 3DMark

We tested its gaming performance using 3DMark, with these results.

3DMark Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
MatePad Pro
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825 Kirin 990
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6723 6258 5037 4865
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5848 5386 4794 4283
Sling Shot 8075 8127 4883 4323
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+
Price Check US | UKMY | SG | AU UKMY | SG | AU USUKMY US | UKMY | SG | AU

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 is definitely not as fast as the new Samsung Exynos 990, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, but it’s no slouch.

It roughly performs at the same level as last year’s Exynos 9825 that powered the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, can easily handle any games thrown at it.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Gaming Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested it using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Galaxy
S20 Ultra
MatePad Pro Black Shark
2 Pro
Galaxy
Note10+
Mobile Platform Exynos 990 Kirin 990 Snapdragon 855+ Exynos 9825
AnTuTu Score 518159 446098 434168 348397
CPU 151510 135977 126170 101187
GPU 218164 144098 1881588 156700
Memory 78457 100944 65052 72051
UX 70028 65079 54788 18459
Review Links Galaxy S20 Ultra Black Shark 2 Pro Galaxy Note10+
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According to AnTuTu though, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) is actually slightly faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, and just 14% slower than the Samsung Exynos 990.

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Our Verdict + Award

If you are looking for a powerful tablet that is also affordable, the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) will be right at the top of the list.

Built around the powerful Kirin 990 mobile platform, it comes with a large 10.8-inch DCI-P3 display, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

All that is powered by a large 7,250 mAh battery (which lasted 14 hours in our test!), packed in a sleek metal chassis that is less than 8 mm thin, and weighs just 460 grams.

Best of all – HUAWEI is only selling it at the RRP of RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790.

Its closest competitor is the 11-inch Apple iPad Pro, and that costs a whooping RM 3,949 / ~US$923 / ~£739 / ~A$1,342 / ~S$1,285 – a 65% premium over the MatePad Pro!

And it gets even better when you add in the accessories. To make it easier to compare, we created this table :

HUAWEI MatePad Pro
(8GB + 256GB)
Apple iPad Pro
(11-inch)
Difference
Tablet Only RM 2,399
~US$551
~£445
~A$909
~S$790
RM 3,949
~US$923
~£739
~A$1,342
~S$1,285
+65%
Tablet
+ Stylus
+ Keyboard
RM 3,197
~US$747
~£596
~A$1,086
~S$1,040
RM 5,847
~US$1,367
~£1,091
~A$1,986
~S$1,903
+83%

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro with all of its accessories has a RRP of RM 3,197 / ~US$747 / ~£596 / ~A$1,086 / ~S$1,040.

But while Apple products have fixed prices, you can actually get the full MatePad Pro bundle at lower prices. For example, the official bundle deals for Midnight Grey | Pearl White here in Malaysia.

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro definitely wins hands down, based on value proposition alone. You can actually buy two full MatePad Pro bundles (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) for the price of a single 11-inch iPad Pro bundle, and have enough money leftover for a nice meal for two!

That is why we are very glad to give the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : No Google Mobile Services?

Now, let’s address elephant in the room – the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) runs on EMUI 10.1, with HMS (HUAWEI Mobile Services), instead of GMS (Google Mobile Services).

This means you no longer have access to the Google Play Store, and have to use HUAWEI AppGallery instead.

This is really not a big issue for many users, because HUAWEI has worked hard to add many key apps to their AppGallery. You can see just how many apps are already available on AppGallery in this video :

Even so, there is simply no way for HUAWEI to replicate the tons of Android apps that are already on Google Play Store.

For apps that are not available on the HUAWEI AppGallery, you will have to use HUAWEI Phone Clone, or directly download their APK installation files from APK repositories.

The lack of Google Play Services and the Google Play Store will, undoubtedly, be an issue for many users. Some Android require GMS for certain features :

  • Telegram : GMS is required for location services. You can use it, you just cannot search for a location, or share your location.
  • Gmail : You will have to use a different email client, like Outlook. Or just use a web browser to get access to Gmail.
  • YouTube : The YouTube app requires GMS, so you will have to watch YouTube on a web browser.
  • Grab : The Grab app requires GMS for mapping functions. You can use it, but you won’t be able to locate your current position, or track your trip.

That’s why we cannot give the MatePad Pro our Editor’s Choice Award, even though it would have qualified.

But if you can live with what’s available on HUAWEI AppGallery, or are comfortable downloading from APK repositories, then the HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) offers truly great value for your money.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available in the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options at these launch prices :

  • 5G (6GB + 128GB) : €599
  • 5G (8GB + 256GB) : €699
  • Wi-Fi (8GB + 256GB) : RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790

Malaysia

Occasionally, HUAWEI offers the MatePad Pro with a free Smart Magnetic Keyboard and a free M-Pencil – saving you RM 798!

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Complete Bundle Deal For 7/7 Only!

The awesome HUAWEI MatePad Pro complete bundle deal has been revived for ONE DAY ONLY – on 7/7that’s tomorrow

Find out what the special HUAWEI MatePad Pro complete bundle deal all about, and why this is such a great deal!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro Complete Bundle : What Is It?

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro (US | UKMY | SG | AU) can be purchased as a tablet alone. But HUAWEI offers a bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) which includes the Smart Magnetic Keyboard and M-pencil.

The Smart Magnetic Keyboard doubles as a case, and offers two stand angles, and a keyboard with 1.3 mm keystroke travel.

The HUAWEI M-pencil is a full-sized stylus with a built-in battery, that lets you writer and draw directly on the MatePad Pro with 4,096 pressure levels.

Both accessories lock magnetically to, and is powered by the MatePad Pro. The M-pencil can also be recharged by any device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.

This nice bundle (Midnight Grey | Pearl White) gives you a complete tablet experience, right out of the box.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Complete Bundle Deal For 7/7 Only!

For one day only – 7 July 2020 – you will be able to purchase the complete HUAWEI MatePad Pro bundle for the same price as the tablet alone.

In other words, you will get the Smart Magnetic Keyboard (worth RM 499) and the HUAWEI M-Pencil (worth RM 299) for FREE! That’s RM 798 of savings right there!

Just make sure you buy them on 7 July 2020 – the sales start at 12:01 AM sharp :

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro Price + Pre-Order Deal For Malaysia!

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro flagship table is available for pre-order in Malaysia starting today! Pre-order it to get RM 1,000 in freebies!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is a flagship tablet with a 10.8-inch display. It uses an LCD panel, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut.

It is built around the HUAWEI Kirin 990, which is a flagship mobile platform, featuring fast CPU and GPU cores and neural processing cores.

All that is powered by a large 7,250 mAh battery, with a rated battery life of 12 hours!

Full Details : HUAWEI MatePad Pro : 10.8-inch Flagship Tablet Preview!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Pre-Order Deal For Malaysia!

HUAWEI is offering the MatePad Pro at an awesome price of just RM 2,399 / ~US$551 / ~£445 / ~A$909 / ~S$790.

It is now available in either the Midnight Grey or Pearl White colour options, with freebies worth RM 1,000!

  • FREE HUAWEI MatePad Pro Keyboard
  • FREE HUAWEI M-Pen
  • 3-Month subscription to HUAWEI Video

You can order the HUAWEI MatePad Pro from the official online HUAWEI store :

The pre-order offer above is only valid from 3 to 10 April 2020, and deliveries will begin on 11 April 2020.

 

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HUAWEI MatePad Pro : 10.8-inch Flagship Tablet Preview!

We recently had the opportunity to get our hands on the upcoming HUAWEI MatePad Pro – a 10.8-inch tablet built around the Kirin 990 flagship platform.

Take a look at the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, and see if this is the tablet for you!

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : 10.8-inch Flagship Tablet

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is a flagship tablet with a 10.8-inch display. It uses an LCD panel, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a wide DCI-P3 colour gamut.

It is built around the HUAWEI Kirin 990, which is a flagship mobile platform, featuring fast CPU and GPU cores and neural processing cores.

HUAWEI is offering it in 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi variants, with 6 GB or 8 GB memory options, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB.

It comes with an 8 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, and a 13 MP main camera at the back, with f/1.8 aperture.

All that is powered by a large 7,250 mAh battery, with a rated battery life of 12 hours. The 5G model supports 27 watt fast-charging, while the 4G and Wi-Fi models support 20 watt fast-charging.

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Specifications (5G / 4G / Wi-Fi)

For your convenience, we created this table to make it easier for you to compare the 5G, 4G and Wi-Fi versions of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro :

MatePad Pro (5G) MatePad Pro (4G) MatePad Pro (WiFi)
Model MRX-AN09 MRX-AL09
MRX-AL19
MRX-W09
MRX-W19
Display 10.8-inch LCD display
– 2560 x 1600 pixels, 540 nits, DCI-P3 colour gamut
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G HUAWEI Kirin 990
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.09 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.86 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MC16
Memory +
Storage Options
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage (AL09 / W09)
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage (AL09 / W09 / W19)
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage (AN09 / AL19)
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 8 MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture)
Rear Camera 13 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture)
Network 5G NR + 4G 4G LTE NA
Connectivity WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1 (with OTG)
GPS W09/W19 : GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
AL09/AL19 : GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS
M-pencil Optional, 4096 pressure levels
Fingerprint Sensor No
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Hall, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Colour Temperature
NFC No
Audio HUAWEI Histen 6.0
Battery + Charging 7,250 mAh
– 27 W fast charging
7,250 mAh
– 20 W fast charging
Dimensions 246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.99 mm thick
246 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.2 mm (AL09/ W09)
7.99 mm thick (AL19/W19)
Weight 492 g AL09/W09 : 460 g
AL19/W19 : 492 g

 

HUAWEI MatePad Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available in selected countries at these launch prices :

  • 5G (6GB + 128GB) : €599
  • 5G (8GB + 256GB) : €699

Here are some online purchase links :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

  • WiFi (128 GB, White) : $649
  • WiFi (128 GB, Gray) : $649.99

Australia

 

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Apple iPad 7th Gen vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 : Who Wins?

After a hiatus of 18 months, Apple finally launched the 7th Generation iPad – at around the same time Samsung released their Galaxy Tab S6.

So how do these two tablets compare against each other? Let’s pit the 7th Gen iPad against the Galaxy Tab S6 and find out!

Note : This is not a fair comparison because the 7th Gen iPad is a mid-range device, while the Galaxy Tab S6 is a flagship device. Yet, there are people who are actively considering these two options – this comparison is for them.

 

iPad 7th Gen vs Galaxy Tab S6 Compared!

Display : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

They both have similarly-sized display – the 7th Gen iPad has a 10.2-inch display, while the Galaxy Tab S6 has a slightly larger 10.5-inch display.

The 7th Gen iPad has a resolution of 1620 x 2160 pixels, with a pixel density of 264 ppi. The Galaxy Tab S6, on the other hand, has a wider display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels and a slightly higher pixel density of 287 ppi.

But what won us over was the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6’s Super AMOLED display, which is certainly superior to the iPad’s IPS display.

Design : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Design-wise, they are very similar – large slabs of glass and metal. However, the Galaxy Tab S6 has a far more refined design with narrow bezels, while Apple maintained the iPad’s classic large bezels.

This allows the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 to give you a larger display in a 11% smaller form factor than the 7th Gen iPad.

Performance : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 – a 2018 flagship mobile SoC (like the Kirin 980 used in the new HUAWEI MediaPad M6).

So it runs rings around the Apple A10 Fusion, which was introduced in September 2016, as these results show!

Benchmarks Samsung Galaxy
Tab S6
Apple iPad
7th Generation
Difference
AnTuTu 441,406 260,080 +69.7%
Ice Storm Unlimited 78,767 38,262 +105.9%
Sling Shot 7,051 3,464 +103.6%
Sling Shot Extreme 5,277 2,559 +106.2%

RAM + Storage : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a base configuration of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB of storage, with the option for 8 GB RAM + 256 GB of storage. It even comes with a microSD card slot, so you can add up to 1 TB of additional storage!

The Apple iPad 7th Gen tablet, in contrast, only comes with 3 GB of RAM, and either 32 GB or 128 GB of storage. Needless to say – the iPad does not come with any microSD card slot, or any other external storage option.

Cameras : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Unbelievably, Apple continues to use the ancient 1.2 MP front camera in the 7th iteration of the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has a far superior 8 MP front camera, with a brighter f/2.0 aperture.

In the back, Apple retained the old 8 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. The Galaxy Tab S6 offers a dual-camera system – a 13 MP main camera, and a 5 MP ultra-wide camera.

This is an easy win for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 over the Apple iPad 7th Gen.

Stylus : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and the Apple iPad 7th Gen support the use of a stylus.

Apple has repeatedly declined to reveal the pressure sensitivity of their Apple Pencil, even while Samsung proudly declares that their S Pen supports 4,096 pressure levels.

On top of that, the Galaxy Tab S6 ships with the S Pen included, while the iPad does not – you need to pay an extra $99 for the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Connectivity : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Because it’s built around a newer platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 supports up to LTE Cat 20, WiFi-AC and Bluetooth 5.0.

The Apple iPad 7th Gen supports WiFi-AC as well, but falls short in LTE and Bluetooth connectivity – it only supports “Gigabit-class LTE”, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Audio : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a quad speaker system tuned by AKG, as well as support for Dolby Atmos. The Apple iPad, on the other hand, only comes with stereo speakers.

Fingerprint Sensor : Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has an optical fingerprint sensor placed under the display, while the 7th Gen iPad continues to use the same old Touch ID sensor that is integrated into the Home button.

Functionally, they are similar, but the more expensive optical in-display fingerprint sensor allows for a more compact form factor.