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.
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.
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
S7 / S7+
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was, undoubtedly, the king of work applications. It was, on average :
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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 :
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 platform. In most benchmarks, it was significantly faster than the Samsung Exynos 990.
PCMark : +19.4% faster
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) : +4.8% faster
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) : +12.8% faster
Sling Shot : +8.2% faster
Geekbench (Single Core) : +2.2% faster
AnTuTu : +10.5% faster
The Samsung Exynos 990 was only slightly faster in a single benchmark :
Geekbench (Multi Core) : +0.5% faster
That said, these are benchmark results. You are unlikely to actually notice the performance difference in real world usage, even in high-end games.
Samsung appears to acknowledge this performance difference, and compensate for it by giving Exynos models double the storage – 256 GB instead of 128 GB.
So if you have the option to choose between the Snapdragon and Exynos versions of the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it’s really a choice between the faster Snapdragon 865+ platform, or the slower Exynos 990 with double the storage.
Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : PCMark
The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in these tests :
Data Manipulation : +42%
Web Browsing 2.0 : +37.4%
Overall Work 2.0 : +19.4%
Writing 2.0 : +13.6%
The Exynos 990 was faster than the Snapdragon 865+ in one test :
Photo Editing 2.0 : +12%
Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Exynos 990 : 3DMark
The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in all three benchmarks :
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) : +4.8%
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) : +12.8%
Sling Shot : +8.2%
The Snapdragon 865+ was faster than the Exynos 990 in all six tests :