Editor's note (Jan. 15, 2019): An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the S4 is water resistant.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 is looking to merge work and play, providing one device for business owners to go from presenting in meetings to watching Netflix with their kids. The company's latest generation tablet comes with a new-and-improved S Pen, Samsung DeX and Samsung Knox security. It also has a larger screen, longer battery life than the S3 and immersive speakers.
The device goes on sale this fall, and the Wi-Fi version will retail for $649.99. The company is also offering LTE versions at major carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Verizon users will get the first opportunity to buy the LTE version of the Tab S4 (on sale August 10). The 10.5-inch screened tabled will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa Core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Tab S4 is a good next step in the Samsung tablet lineup. It joins other models like the Tab Active 2 and Galaxy Book as viable business tablet options. What separates the Tab S4, however, is a few key features. [Interested in business tablets? Check out our best picks.]
Samsung DeX allows users to transition their tablet from a mobile Android experience into a desktop experience. With an HDMI cord or USB-C multi-port adaptor, you can extend your desktop tablet experience onto an actual desktop monitor. The Tab S4 syncs with a Bluetooth mouse and can even function as a separate screen from what's displayed on your monitor, giving you more screen real estate to get things done.
Samsung has been working on DeX for a while, and recently introduced it during the release of its latest mobile phone: The Galaxy S9. DeX means business owners can hook their tablet up to their monitor at work and use it as their own computer. This versatility is unmatched by other business tablets of this nature.
Knox and eFota
The Tab S4 comes with Samsung Knox, the company's security offering that can protect business devices from hackers and other online threats. Knox was a big feature of the Tab Active 2 and allows IT managers to manage various security features on business devices. IT managers can also take advantage of eFota, which is a feature that offers over-the-air firmware support. These features provide business owners with security and the ability to manage multiple devices within an organization.
Samsung is including an S Pen with every Galaxy Tab S4 purchase. The S Pen for the Tab S4 has improved features, allowing for easier navigation and simpler writing. This is ideal for business owners looking to take notes directly on their tablet during meetings.
Screen size and battery
The Tab S4 has a larger screen than the S3 but is the same size. Samsung slimmed the bezel and opened the screen to 10.5 inches from 9.7. This provides are larger, more engaging experience for the user. It also means the users has even more space when in DeX mode. The S4 also comes with a 7300 mAh battery that supports fast charging and video playback for 16 hours. These additional features make it an ideal device for busy employees.