Samsung appears to be the only Android maker interested in premium tablets. By the way, it also had a lot of success with last year’s Galaxy S20 FE, offering flagship specs with cheaper materials and a few cut corners. So now, after many leaks, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is official. Samsung has also announced the Tab A7 Lite for the less lucrative but much broader budget tablet market.
Galaxy Tab S7 FE
The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a less expensive alternative to the Tab S7 +, especially with its impressive 12.4-inch screen size. It downsamples the resolution a bit to 2560×1600, but the bigger disappointment is that Samsung had to go with a cheaper LCD panel instead of the gorgeous AMOLED on the original. From the specs, it looks like it will be more premium than the previous Tab S6 Lite, but clearly falls short of the full-featured S7 or S7 +.
Samsung hasn’t revealed which processor it uses, but “Octa-core 2.2x2GHz + 6×1.8GHz” matches the Cortex A77 / A55 Snapdragon 750G found in the leaks. That’s pretty fast, but it’s a step down from last year’s top-end Snapdragon 865. It is paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage and a microSD card slot. There is no headphone jack.
The tablet will be available in 5G versions, but not in all regions. The Tab S7 FE uses one 8MP rear camera and one 5MP selfie camera, nothing too fancy with a generous 10,090mAh battery that charges up to 45W. The tablet will be available in black, silver, green and pink colors (all from the “Mystic” variety), and like last year’s S7 models, it includes an S Pen stylus in the box. Book covers and keyboards will be available at Samsung; pay attention to the POGO pin header on the bottom edge.
Samsung has not announced how much the Tab S7 FE will cost in the US. It will almost certainly be cheaper than the original Tab S7 and S7 + (retail price of $ 650/850 for basic Wi-Fi models), but how much is unclear. The tablet will go on sale worldwide in June.
Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
The Tab A7 is already on the “Lite” side of the S7 series, but for those looking for an even more affordable option, here it is. The A7 Lite is mid-sized for tablets with an 8.7-inch 1340×800 LCD screen, and its “octa-core” processor matches the Mediatek Helio P22T mentioned in earlier leaks. It has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on which model you buy, with 32GB or 64GB of storage respectively. Naturally, it includes a microSD card expansion.
Samsung will be selling Wi-Fi and LTE variants of the Tab A7 Lite, and the latter may not last long on a 5100mAh battery. It doesn’t help that the maximum charging power is 15W. As with the larger tablet, it is limited to only one camera on the back and front, 8MP and 2MP respectively. It comes in black or silver, and the Tab S7 FE lacks a headphone jack, but doesn’t include a stylus.
Samsung says the Tab A7 Lite will have an “affordable price”, presumably well below the Tab A7’s $ 230 retail price. It will also go on sale in June.