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Samsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

The choice of Android tablets particularly those targeting the higher-end productivity market has just become more interesting with the announcement of a new device from Samsung.

Adopting a 10.5” Super AMOLED (2500 x 1600 pixel) display with a squarer 16:10 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is targeting demanding creatives and Apple’s compact version of iPad Pro.

You can choose between two WiFI models with either 64 or 256GB storage along with expansion via microSD, and a third LTE version will be introduced at initially Verizon, with other providers to follow later in the year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

The Galaxy Tab S4 is delivered with an S Pen stylus making it immediately attractive for image editing tasks and it is the first tablet to support Samsung’s DeX desktop-like system with taskbar, multiple windows and improved file access than the more usual mobile oriented Android interface.

When not using the pen or onscreen keyboard, an optionally available Book Cover Keyboard provides a more typical laptop experience, and doubles up as a screen protector protects when not in use.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

At the rear the Tab S4 has a built-in 13MP camera with a wide-angle F1.9 aperture lens that while not quite on a par with Samsung’s more recent higher-end smartphone offerings should be more than capable of capturing useful imagery when the opportunity presents itself or when you’re without your usual camera.

According to Samsung the Tab S4 powers up quickly, has fast charging and the 7,300 mAh battery provides enough life for up to 16 hours of video playback from a single charge. In addition to built-in quad speakers (tuned by specialist AKG) with Dolby Atmos surround sound, Samsung hasn’t disposed of the usual 3.5mm headphone socket, so you can use your favorite headphones for an even more emmersive experience.

Shipments begin August 10th and preorders are open already at Amazon, Best Buy and the website, with the 64GB model priced at $650, rising to $750 for the 256 GB version. A LTE version will also be available from August 10th at Verizon. The optional keyboard/cover will set you back a further $150 though Samsung are offering an introductory 50% off ($74.99) if reserved now with the Tab S4 between now and September 8th from the website.

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