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My (short) wishlist for the Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung is currently working on the Galaxy Tab S4, which is expected to make an official appearance at the IFA in September. Samsung has announced many tablets in the last couple of years, and while some of them hit it off, others weren’t as well received. I remember the time the Galaxy Tab S was released back in 2014 and made us jump with joy as Samsung brought the AMOLED display back to its tablet lineup. All those vivid colors on a screen that big? Exactly what we needed, especially after Samsung was forced to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7, its first tablet with an AMOLED display, thanks to Apple and decided to make tablets with LCD displays for the next couple of years.

Looking back, one can argue that the best thing about the Galaxy Tab S was that its screen had a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is still the best for watching videos on a mobile device. Many were disappointed when Samsung decided to make the switch to a 4:3 aspect ratio with the Galaxy Tab S2 and stuck with it for the Galaxy Tab S3 as well. 4:3 displays are great for reading books and browsing the internet, but what about those of us who spend most of our time watching YouTube videos and movies on Netflix while we’re traveling?

Samsung needs to think of us binge watchers

The Galaxy Tab S2 and Tab S3 offer a “reading mode” simply by having a 4:3 aspect ratio, but there’s no “movie mode”, and I think it’s time for Samsung to fix that by bringing back the 16:10 display from the first Galaxy Tab S. In fact, it would be great if the company could complete its “Infinity” lineup by putting an Infinity Display on the tablet, with the home button getting the boot.Β Yes, you do need some bezels on a tablet to make sure it isn’t a handling nightmare, and an Infinity Display would make for an oddly thin and long device that doesn’t look so great in a tablet form factor, but do the bezels need to be so big?

Also, can we finally have water resistance on a mainstream Galaxy tablet? You know, for the times we use our tablets in the bathtub at the end of a long and tiring day? Adding water resistance will probably raise the price tag by a fair margin and affect sales, but then again, it’s not like Samsung’s high-end tablets aren’t already overpriced.

But at the end of the day, it’s really the 16:10 display that I wish Samsung would reintroduce, and I’m sure many will agree. The company’s smartphone lineup is currently making the transition to 18:5:9 aspect ratio, and it would be disappointing to see the Galaxy Tab S4 touting the reading-friendly 4:3 aspect ratio at this point in time. Forget the Infinity Display, and forget water resistance. Just give me a display that’s suitable for viewing videos as they are meant to be viewed, and Samsung will have my money.

What do you think? Do you agree the 16:10 aspect ratio needs to come back with Samsung’s next high-end tablet? Get a discussion going in the comments!

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Bluepig
Bluepig

If Samsung yet again releases a tablet with a long since antiquated chipset (835), I will stop being a customer. This “two versions behind” Apple legacy has to be broken. And while Samsung will only be one chipset back, the 855 will not be long until it is released. I had the Galaxy Tab S3 and loved it, but downsized to the ASUS 3S 10, and while not as fast as the 3s 10 comes in at half the price. I’ve been holding out for the Tab S4, unfortunately, the specs and news is very disappointing.

krjal
krjal

The Tab S 8.4 and 10.1 were Samsung’s best Android tablets. Hopefully this year with the Tab S4 they return to the more productive aspect ratio. I don’t need a toy like all these 4:3 ratio tablets.

Upgrading my Tab S will be well worth it if I can add a Wacom digitiser to a 16:10 device.

rosetto
rosetto

I totally disagree with the article.

Galaxy Tab S2 / S3 are meant for reading experience. Once you get rid of that feature you get another consumer entertaniment device

VASOO7
VASOO7

I guess if Samsung could come up how to make 4:3 setting for reading and 16:10 say video setting that would please everyone. For me, I use 16:10 and read books every day. Never had a problem, I can set what zoom level I prefer for the specific book, then I open video viewer and watch video on 16:10 and so far it’s been great.

VASOO7
VASOO7

Dear SAMSUNG PLEASE make Galaxy Tab S4 with amoled display 10.5″/ resolution, 2560 x 1600 pixels or more, 16:10 ratio for video preview Dolby Atmos for great sound as in S9+ (or DAC chip as in LG V20/V30 what a great sound and recording capabilities that produces). Continued: 4gb of RAM not less, 6gb preferable, 64Gb ROM or more plus microSD expansion, battery 7900mAh or more, 3.5mm headphone jack, bluetooth 4 and up. PLEASE NO WINDOWS 10 FOR GODE SAKE we have laptops for that!!! Tab S4 BE ON DROID PLATFORM!!! I would pay the price we paid for S1… Read more »

The Nekozilla
The Nekozilla

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parshakov
parshakov

A question to those who used their Tab S2 or Tab S3 for reading: did the screen acquire a green or red tint over time? Using a tablet with an amoled display for reading sounds like a terrible idea to me.

I hope they release a Netflix addition with a 13″ 4K 16:9 display that could also be used as a computer monitor.

CatDad
CatDad

Good article and excellent discussion. Interesting to hear the differing points of view. I’ve had several Galaxy tablets, 6 or 7 at this point, and my favorite so far is S2 8 inch model. While I get the argument for 16:9 displays, I believe the 4:3 display is much easier to handle. My wish list for the S4 includes front facing speakers, 4k HDR display and continued 4;3 dimension. Bringing back 8 inch version would be great for people like me who find the larger 9.7 size a little tough to hold for extended periods. Hope someone at Samsung is… Read more »

bakpau
bakpau

I prefer 4:3 aspect ratio, i do a lot of reading on it, and some multimedia tasks, such as watching movies (hope for the native support for hdr), and ip rating for water resistant would be great, and please bring back the smaller version……….. 8 inch tablet back to life……

MStuart
MStuart

My shortlist:

– 10.5″ 1:√2 ratio
– Proper Amoled: break the barrier of 300 ppi once and for all, no black crushing, no purple smearing
– No glass back

That’s it. Don’t do anything stupid like getting rid of bezels or silly round corners and I’ll pay whatever they ask for such a tablet. Not going to happen though: their displays haven’t really improved in four years and the issues with the original Tab S are still there.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

A tablet with an unbalanced format which is only good for watching videos is not a good idea. The aspect ratio on the iPad is one thing they got right.

Nabam Novin peter
Nabam Novin peter

I have Samsung galaxy Tab s 10.5 inch it is awesome still m use it for the game like c.o.c n net surfing whole day still battery is remaining.
It’s battery backup is awesome i enjoy whole day in full charge.
But one things is I hate is not supported otg n pen drive.
Overall it’s performance is awesome.
Love it’s tanx Samsung for this.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yes 16:9 is the way to go. 10.5 inch is good but a mini 8.4 variant would also be welcome.
Still rocking my tab S 8.4

Art3misFowl
Art3misFowl

I so agree with this article. The way I see it, the Tab S was the best tablet ever made, but after that, with the fail of the terrible Tab S2 and of tablets in general in 2015, Samsung and other manufacturers seemed to believe that the lack of sales was due to a lack of interest for the consumers. IMHO, they were wrong, the lack of interest was solely due to a lack of investment and new ideas. My proof? The iPad Pro 10.5, first serious attempt at a tablet since 2014, sold like mad. Samsung, however, is not… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

immersive mode has been around since lollypop, i.e. the onscreen button disappear/are hidden in apps – that would count towards the infinity display

MStuart
MStuart

Tab S is 16:10 to begin with. Garbage article.

MarkVrijenhoek
MarkVrijenhoek

I wish for on-screen buttons just like they did with the Galaxy S8. For me it feels weird to use the hardware buttons, coming from a Google Nexus 9 tablet.

PJaya
PJaya

I also prefer on screen button like tab 2 7.0
Now i using tab a 2017 i not comfort with hardware buttton.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yes! My Tab S battery is just dead now. Can barely use it but I’m still in awe at its beautiful AMOLED display – surprisingly don’t get the same effect from my galaxy book 😞
16:9 is essential for me too!

stondec
stondec

I just want a tablet that’s as smooth and fast as my Note 8, 12 inch screen and as functional as the Note pro 12.2

Martez Ward
Martez Ward

The 16:9 is the deal breaker that’s why I stayed with the first generation

Shenoysiddhant
Shenoysiddhant

Why not rather keep the price lower than over pricing it

C F
C F

Isnt 4:3 just because its 4k

locarno
locarno

Where I can find more info about Galaxy Tab 7.7 and it history with Apple ?

DeeinSouthAfrica
DeeinSouthAfrica

Oh please yes. I had a Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. Gsmarena.com says it had a 16:10 ratio. It was awesome. Then I did a stupid thing and sold it for the Tab S2. When that got stolen I got the Tab S3. This Tab S3 with its 4:3 ratio is okay, but only because bitching ain’t gonna help.

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