Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ review: The best Android tablet of 2020?

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Samsung is one of the few big consumer-tech companies that are still making good Android tablets, and the best they have on shelves right now is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+. It's a tablet that aims to compete with the best, including Apple's famous iPads. Among others, the Galaxy Tab S7+ features one very fast chipset, a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, and support for S Pen and Samsung DeX. All that is already more than enough to suspect that this Android tablet should be able to excel both in productivity and in multimedia consumption or gaming scenarios. We tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+, and we are now ready to share our findings with you. Read this review and find out what's great and what's not about it:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: Who is it good for?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is an excellent fit for:

  • Users who want a tablet with excellent hardware
  • People who want an Android tablet that's as good as Apple's finest iPad
  • People with a budget that’s suitable for more premium devices

Pros and cons

There are a lot of good things to say about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+:

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  • Beautiful Super AMOLED screen, with high resolution and refresh rate
  • Very powerful chipset with a high-end processor and graphics unit
  • Four excellent speakers that deliver impressive audio quality
  • Premium build quality and good design
  • Comes with a useful S Pen stylus
  • Support for DeX, a feature that makes the Android tablet feel more like a computer
  • Good cameras for a tablet
  • There is a version that also supports 5G mobile networks

There is a downside too about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+:

  • It is expensive, and the accessories for it are also costly
Product rating 5/5

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S7+ is the best tablet ever created by Samsung. It is a high-end, premium Android device that looks great, and the attention to detail is evident not only when it comes to build quality but also to software quality. Its hardware is the best you can get today in an Android tablet, allowing it to perform exquisitely in any kind of workload, from productivity to gaming. The DeX mode that turns its user interface into a computer-like experience and the included S Pen stylus are added benefits that make this tablet an even more attractive choice. If you have the budget for it, we warmly recommend it to you.

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ arrives in a large box made of premium shiny cardboard. On its top side, it features a large illustration of the tablet with both its front side and backside.

The box of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Android tablet

In the box, you get everything you'd expect: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet, a 15W charger, a USB-A to USB-C cable, an S-Pen, the user manual, and warranty documents.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: What's inside the box

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Android tablet is a straightforward experience. It comes in a good-looking box that bundles everything you'd expect.

Hardware specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ features a huge 12.4″ Super AMOLED display with an impressive resolution of 1752 x 2800 pixels. The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a high pixel density of about 266 ppi. Additionally, the screen also supports HDR10+ and a refresh rate of 120 Hz!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: Display specs

This Android tablet is powered by a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset built on a 7nm+ manufacturing process. The chipset offers an octa-core Kryo 585 processor with one core running at 3.09 GHz, three cores at 2.42 GHz, and four cores at 1.8 GHz. The graphics are delivered by an Adreno 650 GPU.

Regarding memory, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is available in two different configurations: 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB flash storage (the version we tested), or 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage. Both versions of the tablet use UFS 3.0 storage and include a microSDXC slot if you need to add some more storage using a memory card. In case you're wondering, UFS 3.0 is a flash memory standard that's used for high-end mobile devices and gives them the ability to use very fast flash memory. You can think of UFS 3.0 as an SSD standard for smartphones and tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: System specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet is one of the largest we've seen: 285 by 185 by 5.7 mm in height x width x thickness (11.22″ x 7.28″ x 0.22″). However, it weighs only 575 grams (or 1.27 pounds).

A view of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung put a massive battery inside this tablet that offers no more, no less than 10,090 mAh. Even more, the tablet also supports fast charging at up to 45W, although the charger supplied by Samsung in the box is a 15W one.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: Battery details

On the front side, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ includes an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture, capable of capturing video in 1080p. On the back, the tablet comes with two cameras. The main one has 13 megapixels, an f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and the ability to record video in 4K resolution. The secondary camera is an ultrawide one with 5 megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture. An LED flash also accompanies the rear cameras.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: Cameras specifications

In terms of ports and communication, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C 3.2 port, and a network chip that supports all the modern wireless standards, including Wi-Fi 6, on both 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless radio bands.

Furthermore, there are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Android tablet: SM-T970, which is Wi-Fi only, and SM-T976B, which also supports mobile networks including GSM, HSPA, LTE, and 5G. The model we tested was the latter.

For the full list of specifications, visit Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Specifications.

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ are those of a premium Android device. In short, you get the best hardware available on an Android tablet at the moment, so what's not to like? 🙂

Design and user experience

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is one of the most beautiful Android tablets I've ever held in my hands. It's not like tablets can wow anyone with their design, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ stands out of the crowd with its premium build quality, brushed metal unibody, and obvious attention to details from its manufacturer.

The tablet's back is covered by a completely flat aluminum plate, which means that the tablet is stable on any plane surface you put it on. The only things you see are the Samsung logo, the main cameras, their flashlight, and the antenna lines along the sides.

The back of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

The tablet also looks good on the front, with relatively thin bezels and the fantastic 12.4-inch AMOLED display. Other than that, the only other thing that's noticeable is the front camera on the right side (when you hold the tablet in portrait mode).

Perspective view of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

One of the things that I enjoyed at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is how beautiful everything looks on its screen. This Super AMOLED display delivers vibrant colors and an incredible brightness level. Furthermore, the high-resolution display makes sure that everything from images to fonts looks smooth and very detailed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with a Super AMOLED display

If you hold the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ in landscape mode, you find the power button and the volume rocker on the left side of the top edge. On the right, there's the SIM and memory card tray.

The buttons and main cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

On both the left and right sides of the tablet, you find the four speakers that Samsung equipped the tablet with. These deliver impressively powerful sound regardless of whether you're watching a movie, listening to music, or participating in voice calls.

Speakers on one side of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

The front camera can capture video in 1080p and offers excellent image quality in video conferences. We tested it in online schooling on Microsoft Teams and Zoom, so we can attest to that. 🙂 The main rear cameras are even better, although we wouldn't recommend them to photo-enthusiasts. They take good-quality photographs with good exposure, but the color reproduction is not the best you can get. We're still talking about a tablet, so these cameras are there mostly to shoot documents or record video in classrooms or conferences.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: Dual-camera setup on its back

Another thing that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ can brag about is the fact that it offers support for Samsung's S Pen stylus. It's a stylus that's excellent for handwriting on the tablet, as well as for drawing and sketching. Samsung's S Pen is already known for how comfortable it is to use and how well it works, which we also found to be true. It's a lightweight stylus that feels natural, just like a real pen, and the tablet is very responsive when using it.

Handwriting on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ with the S Pen

I used the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ each day for more than a week. During this time, I didn't encounter any kind of lags or slowness. While my main activities were browsing, sending emails, and chatting, I also played a few games on it, including Fortnite. The tablet was fast and responsive, regardless of what apps or games I ran on it. Usually, I only had to charge it at night, as its battery managed to last for a full day. However, when I also played games and kept the screen brightness at a high level, it didn't last that long, so I had to charge it twice a day.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ looks great and offers an excellent user experience. It is, and it feels like a very fast Android device. This is a high-end tablet with a beautiful display, powerful hardware, and premium build quality.

Android 10, One UI 2.5, Samsung DeX, and bundled apps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ uses the latest stable build of Samsung's One UI 2.5 Android flavor. It's based on Android 10, and includes additional features and optimizations. What's important to know is that in the first semester of 2021, the next Android 11 should be released by Google and, as Samsung promises 3 years of updates for the Galaxy Tab S7+, you'll most likely get that version sometime later.

The homescreen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

One of the things that makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ stand out from the crowd is Samsung DeX. That's a feature that, with the touch of a button, gives you a desktop-like user interface. In other words, it makes your Android tablet look and work more like a desktop computer. With Samsung DeX, you get a desktop like the one in Windows 10, with a taskbar and a system tray, apps that open in their own windows, and support for mouse and keyboard.

Samsung DeX on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung does preinstall some apps, but not as many as we've seen on other tablets from other manufacturers. What's nice about Samsung these days is that, while it recommends you a series of apps to install when you configure one of their tablets, it doesn't force you to do it. This is also the case with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.

Additional apps recommended by Samsung

Except for the recommended apps, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with some essential Google apps such as Gmail, Chrome, Maps, YouTube, and Duo. You also get a few additional apps from Samsung such as AR Zone, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Bixby, Galaxy Store, Gallery, Game Launcher, Phone, Samsung Notes, and Tips.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with the latest One UI 2.5 from Samsung, based on Android 10, and includes Samsung DeX, a feature that turns your tablet into a computer-like device.

Performance in benchmarks

To get a clearer picture of how fast the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is in productivity and gaming scenarios, we ran a couple of benchmarks. Here is what we found:

In Geekbench 5, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ got a Single-Core Score of 963 points and 2934 points for the Multi-Core Score. These are impressive numbers that confirm the fact that this Android tablet is a high-end one and show that its performance should be pretty close to that of an Apple iPad Air (2019). Its processor can easily handle any workload.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ benchmark results: Geekbench

In AnTuTu 8, we got a score of 582102 points. This benchmark assesses both the processor speed, memory speed, user experience, and graphics performance of Android devices. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ managed an excellent score, worthy of one of the most powerful Android tablets of 2020.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ benchmark results: AnTuTu

Next, we installed 3DMark's benchmark app for Android devices. It's a great tool for finding out the performance offered by such devices in games. First, we ran the Wild Life benchmark, in which Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ managed an outstanding score of 4207 points. In other words, this Android tablet is powerful enough to run any game at ultra graphics settings and high framerates, no matter how demanding that game might be.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ benchmark results: 3DMark Wild Life

We also ran a second benchmark from 3DMark, namely the Sling Shot Extreme -OpenGL ES 3.1. The score we got in it - 7289 points - confirms once again that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is extremely fast when it comes to gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ benchmark results: 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme - OpenGL ES 3.1

Finally, we also used PCMark to check how much time the tablet can run on battery while working on it (browsing the internet, using Office apps, video-conferencing, etc.). The benchmark ended with a total running time of 9 hours and 3 minutes. Although you might not find this autonomy time to be impressive, it actually is, considering how powerful this tablet’s hardware is.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ benchmark results: PCMark Work 2.0 battery life

After running all these benchmarks, we know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is one of the fastest Android tablets available on the market today. We're looking at a premium high-end Android device that can handle any kind of workload and any game with ease, without breaking a sweat.

What's your opinion about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+?

Now you know what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+. It’s one of the best Android tablets we’ve had the chance to review, one of the most powerful, but also one of the most expensive ones. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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