Tablet devices do not get nearly the hype they did a few years ago as the market has fallen off with many users opting for two-in-one type units that have touch displays. Go to major retailers and most of the choices for tablets will either be iPads of some sort of cheap Android tablets. This has not dissuaded Samsung from working on an update to their last major tablet device and we expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 to be released later this summer. A new press render was recently obtained by sources and it reveals a shift in Samsung’s traditional design of tablet devices.
The render of the Galaxy Tab S4 shows a device that is dominated by the screen on the front of the device. Bezels are not as thin as what we currently see in the smartphone market, but they are quite reduced compared to traditional tablets. Of particular note are the top and bottom bezels, when held in a portrait orientation, which have been shrunk down to match the other bezels all the way around. The renders seem to suggest the only item housed in those bezels is the front facing camera. If the rumored iris scanner is included, it would likely fit in there as well.
This marks a shift for Samsung which typically included a home button on their tablets. That button doubled as the fingerprint scanner in more recent models. This raises the question of what Samsung is planning to do about a fingerprint scanner, especially since no scanner appears to be present on the rear side of the unit. Options include the fingerprint scanner being included in a side button, being done away with altogether, or Samsung may incorporate it using fingerprint-under-display (FUD) technology. All of those are feasible, although Samsung has not yet released a product to market that includes FUD. That could potentially change with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in early August.
No other notable changes to the design as compared to the predecessor Galaxy Tab S3 were noted. Likewise, there have been no updates regarding anticipated hardware to be included in the tablet. Previous rumors have suggested a 10.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device is expected to launch with Android 8.1 Oreo and to have support for DeX and possibly an iris scanner.
Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy Tab S4 in late August, potentially as part of IFA 2018 which starts on August 31st. We do note the render image shows a date of August 24th, which could be a clue to the release date although Samsung has not announced any press events for that date.