Render for Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 reveals major design shift

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.

source: AndroidHeadlines

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Darkcobalt

    The Android tablet landscape is looking pretty bleak. Samsung is the only one with a decent large tablet. The small tablet space (7-8″) is all but dead on both iOS and Android with the 2015 Galaxy Tab S2 8″ and 2015 iPad Mini 4. Huawei has the newer MediaPad M5 8.4″ but I don’t see it for sale anywhere.