Sammy’s 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 family is here and it’s made up of a 7, 8 and 10.1-inch set of suitably specced slates.
With the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO product lines now on the scene as of CES, there’s a clearer distinction between the power-house premium tablets and the more affordable slate-shaped offerings now served up by Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 family is Samsung’s bid to appeal to the everyman, more affordable than an iPad, with services and features that Samsung holds dear, like ChatON, Samsung Link, WatchON and access to the Samsung Apps store too.
All three new Tab 4 devices share much of the same hardware and software with the only exceptions being screen size, internal storage and battery capacity. The experience that can be had on each tablet should be similar too as all come running the latest dose of Android 4.4 KitKat, but swathed in Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface.
This means Samsung apps like S Planner and the aforementioned chatON will come preinstalled, along with a ton of unique widgets and a highly customisable set of homescreens and apps drawer.
Hardware-wise, each tablet uses a WXGA (1280×800) resolution display, meaning the smaller 7-inch model will produce the sharpest image out of the three. The brains of the outfit resides 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Internal storage on the 8 and 10.1-inch versions clocks in at 16GB, while the smaller 7-inch model features just 8GB, however all are expandable via microSD by up to an additional 64GB.
On the imaging side of things, there’s a 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera for spur-of-the-moment snaps, and a 3-megapixel front-facer, which suggests these tablets are built with VoIP services like Skype in mind (or for all those selfie-lovers out there).
With regards to a date when these tablets actually make it onto store shelves, we’re still waiting, but for now ‘the beginning of April 2014’ is all we have to work with. Samsung also hasn’t revealed pricing, but we’re hoping it’s reasonable as they have to content with the likes of the Google Nexus 7.
Black and white models will be available at launch, and although WiFi only and WiFi/4G versions are on the cards, specific markets may only receive one and not the other.