Samsung is reportedly working on a brand new Galaxy Tab S4 tablet. With rumors starting to pickup and a release getting closer we want to outline some reasons why you should, and perhaps shouldn’t, wait for the device to arrive.
If you are currently looking for a new tablet, you’ve got a ton of options. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is still a solid choice and it’s only gotten better thanks to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Apple’s also got a solid line of slates available including an upgraded 9.7-inch iPad the company announced at its spring event in March. The company is also rumored to have a new iPad Pro 2018 up its sleeve and it could arrive alongside new iPhones this fall. Both should be on your radar.
The Galaxy Tab S3 and Apple’s iPad are worth considering, but you should also take note of Samsung’s rumored Galaxy Tab S4, a brand new tablet that’s expected to make its debut later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Rumors
The Galaxy Tab S4 missed Samsung’s Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in February, but a release looks like it’s in the cards for 2018.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 rumors continue to trickle out and the device looks like it could be a worthy successor to the Galaxy Tab S3.
A recent benchmark listing and rumored spec sheet outline potential specs which include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, tons of RAM and internal storage, microSD card slot, Android 8.1 Oreo, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE capabilities and a sizable display that could bring the company’s Infinity Display to the Galaxy Tab line.
There’s also chatter about a new S Pen and a brand new accessory as a new “Book Cover Keyboard” was recently certified in South Korea by the Radio Research Agency.
While some of you might not want (or be able) to hold out for Samsung’s next tablet, others might want to wait for more rumors or for the device itself to arrive.
The Galaxy Tab S4 might not launch in July, but rumors point to an arrival in and around the time Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 9 in August.
The Galaxy Tab S4 recently got certified in Russia and support documents recently showed up on Samsung France’s website. The tablet’s also cleared the FCC, a sign that it’s ready to roll in the United States.
While some of you might want to wait for Samsung’s announcements, others might want to turn to another tablet in 2018.
Wait If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 to arrive. Here's why.
While you might be tempted to go with a cheaper Galaxy tablet from 2017 or 2016, note that these devices will see their software support end a lot quicker than the Galaxy Tab S4.
Samsung typically keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for two years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a little bit longer, but software support will eventually stop and you'll be on your own.
The company has also kept some software features exclusive to newer devices due to the hardware limitations on older phones and tablets.
We fully expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 to come with a full suite of Android Oreo and Samsung Experience features.
Thanks to leaked firmware, we also know the Galaxy Tab S4 will come with Intelligent Scan, a feature that's also on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
If you want the absolute best software experience from a Samsung Galaxy tablet in 2018 and the foreseeable future, you might want to think about holding out for the Galaxy Tab S4.