Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs S7+ – two of the best Android tablets available in the market today. Both offer powerful processors, amazing audio, and glorious displays. But which one should you get? Let’s take a closer look and find out more about these devices.
Face to Face: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs S7+
The first thing you’ll notice about these tablets is the size difference. Both 16 x 10 aspect ratio which is excellent for watching widescreen content. The S7 has an 11-inch display while the S7+ has a 12.4-inch display. This difference is significant and you need to carefully consider whether you want a device with a larger display or a more portable one. The Tab S7+ also weighs more at 575 grams against the S7’s 500 grams. However, it should be noted that the S7+ is slightly thinner.
The S7 and S7+ are crafted from machined aluminum. You get thin bezels, squared-off edges, and rounded corners for more comfortable handling. Checking the sides, we get four speaker grills, a volume rocker, a power button, a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion, and a USB-C port for charging and connecting accessories. Both devices feel sturdy with no bending issues.
Both devices have matte finishes at the back and are available in four colors – mystic black, silver, bronze, and navy. An elongated camera module is located on the upper left and below that is a magnetic strip used to pair and charge the included S-pen.
The S7 and S7+ offer face recognition and fingerprint sensors. However, the S7’s sensor is integrated into the power button while the S7+ uses an in-display sensor. Face recognition on both devices works fast and reliably.
The S7 and S7+ displays do not only differ in size. The S7 has an 11-inch 120Hz LTPS TFT display with a 1600 x 2560 resolution. This display is clear, vibrant, and comes with HDR 10 plus support.
The S7+ display is on a different level. Its Super AMOLED 12.4-inch display has a 1752 x 2800 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR 10 plus support. You’ll get an amazing experience watching your favorite movies, playing games, and viewing your photos.
Camera and Audio
The front-facing cameras on both tablets have an 8-megapixel resolution that’s located at the center of the longer side so you’ll be framed in landscape mode during your Zoom meetings. Both tablets have a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel ultrawide sensor. The cameras are good enough and you’ll get images as expected from a tablet.
The speakers from the S7 and S7+ are awesome especially with Dolby Atmos turned on. They are louder and clearer even when compared to some laptops in the market. Watching movies, playing games, and video calls won’t be a problem with the built-in speakers. Unfortunately, you don’t get a 3.5mm jack for your headphones so you’ll have to settle with using an adaptor or Bluetooth connection.
The S7 and S7+ use Samsung’s book cover keyboard that attaches to the back of the device. The keys have a premium feel and typing on the device is comfortable. You can remove the keyboard itself and keep the back cover attached so your device is somewhat protected. The cover also houses the S-pen at the back keeping it safe and secure all the time.
In addition to being larger, the keyboard on the S7+ has a dedicated row of function keys at the top so you can control things like volume, brightness, and multimedia playback. The built-in trackpad is the same for both devices and both models come with the S-pen included.
Using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+, both tablets perform virtually the same. They come with 6GB of RAM if you purchase the 128GB variant. The 256GB and 512GB models come with 8GB of RAM. I highly recommend going for the 8GB of RAM if you can afford it. Check the price difference and see if you can stretch your budget. However, 6GB of RAM is more than enough for most users.
The S7 and S7+ shine in the multitasking department. If you’re looking for a laptop experience, you can boot up DeX, add a keyboard and mouse, and voila! You’ll get a familiar PC or Chromebook interface including icons, folders, and a taskbar. You can open multiple windows and snap them to half the screen. If you want to go even bigger, you can attach an external monitor via a USB-C adapter and you’ll have a full-fledged multitasking device.
The Tab S7 has an 8000mAh battery and the S7+ has a 10,090mAh. Since the S7+ has to power a larger AMOLED display, both devices last about the same time. With typical use, the devices we tested lasted between 8 and 12 hours. Both models come with a 15-watt adaptive fast charger and both can accept up to 45 watts.
Now the good stuff. Thanks to the Snapdragon 865+ processor, both are incredible gaming devices. Modern titles such as Call of Duty: Mobile, Genshin, and Asphalt 9 can run at the highest setting without any problems. If you have Xbox Game Pass, you can even stream games and use your standard Xbox controller via Bluetooth.
Conclusion: Who wins?
The 128GB with 6GB RAM model of the Galaxy Tab S7 is available for $569 while the 256GB and 512GB models with 8GB RAM are available for $619 and $699, respectively. For the Galaxy Tab S7+, the 128GB with 6GB RAM is $769 while the 256GB and 512GB models with 8GB RAM are $819 and $899, respectively. Both models have a MicroSD card slot which can accommodate another 1TB of storage.
The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ are excellent Android devices and choosing one comes down to size, display quality, typing experience, and budget. If you want a more portable device and save some money, then go for the Tab S7. If you can afford to spend more for a larger and better display, and an upgraded keyboard, then go for the Tab S7+. As previously mentioned, I recommend going for at least 256GB if you can afford it.