In a few weeks, Samsung’s Unpacked event will reveal the Galaxy Note 20 smartphone, the Galaxy Watch3 and its latest tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+. But if you’d like to see the tablets now, well, images have just leaked.
The best images are from the reliably excellent Evan Blass. They show that the new tablets look like, I mean really look like, the Apple iPad Pro.
The new design has appeared in several images on his subscription-funded Patreon, including one which features a keyboard accessory. The keyboard even features a trackpad, and the image also shows an S Pen, floating magically in the air. So, it’s pretty clear that Samsung is emphasizing that with the right accessories, this is a tablet that can double as a laptop.
Another image shows a tablet with a uniform bezel around the edge, which are either the same thickness as on the iPad Pro, or a little bigger. Like Apple’s tablet, the front-facing camera sits in the bezel on the short edge of the tablet so that it’s at the top when you hold the tablet in portrait orientation.
But the most striking thing about the front view is how definitely it has adopted the same flat-edge design of the iPad Pro. Other images claiming to be the new tablet also show an antenna band that winds round the edge of the case, again not dissimilar to Apple’s premium tablet.
Of course, there are differences in style. The current Galaxy Tab S6 has a groove on the back where the S Pen stylus nestles, attached magnetically, and it looks like the new tablet will have the same.
And there’s something no Apple tablet has: a big AKG marking to indicate the tablet has been tuned by the audio company Samsung happens to own.
Other rumored elements are the screen sizes (11in and 12.4in on the Tab 7 and Tab 7+ respectively), Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor and dual rear cameras.
Why does all this matter?
Well, although Apple certainly owns the tablet market, there are some other players. Amazon has a grip on the entry-level, affordable tablets, but that uses its own version of Android. Huawei’s latest tablets are accomplished and capable, but don’t have access to Google Mobile Services.
So, in terms of tablets running full Google with all its features, it’s repeatedly Samsung that leads the field, with strongly-specced machines that sport gorgeous OLED displays.
If the current images are accurate, it’s evidence that Samsung is maintaining or growing its presence in the world of tablets.
The big unveil is set for August 5.
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