The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 rumor mill is getting very hot today, as we've just learned a lot more about a slate that should be one of the best Android tablets . Not long after the release of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, the latest rumors point to this tablet coming in two forms, including a big brother that offers an even larger screen — and possibly many more perks (including 5G).
While the Galaxy Tab S7 is likely to focus on productivity, the success of the S6 Lite may encourage Samsung to switch gears. What will the company do to convince shoppers to fork over hundreds more? It could start with a bigger screen — something could make the next Tab a formidable iPad rival, and one of the best tablets overall.
Here are all of the rumors and leaks we’ve heard about the Galaxy Tab S7, plus a few ideas for what it needs to properly improve against the Galaxy Tab S6.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 release date
Multiple tech news outlets estimate that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is likely coming in August 2020. Specifically, we now expect the tablets to be unveiled as a part of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5. This is also where we expect the debut of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2.
The Galaxy Tab S6 launched around the same time last year, in August 2019. It was not a part of a major press event, though. Considering how the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was released without nary a live stream, it would not be shocking to see Samsung announce the tablet via press release. That's how Apple unveiled the iPad Pro 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 leaks
We've learned a couple of things about the Galaxy Tab S7 thanks to Twitter's OnLeaks and French gadget blog and case maker Pigtou. The two collaborated on a big leak of Tab S7 photos.
The best detail from these assets is that the webcam is now in the top and longer bezel, making it perfect for Zoom calls and other video chats, when you have the Tab S7 laid out horizontally.
The thing we don't like is how the camera on the back of the Tab S7 appears to have that bump-style design that's in vogue these days. It's not great for laying the Tab S7 flat on a table.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 price
No pricing details have leaked, but we expect Samsung to price the Galaxy Tab S7 lower than the entry-level iPad Pro ($799) — but a smidge higher than the $649 Tab S6. That's because the Galaxy S20 ($999) was more expensive than the Galaxy S10 ($899), by a small margin. Expect the Tab S7 to cost as much as $749, but possibly as low as $699.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 specs
The latest Galaxy Tab S7 leaks reveals a lot of what the bigger version of this tablet, the rumored S7 Plus, will look like -- but we've also heard some details about the S7 as well. The Plus will have a 12.4-inch AMOED display (2800 x 1752 pixels), which measures out to 266 ppi -- a hair sharper than the iPad Pro's 12.9-inch, 264 ppi panel.
In terms of processing power, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will also probably have the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is 10% faster than the regular 865 chip, with speeds above 3GHz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is expected to be used in the regular Galaxy S7.
That new processor will be paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage.
The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus should have a massive 10,090 mAh battery according to the aforementioned specs leak. That should last pretty long, as the iPad Pro's reportedly similarly-sized battery made it 10 hours on our battery test.
The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will also eschew facial identification for an in-display fingerprint sensor, which iPad and iPhone users alike wish Apple could use.
As for cameras, expect a sharp 8MP front sensor and 12MP and 5MP dual rear cameras. The S Pen is also expected to keep its "remote control-like" features as seen in the Galaxy Tab S6.
I'd also expect Samsung to employ its smooth 120Hz display technology inside the Galaxy Tab S7. Not only does Apple's iPad Pro already offer this technology, it's also in the Galaxy S20 phone as well.
Expect faster connectivity from the Tab S7. Not only is it expected to have 5G (more on that below), but the slate is rumored to adopt the Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Much like how Apple makes 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets, Samsung is rumored to be putting together both the 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 and a 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. This rumor comes from SamMobile. As mentioned above, the 12.4-inch Plus model would be about as pixel-dense as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
A larger screen size makes a lot of sense for the productivity-minded DeX mode, which Samsung used in the Galaxy Tab S6 to make it more like a laptop, giving more space for windowed and split-screen Android apps. S
More proof of life for the Tab S7 Plus came from the Bluetooth certification website, which lists a Galaxy Tab S7+ model. This mostly just confirms the existence of the likely larger model, as it doesn't suggest more than the (expected) Bluetooth support.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 5G
The Galaxy Tab S7 should be able to stream faster than any other tablet out there. We've seen reports that the Galaxy Tab S7 will feature 5G connectivity, which Apple is expected to inject into the iPad Pro either this fall or next year (the latter seems more likely, as we already got an updated iPad Pro this year).
The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has been leaked to offer sub-6GHz versions of 5G connectivity, which is good news for those on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The lack of mmWave support, if true, means you'll be unable to use Verizon's 5G network.
Expect to pay a little bit more to get the Galaxy Tab S7 with 5G. Currently, when customizing the Galaxy Tab S6 on Samsung.com, you spend another $80 to get a cellular version of the tablet, bumping its price from $649 to $729.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs S6: Outlook
Looking at existing rumors for the Galaxy Tab S7, I'm happy to see the potential for a bigger screen and 5G. The former would help the tablet for productivity with both more screen real estate and enabling a larger and less-cramped keyboard (an issue some had with the Galaxy Tab S6). The latter is a good piece of future-proofing.
That being said, we have other wants for the Galaxy S7. Primarily, this tablet needs better battery life. The Galaxy Tab S6 only lasted 8 hours and 58 minutes on a single charge, which is much less endurance than we saw from the iPad (11:58), iPad Pro (10:16) and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (12:40).
And one more thing, Samsung. Can you give the Tab S7 a headphone jack? Limiting headphone listening to Bluetooth-only is no fun, no matter what Apple says about its courage. The Tab S6 Lite has the headphone jack and costs only $349. The Tab S7 is likely going to be more expensive, and should have everything found in its cheaper sibling — and more.