The most anticipated upgrade in Samsung tablet lineup is finally here, and the Korean giant has finally unveiled not one but two new tablets this year. We had already witnessed the Lite version of flagship tablets in the recent past; however, this time, Samsung introduced the plus version (Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus) as well.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 looks fancier than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. However, the question to ask here is, how much does it differ from the S6? – and is it worth buying, let alone upgrading from the Tab S6? – In this article, we’ll be trying to give you definitive answers to get you out of this dilemma.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Galaxy Tab S7Galaxy Tab S6
BUY NOWBUY NOW
PROSPROS
Good Quality Display.
S-pen is included.
Stylish Magnetic spot at the back for S-pen.
8GB Ram.
Super AMOLED display.
Lightweight.
CONSCONS
Same camera as last year.
Heavy in weight.
Poor Battery life.
Wireless charging isn’t supported.

DESIGN

Galaxy Tab S6Galaxy Tab S7
Dimensions9.63 x 6.28 x 0.22 inches (244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm)9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches (253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm)
Weight14.82 oz (420.0 g)17.71 oz (502.0 g)
MaterialsBack: AluminumBack: Aluminum
FeaturesStylusStylus
ColorsMountain gray, Cloud blue, Rose blushMystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic Silver

Samsung is known for its spectacular designs, and this year is no different. The Galaxy Tab S7 looks the same as the Galaxy Tab S6 from the front. However, it’s even glossier from the back and has a broader presence. You get a more prominent magnetic spot on the back for the S-pen in the Tab S7, as compared to a lighter one in the Tab S6.

Moreover, the Tab S7 has a taller and wider frame, and the selfie camera is placed on the wider side of the device, which makes it more suitable for use in the landscape mode. The Samsung logo has also moved from the center to the left-bottom corner of the device. Despite being heavier than the Tab S6, the Tab S7 still wins design-wise because of its thinner bezels and modern finish.

DISPLAY

Galaxy Tab S6Galaxy Tab S7
Size10.5 inches11.0 inches
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 288 PPI2560 x 1600 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 274 PPI
TechnologySuper AMOLEDLCD
Screen-to-body81.93 %83.62 %
FeaturesHDR video support, Ambient light sensor120Hz refresh rate, HDR video support, Ambient light sensor

Here’s where Samsung has tweaked its traditional approach a little and introduced the Galaxy Tab S7 with an LTPS IPS display with a refresh rate of 120hz. There’s no doubt that with a better refresh rate, the performance of S-pen improves a lot. However, for some reason, Samsung has only used a Super AMOLED display unit in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, and not in the tab S7.

With a screen to body ratio of 83.6% and an 11-inch screen, the Tab S7 looks more prominent than the 10.5-inch Tab S6. If you compare the Super AMOLED with LTPS IPS display, the color accuracy, and sharpness differ a little; however, the LTPS consumes less energy. Both the tablets have the same resolution and aspect ratio; however, the pixel density of the display is a little higher in the S6.

CAMERA & SPEAKERS

Galaxy Tab S6Galaxy Tab S7
RearDual cameraDual camera
Main camera13 MP (Autofocus)13 MP (PDAF)
Second camera5 MP (Ultra-wide)5 MP (Ultra-wide)
Video recording3840×2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)Yes
Front8 MP (Dual-Camera)8 MP
HeadphonesNo 3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
SpeakersMultiple speakersMultiple speakers

It seems like Samsung has copy-pasted the camera specs from last year, and there’s nothing new to be excited about. Although the 13MP primary camera on the back of both the devices takes elegant pictures, however, it sure did needed some innovation to compete with the likes of iPad Pro. The only change this year is that you get an LED flash under the dual-camera setup of the Tab S7, which is an excellent addition.

There is an 8MP selfie camera on both the tablets, which can record videos in 1080p at 30fps. Even with a year passing by and introducing a new processor in the tablet, Samsung, for some reason, still didn’t introduce 4K video recording at 60fps, which has become the norm in phones, and even most flagship tablets. For all the sound lovers, there are a total of four speakers on the Tab S7, same as last year’s S6. The speakers are tuned by AKG, and there’s nothing to complain about them as they produce good enough sound.

HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE

Galaxy Tab S6Galaxy Tab S7
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 855 SM8150Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250-AB
ProcessorOcta-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nmOcta-core, 3000 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm
GPUAdreno 640Adreno 650
RAM8GB6GB
Internal storage256GB128GB
Storage expansionmicroSDXC up to 1000 GBmicroSDXC up to 1000 GB

The only significant difference between the Tab S7 and the Tab S6 comes in hardware. It’s a well-known fact that the better performance of the processor yields better results all around. For example, there’s a boost in GPU performance and battery life as well.

Samsung has introduced the all-new Snapdragon 865 processor in this year’s flagship tablets, which performs much better than the Snapdragon 855 of last year. You can expect the Snapdragon 865 to be at least a quarter times faster than its predecessor in every aspect.

Same is the case GPU this year, you get the newer Adreno 650 in the Tab S7 which easily outperforms the Tab S6’s Adreno 640, and scores much higher in benchmark results. Moreover, both the tablets have two versions to choose from, one has 6GB Ram and 128GB of storage, and in case you’re a hardcore user, you can opt to go for 8GB and 256GB model as well.

SOFTWARE & BATTERY LIFE

Galaxy Tab S6Galaxy Tab S7
OSAndroid (10, 9.0 Pie)Android (10), Samsung One UI
Battery Capacity7040 mAh8000 mAh
Battery TypeNot user replaceableNot user replaceable
ChargingFast chargingWired: 45.0W

Since both the tablets come with the S-pen, you can take advantage of many apps in drawing or even writing in general. Just like hardware, Samsung innovates in the little details of software every year. The Galaxy Tab S7 comes loaded with Android 10 and UI version 2.5 compared to the 2.0 of Galaxy Tab S6. With the newer UI, better software optimization is expected, which boosts the overall performance of the tablet. Last but not least, with the S-pen providing better latency this year, you can draw your favorite portraits with even more precision.

There’s an upgrade in battery size this year, and the Galaxy Tab S7 comes packed with an 8000mAh battery compared to the 7040mAh of the Galaxy Tab S6. The bigger size and the Snapdragon 865 sitting inside the Tab S7 make the perfect combination to put a better battery performance than last year’s flagship tablet. On top of that, you get a whopping 45W fast charger in the box that will charge your S7 in no time. The Tab S6, on the other hand, only had a 15W fast charging capability. Samsung is claiming at least 15 hours of continuous usage without having to recharge the device. Keeping in mind that the S6 only gave around 8 hours of backup, this will be a major boost.

VERDICT

Just like every year’s flagship update, this year’s flagship tablet was very much awaited, and we all had high hopes from the Korean tech giant. However, upon comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, no jaw-dropping differences can be seen. Yes, there’s a performance boost overall, but is it really worth your money? – Not really, I would say. The Galaxy Tab S6 is overall a good device and doesn’t lack significant features, and we’d suggest you not to upgrade to the S7. If you’re looking to buy a new tablet, however, then the Tab S7 is a good option for you, but if you don’t require heavy usage from your device, then considering the S6 makes more sense.