Samsung is launching the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G, a cheaper sibling of its flagship Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, on Thursday, August 5. The “FE” stands for “Fan Edition,” a term that has also been used with the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone, and is essentially a roundabout way of saying it’s a less flashy alternative.
In terms of specs, it comes down to a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset, compared to the 865+ processor in the S7 / S7 Plus. Here you get an LCD screen instead of the AMOLED Plus screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 versus 1,752 x 2,800 pixels. Samsung did not say whether the refresh rate will match the 120Hz of the S7 lineup.
Another area where it lacks is the camera: 8 MP on the back and a 5 megapixel for selfies. Comparatively, the S7 / S7 Plus has a dual-camera setup, with a 13-megapixel main camera accompanied by an ultra-wide 5-megapixel offering, with an 8-megapixel front snapper. The FE also pockets the S7 Plus’s 10,090mAh battery and supports fast charging. Its unibody metal design should always be so sumptuous.
Prices for the 5G tablet start at $ 669, which gives you the base model in black with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable to 1TB with an SD card). Samsung previously said the Slate will also offer a 6GB / 128GB configuration, although that will likely cost more. The FE 5G will initially be available on Samsung.com, AT&T and Verizon, and will arrive at T-Mobile, UScellular and other retailers in the coming days.
A $ 530 WiFi model is also available for pre-order today, ahead of a September release date, in three additional colors, including pink, green and silver. Both tablets come with a ready-to-use S-Pen stylus.
That really lets you decide if you want the FE or last year’s Tab S7 ($ 650 / $ 850) or the Tab S7 Plus ($ 850 / $ 1,050). Of course, if you’re looking for something even cheaper, you can always settle for the $ 159 Tab A7 Lite.
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