Samsung have announced the latest iteration of their ever-underwhelming Galaxy Tab lineup. Even in its 4th iteration, the Galaxy Tab 4 family doesn’t seem to have evolved much if we simply look at them. The Galaxy Tab 4 family will come in 3 sizes. Let’s see if you should consider getting them or just pass them over.
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
The smallest of the Galaxy Tab 4 family is the 7.0. With a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1280×800, it’s pretty apparent that Samsung aren’t gunning for Android tablet supremacy. This is made even more apparent when you take a look at the specs. A 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled to 1.5 gigabytes of RAM is definitely yesteryear’s hardware. The Tab 4 7.0 will ship with Android KitKat 4.4. Sadly, we don’t know the battery capacity of this 7 inch tablet. No word on pricing either, but we’d be surprised if they put it on sale for more than $170.
Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 retains nearly all of the 7.0 hardware specs. Indeed, the whole Tab 4 family has identical hardware specifications, bar the obvious difference in screen size. The Tab 4 8.0 does have a 4540mAh battery though, so battery life should be up there with the best thanks to the middling hardware.
Galaxy Tab 4 10.0
The Tab 4 10.0 is the biggest of the refreshed Galaxy Tab lineup. Sadly, even this 10 incher has the same 1280×800 resolution as the 7.0 inch tablet of the same family. This gives it a big disadvantage in terms of picture quality, as you’ll easily be able to spot the individual pixels. It does get a big boost in the battery capacity though, with a massive 6800mAh battery. That should give it stupendous battery life and we can’t wait to test it for ourselves.
Judging by the very ordinary hardware of the Galaxy Tab 4 lineup, we’re inclined to say that the natural competitors for these tablets would be tablets within the lower end of the price spectrum. The 7.0 and 8.0 face tough competition at the hands of the mighty Google Nexus 7, which has vastly superior hardware and a killer screen. The Tab 4 10.0 is sort of uncontested in this price range because of that screen size, but we wonder how many people would be willing to sacrifice picture quality just for the extra 2 inches of screen real estate.