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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1 unboxing and first impressions: a supersized smartphone or a slate that can make calls?

|July 30 2014 |Samsung, Tablets, Android Tablets, tablet

“Taking a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1”

Samsung is known for carpet bombing the product segments it caters to by throwing in offerings scattered over multiple price points. This strategy is quite apparent when looking at the range of smartphones it sells, but now, we can see it following the same stragety in tablets too. Samsung’s tablet range in India includes the popular Tab series, the stylus-toting Note range and the premium Tab S portfolio. The object of our affections today is the 10.1-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab4, but don’t worry if the model naming gets a tad confusing. Let’s get a quick look at what all is included in the sales pack, followed by our first impressions.

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Ensconced inside typical Samsung retail packaging, an attempt at unboxing proved to be anticlimactic, since there’s not a lot that goes inside the box. Opening the pack and sliding out the contents, we were greeted by the slate lying face-up, wrapped in plastic. And no, we aren’t talking about the slate’s construction just yet. Laying the tablet on the side, we opened a flap to find a few booklets containing the quick start guide and warranty information.

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A 2A wall charger and a micro-USB cable emerged next, but since that box looked like it had room for more, we dug deeper in the hope of finding more treasures hidden inside. No such luck, alas. For the record, there’s no headset provided in the box, wired or otherwise.

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Coming to the tablet itself, it’s wrapped in plastic, and this time, we are referring to the construction. Clad in white, it sports fairly typical Samsung design. The 10.1-inch display featuring a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels sits up front, with a physical home button flanked by capacitive touch keys for recent apps and back on either side. Above the display, you’ll see Samsung branding, along with the front snapper and the usual array of sensors.

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The micro-USB port is at the bottom, but the top is where the action is. You’ll find the power key, a volume rocker, and slots for the micro-SIM and microSD card, both covered by plastic tabs.

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The 3.5mm audio socket is on the left, along with the left speaker. The right speaker is located on, you guessed it… the right. The rear sports a faux-leather finish with a muted texture, and this is also where you’ll find the fixed-focus 3-megapixel primary camera. A flash is missing in action though.

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Running Android KitKat with the TouchWiz UI on top, the Galaxy Tab4 comes with quite a few staple features we’ve come to associate Samsung’s proprietary Android skin with. Features such as Multi Window and Smart Stay make the cut, along with Group Play and Samsung Link. Preloaded apps cover the likes of Hancom Office, Dropbox, S Voice, and S Planner, along with the Samsung Apps storefront. A customisable quick settings panel is also available.

The innards are made up by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. About 11.5GB out of that is actually available to use. There’s a 3-megapixel fixed-focus shooter at the back, while a 1.3MP camera handles video calling duties in the front. Apart from 3G and voice calling, the slate also offers options like Wi-Fi Direct and A-GPS, along with the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0. Based on a few minutes of usage, we can say that the screen looks sharp and the operation is smooth for the most part. Our full review, coming up shortly, will decide whether it’s worth its Rs 30,498 asking price or not.



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