Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+: With a redesigned keyboard, Samsung focuses on functionality

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At Samsung Unpacked 2020, the company unveiled numerous products including the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. These latest tablets boast a completely reimagined keyboard.

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On Wednesday, Samsung held its annual Unpacked virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event typically serves as the unveiling of a vast set of new product offerings and this year’s was no different. At Unpacked 2020, presenters revealed everything from the new Note 20, upgraded features for the Galaxy Watch 3, and even a sneak preview of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, although more product details about this particular product are to be released in the coming weeks. Samsung also announced the latest in its tablet series—the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. These two products include a host of new features including an entirely revamped keyboard.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+: 5 essential features for business users (TechRepublic)

A new keyboard with functionality built-in

At first glance, the addition of a sixth row of keys is the standout feature with the redesigned tablet keyboard. This row consists of 16 keys in total including 12 dedicated function keys. These new function keys will give users greater control over a bevy of settings and input commands such as dimming brightness, pausing media files, adjusting volume, and more.

This revamped row also includes a Finder key with a settings sprocket logo and a dedicated DeX button. We have not physically tested the product at this time although the DeX button will presumably grant users enhanced control over their desktop experience such as connecting with compatible devices and projecting to larger displays. A Delete and an Escape key bookend the new row of keys.

Aside from the new row, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ also tout other upgrades focused on optimizing user experience. Both new tablets feature a larger touchpad area with multitouch gesturing. Overall, these new design elements give the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ the feel of a traditional PC workstation while offering the versatility and portability of a two-in-one tablet.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus guide: A tablet for the new normal of remote work (TechRepublic)

Tablets and the future of work

As more companies shift from the brick-and-mortar workplace to the digital office due to the coronavirus, the line between work and private life has become obscured to a degree. Two-in-one devices like the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ allow people to easily transition from work to more leisurely activities without being confined to a particular room in the home.

The Galaxy Tab S7+ includes a 12.4-inch AMOLED display. This provides ample screen space when running multiple applications at once or during virtual whiteboard collaboration or leisurely streaming after the workday. Both tablets also are 5G-enabled offering people faster downloads and crisp videos during professional meetings and more. Of course, there are currently gaps in 5G coverage around the country, so one’s ability to fully leverage the 5G capabilities will largely depend on location and network availability.

Galaxy Tab S7 Plus pricing starts at $849 (US). The Galaxy Tab S7 starts at $649 (US). Both models are scheduled to be released later this fall.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is coming, but not quite yet

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Samsung revealed its second-generation foldable, but gave minimal details while teasing a future event for the new device.

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Samsung revealed five devices at its Galaxy Unpacked event, including the second generation of its vertical folding device, the Galaxy Z Fold2. Unfortunately for those wanting details about the new foldable, the Z Fold2 portion of the event was just a teaser.

SEE: Future of 5G: Projections, rollouts, use cases, and more (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Like the webpage for the Z Fold2, the details were scant, the device was barely shown in-person, and the promises were big. To find out more, however, Samsung told watchers to mark their calendars for Sept. 1, 2020, which is when more details about the Z Fold2 will be revealed and preorders will officially begin.

The information revealed about the Z Fold2 didn’t go into too much more detail than what was predicted by TechRepublic sister site ZDNet. Several things were officially confirmed, namely the screen sizes (6.2″ external, 7.6″ internal), the 120Hz display, 5G support, the design, and the colors (mystic black and mystic bronze). 

In addition to what was confirmed, Samsung presented a few new details:

  • The Z Fold2 is 6mm (0.23″) thick when opened
  • It has a smaller gap between the sides when closed

  • The internal screen uses Samsung’s hole-in-display design for the front-facing camera

  • It has a 4,500 mAh dual battery

  • The Z Fold2 will be getting a Thom Browne edition styled after the fashion house’s tri-colored stripe logo

Samsung spent a good deal of the Z Fold2 presentation covering the issues that were discussed widely when the first generation of the foldable device was released in 2019. In particular, the focus was on the plastic-like quality of the screen and the dirt-trapping design of the old hinge.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra: Top 5 features for business pros (TechRepublic)

To answer those problems, Samsung briefly covered how it improved on those two problems.

To make the screen better, Samsung said it’s using a new ultra-thin glass it calls UTG to make “seeing and touching the screen more pleasurable,” according to the presentation. Not only is UTG supposed to reinforce the display to make it more resilient to folding, it’s also supposed to feel more like regular glass, which will hopefully fix problems of scoring and easy scratching. The new device also has rearranged screen layers, which Samsung said should further improve its quality.

Regarding the hinge, the Z Fold2 has a new cam-based hinge that can stay open at multiple angles, like the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s other folding smartphone. The new hinge also has twice the number of cams and elastic components and a smaller, yet reportedly improved, sweeper to keep out dust and debris. 

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Watch3: Everything you need to know (TechRepublic)

The Galaxy Z Fold2 presentation had plenty of recorded demonstrations of the folding and unfolding of the device, and even included video of K-Pop band BTS unboxing the device. The one physically present at the event, however, was barely touched and wasn’t folded at all. 

Whether or not that spells similar problems for the Z Fold2 remains to be seen, but even the teased event on Sept. 1 may leave unanswered questions that will only be resolved once the device is actually in the hands of consumers and stress testers. 

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Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+

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    Galaxy Tab S7 in Mystic Bronze

    On Aug. 5 at Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung announced two new tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. They both feature an improved keyboard and S Pen as well as a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy Tab S7+ has an extra-large 12.4″ Super AMOLED display. 

    The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ will be available in the US beginning in Fall 2020, starting at $649.99 for the Galaxy Tab S7 and $849.99 for the Galaxy Tab S7+. Both the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ will be available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze. 

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    Samsung also announced Galaxy Buds Live at Galaxy Unpacked, new wireless earbuds with a 12mm speaker. They’re seen here with the Galaxy Tab S7.

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    The Galaxy Watch3, the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Tab S7, and the Galaxy Buds Live

    Here is a lineup of some of the products announced at Samsung Unpacked on Aug. 5: The Galaxy Watch 3, the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Buds Live.

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Galaxy Tab S7 in Mystic Bronze

On Aug. 5 at Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung announced two new tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. They both feature an improved keyboard and S Pen as well as a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy Tab S7+ has an extra-large 12.4″ Super AMOLED display. 

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ will be available in the US beginning in Fall 2020, starting at $649.99 for the Galaxy Tab S7 and $849.99 for the Galaxy Tab S7+. Both the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ will be available in Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze. 

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Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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The Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are the two latest flagship phones from Samsung. The 5G phones are the 10th generation of the stylus line of Galaxy smartphones. The Galaxy Note 20 display is 6.7 inches, and the Note 20 Ultra is 6.9 inches. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes in Mystic Gray, Mystic Green and Mystic Bronze. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White. There is a textured haze effect that is intended to cut down on fingerprints and smudges. 

Both devices will be available to purchase on August 21. Pre-orders begin on August 6.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra: Top 5 features for business pros

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The Note gets several productivity upgrades, DeX goes wireless, and the S Pen has five new actions.

Samsung announced the newest Galaxy Notes at Samsung Unpacked event on Aug. 5 with a faster processor, 5G support, and productivity improvements suggested by power users.

The Galaxy Note 20 puts the emphasis on getting work done more quickly and efficiently while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is designed for the Note loyalist with new camera features, including a laser auto focus sensor, a phase detection auto-focus, and 50x zoom.

Drew Blackard, vice president of product management at Samsung Electronics America, described the new features in a press briefing.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: A guide to everything you need to know  (TechRepublic)

Both devices will be available on Aug. 21 with preorders starting on Aug. 6 at 12: 01 a.m. The Note 20 starts at $999 and the Ultra at $1,299. 

Here’s a look at the features that will mean the most to business users.

Smarter features for Samsung Notes

Samsung has added several new components to Notes. On the Note 20, the new Samsung Notes Live Sync allows users to save all notes straight to the cloud and access them from a phone, tablet, or PC. When it’s time to turn notes from a meeting into a PowerPoint presentation, Note users can access documents from the phone on a laptop. 

Voice Note Replay is another new feature that allows users to attach and time-sync voice recordings. 

“So, if you record and take notes at the same time, you can go back and tap any word that you jotted down, and with the Voice Note Replay, it’ll play back the audio from the exact moment that word was mentioned,” Blackard said during the press call. 

The updated Notes application has these three new features also: 

  • Direct imports of PDFs into Samsung Notes
  • Better handwriting recognition via deep learning technology
  • New system for saving and organizing notes with a PC-like folder structure 

Samsung Notes now automatically syncs with Microsoft Outlook as well. Samsung also has improved Link to Windows in this phone release to give users access to mobile apps screen mirrored right to a PC. 

“Later this year, Link to Windows will support up to six apps at the same time, so you’ll be able to work across your devices in real time,” Blackard said. “We’ll also be enhancing the experience of drag and drop to make moving files between devices.”

SEE: Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (TechRepublic)

DeX goes wireless

Screencasting and moving from the small screen to a big one are easier than ever with the improvements to this feature. Now this feature works wirelessly, no cables needed. DeX, a Samsung application that converts a tablet or phone into a PC-like functionality, works on all smart TVs that support mirror cast, which includes all Samsung smart TVs from 2019 forward. 

S Pen improvements

Samsung has improved the latency of the Note 20’s S Pen by 40% over the Note 10, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features an 80% improvement. That’s down to nine milliseconds. 

Samsung has added several new Air Actions for the S Pen also. Blackard shared this example during the press call:

“Air Actions make leading a presentation from your phone more seamless than ever. You can use any of the five new gestures on your S Pen, which help you navigate your device and run the show from any app. So, imagine you’re in the middle of a presentation and you want to share a specific video from your gallery. Simply gesture with the S Pen from across the room. You’ll jump over to recent apps, open the video, and then you can hop right back into your presentation.” 

Connectivity: 5G and ultra wide band 

Both phones have 5G connectivity. The Note 20 also has ultra wide band (UWB) technology with directional and spatial awareness. This new proximity-based feature allows users to share files just by pointing a Note at another UWB device, functionality Samsung is calling “point to share.” UWB also enables the phone to be used as a touchless digital key. If the Note is in a person’s pocket or handbag, a UWB-enabled lock will unlock just as the person passes it. The Note 20 also has on-device optimizations for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 

Better battery life

The Note 20 can gain more than 50% charge in 30 minutes and has a 4,300mAH battery. The Ultra has a 4,500mAH battery.

Hardware updates

The Galaxy Note 20 has a 6.7 inch display. The Ultra has a 6.9 inch display and a 120 hertz refresh rate. The phone also has an adaptive refresh rate, which means the device automatically adjusts to the content being viewed to optimize battery life. The Note 20 Ultra has full 5G support and the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 plus processor.

Finally, the Ultra will be available in mystic bronze, mystic black, and mystic white. The Note 20 comes in mystic gray, mystic green, and mystic bronze. 

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Samsung Galaxy Watch3: Everything you need to know

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The latest Galaxy smartwatch features a slimmer design that’s packed with new features for health and fitness.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 comes in 41mm and 45mm versions.

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Samsung unveiled its latest smartwatch at Galaxy Unpacked during a livestream from Korea on Wednesday, August 5. The Galaxy Watch3 is the third generation of Galaxy smartwatches, with the first Galaxy Watch debuting in 2018. 

The Galaxy watches are popular because they have a traditional watch appearance, but offer all of the functionality of a smartwatch, including health and fitness features, contactless payment and mobile apps. 

Doug Wagner, director of product planning at Samsung Electronics America, introduced the new watch in a press briefing and said, “Even before we were stuck at home, the smartwatch market was growing at a double-digit pace. Consumers were trading in their fitness bands for top-of- the-line smartwatches, ones that look great, feel great and perform great. And now it’s clear that consumers want even more from their smartwatches as they’re becoming more health conscious. And we need devices that go beyond basic step counting.”

SEE: Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 (TechRepublic)

What is new about the Galaxy Watch3?

This is the newest version of the Samsung smartwatch. The history of the Samsung smartwatches began with the introduction of the Gear S2 in 2015. In 2016, Samsung introduced the Gear S3. In 2018, the first Galaxy Watch debuted. And in 2019, the Galaxy Watch Active2 was released. 

Comparing the 45mm Galaxy Watch3 to the 46mm Galaxy Watch, it is 14% thinner at 11.1mm (versus 13mm), 15% lighter at 53.8g (versus 63g), and yet it has a bigger screen that’s 1.4″ compared to 1.3″ for the original Galaxy Watch and a battery that lasts 2+ days, according to Samsung. 

It also has an array of new health and fitness features and can track 40 different types of exercise and running coaching tools.

It still features a rotating bezel to allow you to access to apps, sift through notifications and toggle between widgets, but the bezel is slimmer to increase the size of the screen. 

“Our goal is for the Galaxy Watch3 to be the center of your wellness experience, a convenient everyday companion with an ever-expanding toolkit. Over the years, we’ve grown our fitness and training features, integrated sleep and stress tracking, and now we’re working to offer new experiences with health monitoring,” Wagner said.

There’s both Bluetooth and LTE models available, so with an LTE version, the user can receive notifications and complete NFC payments through Samsung Pay even if they leave their phone at home when they’re out running errands. 

What are some of the new health features in the Galaxy Watch3?

The Galaxy Watch3 offers on-demand VO2 max readings.

There’s new sleep tracking to measure breathing, vitals and REM cycles through a partnership with the National Sleep Foundation. 

There’s trip detection so that if the accelerometer detects the user has tripped on a run, slipped down the stairs or taken a fall while in motion, there’s an option to send a custom SOS message.

Blood oxygen measurements will be an upcoming new feature in an app. Samsung is also developing a Samsung Health Monitor app, which includes ECG and blood pressure tracking powered by a small electrocardiograph and plethysmograph. Both of those apps will initially be available only in South Korea; Samsung is still waiting for authorization from the FDA in the US. 

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Watch3: 7 top health and fitness features (TechRepublic)

What are the sizes and colors that the Galaxy Watch3 comes in?

It comes in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm. The colors for the 45mm version are Mystic Black and Mystic Silver, while the 41mm version comes in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver. The bands are interchangeable on each watch. 

What is the price of the Galaxy Watch3?

The 45mm version will start at $429.99 for a Bluetooth version. The 41mm version will start at $399.99 for a Bluetooth version. The Galaxy Watch3 LTE will also come in 41mm and 45mm sizes, and those will start at $449.99 and $479.99, respectively.

When can I purchase the Galaxy Watch3?

Galaxy Watch3 Bluetooth and LTE will be available beginning August 6.

What are the specs of the Galaxy Watch3?

Color: Stainless Steel: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White; Titanium: Mystic Black

Material: Stainless Steel case with premium leather strap; Titanium case with metal strap

Dimensions and Weight: 45mm: 45 x 46.2 x 11.1mm, 53.8g (Stainless Steel)/43g (Titanium)

41mm: 41 x 42.5 x 11.3mm, 49.2g (Stainless Steel) *measured without strap

Display: 45mm: 1.4″ (34mm)/41mm: 1.2″ (30mm), Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass DX

Battery: 45mm: 340mAh/41mm: 247mAh WPC-based wireless charging

AP: Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz

OS: Tizen Based Wearable OS 5.5

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB Internal Memory

Connectivity: LTEBluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou7, *LTE connectivity only available in LTE models

Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, HRM, ECG, Ambient Light

Durability: 5ATM + IP68/MIL-STD-810G

Compatibility: Android: Android 5.0 or higher & RAM 1.5 GB above, iOS: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

The Galaxy Watch3 in Mystic Black.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch3: 7 top health and fitness features

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Exercise tracking, ECG and blood pressure monitoring, trip detection and sleep reports are just some of the tools to look for in the new Samsung Galaxy Watch3.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 was announced on August 5 at Galaxy Unpacked.

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The newest Samsung Galaxy smartwatch is loaded with health and fitness features. The device, the Galaxy Watch3, was announced on Wednesday at Galaxy Unpacked. 

The smartwatch features fitness tracking and running coaching tools, advanced sleep scoring, and the ability to work out at home with Samsung Smart View. Users can choose from 120 video workouts on the Samsung Health app on their Galaxy smartphone. They can use DeX to stream the workout onto their Samsung smart TV and pause, play or stop the workout as they monitor their heart rate and more with the Galaxy Watch3.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Watch3: Everything you need to know (TechRepublic)

Exercise tracking and auto detection

The Galaxy Watch3 can track 40 different types of exercise from running to yoga to interval training. It will auto detect seven of them as soon as an exercise routine begins. 

“For the other 33, just raise your wrist and say, ‘begin pull ups or start squats,’ and enjoy seamless end-to-end workout tracking. Your watch will take care of the rest automatically, logging your sets, reps and distances. The only thing it can’t do is the exercise itself, and I’ve tried asking,” said Doug Wagner, director of product planning at Samsung Electronics America, during a press briefing.

Digital running coach

The watch also serves as a digital running coach with real-time feedback on pace and form and personalized post-workout reports. The reports offer insight into contact time, flight time, regularity, undulation, asymmetry and stiffness, all to help improve performance and reduce injury. 

SEE: Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 (TechRepublic)

VO2 max readings available on demand

“We’re also providing new display options so you can focus on what matters most to you during your runs. You can choose between basic, which displays pace duration and heart rate, custom, which features the six personalized indexes, and heart rate zone, which lets you monitor your workout intensity. And to help you track your progress over time, you can access on-demand VO2 max readings. Whether you’re training for a race or just trying to boost your endurance, VO2 is the gold standard for measuring cardio fitness,” Wagner said.

Sleep tracking algorithm

Recovery is another option on the Galaxy Watch3. Sleep quality is an important part of recovery, and there’s new sleep tracking capabilities on the device. Through Samsung’s partnership with the National Sleep Foundation, each night the watch will automatically measure breathing, vitals and REM cycles. It will then use a five-figure algorithm to score the quality of the user’s rest for the evening. And each morning it will deliver a detailed report on sleep duration, quality and consistency and tips on how to improve.

Trip detection and custom SOS message

There’s a trip detection feature on the new watch that uses the accelerometer to detect if someone has tripped on a run, slipped down the stairs or taken a fall while in motion. If a trip is detected, there’s an option to send a custom SOS message. 

Oxygen monitor coming

A new experience is in the works. Once it launches, users will be able to check their oxygen saturation in the Samsung Health app for fitness and wellness purposes. The Galaxy Watch3 will measure the amount of oxygen in their blood, displaying a percentage up to 100%, and in the SpO2 app, the user can leave notes and view trends over days, weeks and months. 

ECG and blood pressure tracking

Samsung is developing the Samsung Health Monitor app, which includes ECG and blood pressure tracking powered by a small electrocardiograph and plethysmograph. The ECG and blood pressure tracking will initially be available only in South Korea while Samsung waits for authorization from the FDA in the US. 

“The ECG tracking is designed to utilize the built-in electrodes on the watch to measure your heart rate and classify it as either normal or AFib. When it comes to blood pressure, we have developed an advanced algorithm to help capture your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. That was designed to provide on-demand readings, and requires one initial calibration using a blood pressure cuff as well as periodic recalibration,” Wagner explained.

The Galaxy Watch3 is available on August 6. The 45mm version will start at $429.99 for a Bluetooth version; the 41mm version will start at $399.99 for a Bluetooth version. The Galaxy Watch 3 LTE will also come in 41mm and 45mm sizes, and those will start at $449.99 and $479.99, respectively.

The Samsung Watch3 is designed with an array of fitness and lifestyle features.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus guide: A tablet for the new normal of remote work

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Larger screen, more RAM/storage, improved DeX experience and 5G make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus very effective laptop alternatives.

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on Aug. 5. The new Tab S tablets were announced along with a host of other Samsung products including the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra phones, Galaxy Watch 3 wearable and Galaxy Buds Live earbuds. This year’s Unpacked event was completely digital due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data cited by Samsung, since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. in-home mobile data usage has grown by almost 50% and more than 25% of professionals report they have either started using video conferencing or are using it more often. Of people employed before the pandemic, about 50% are now working from home and 87% of mobility decision makers expect their employees will continue to work remotely.

“There’s been a real shift in the way that we work and live. And with that shift, technology has played a crucial role in helping us stay connected, be productive and manage our day to day,” Drew Blackard, vice president of product management at Samsung Electronics America said. 

For many, Samsung expects these changes to be permanent and wants to offer consumers devices that help them merge work and play. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are designed to help achieve that goal by blending a laptop-like work environment using Samsung DeX and an improved keyboard with the entertainment qualities of a tablet.

Indeed, Samsung hopes the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus will be a laptop replacement for many and shared that one third of Galaxy Tab S6 buyers started out looking for a PC. “That number will grow as more workers become remote and as more businesses assess their needs,” Bob Escalle, head of product management, Mobile B2B, Samsung Electronics America said.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus new features and hardware upgrades

The most important new feature for Samsung’s 2020 Galaxy Tab S tablet is that there are now two models to choose from, the Tab S7 with its 11″ LTPS TFT display and the Tab S7 Plus with its 12.4″ Super AMOLED screen. For comparison, last year’s Galaxy Tab S6 had a 10.5″ display.

Along with the larger screens, Samsung packed plenty of other hardware upgrades into the Tab S7 and Tab S7+. Both tablets have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G Mobile Platform processor, come with either 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and have higher-capacity batteries than last year’s Tab S6. Samsung has also added 5G support to both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus.

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The S Pen, included with both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus, also got an update. The new S Pen is larger, features a “more comfortable grip” and has reduced latency. Samsung has also added support for five new Air Actions (motion gestures) to the S Pen. Users can now trigger Back, Home, Recent, Smart Select and Screen Write commands with the flick of their wrist.

Samsung Notes has also been updated to take advantage of the new S Pen. You can now import PDFs into Samsung Notes and write directly on the PDF, an incredibly handy feature for signing digital documents. You can use Audio Bookmark to sync voice recordings with written notes, better manage your notes with folders and sync your notes across your tablet, phone, and PC via Samsung Cloud.

Multitasking has been improved with a Multi-Active Window feature that allows you to use up to three apps simultaneously via split view. You can also use App Pair to automatically launch up to three apps at the same time.

The Samsung Book Cover Keyboard has also gotten a significant update, with a larger trackpad that supports multi-finger gestures and more standard computer keys.

The 8MP front camera has been moved to the center of the tablet’s right side. When oriented in landscape mode, this puts the camera at the top of the screen like you find on most laptops.

A full list of hardware specifications for each tablet are available at the bottom of this article.

SEE: Photos: A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ (TechRepublic)

Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus


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is getting two big upgrades with the launch of the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus.

First, when you connect the Book Cover Keyboard to the tablet, DeX can automatically launch in a new standalone mode that provides a more desktop-like UI, with a unique task bar, keyboard shortcuts, and adjustable screen settings.

Second, like the Samsung Note S20 and Note S20 Ultra, DeX on the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus can connect wirelessly to a smart TV that supports mirror cast, which includes any Samsung smart TV from 2019 onward.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy S20: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vs Tab S7 Plus: Which one should you buy?

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus are similar in many ways. Both tablets have the same processor, the same storage and RAM options, identical cameras, four speakers, a USB-C connector, and run Android 10. An updated version of Samsung’s S Pen is also included with both devices. The Tab S7 and S7 Plus versions of the new S Pen are larger than the Note20 and Note20 Ultra. There are new versions of Samsung’s book cover and keyboard book cover (sold separately) are also available for each tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 in Mystic Bronze

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The more-expensive Tab S7 Plus differentiates itself with a larger Super AMOLED display, higher-capacity battery, bundled Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G connectivity, and a fingerprint scanner built into the display. You also get a more laptop-like experience with the S7 Plus thanks to the 12 Function keys available on the S7 Plus version of the Book Cover Keyboard.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus available colors

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus are available in three colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus pricing and availability

The Galaxy Tab S7 has a starting price of $649 (US) with the Tab S7 Plus starting at $849 (US) and will be available this fall.

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Galaxy Tab S7 hardware specs

  • Operating system: Android 10
  • Screen: 11″ 2560×1600 (WQXGA) LTPS TFT, 120Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G Mobile Platform
  • RAM/Storage: 6GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB, microSD up to 1TB
  • Battery: 8,000mAh
  • Rear cameras: 13MP (main) + 5MP (ultra wide) + flash
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Wireless connectivity: 5G 
  • Connector: 1 USB-C (3.2 Gen)
  • Speakers: Quad speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light, Hall sensor, fingerprint (on the side key)
  • Accessories: S Pen (included); Book Cover and Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Weight/Model: 486g (Wi-Fi), 500g (LTE), 502g (5G)
  • Dimensions: 253.8mm (W) x 165.3mm (H) / 6.3mm thick
  • Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
  • Cost: Starts at $649 (US)

Galaxy Tab S7 Plus hardware specs

  • Operating system: Android 10
  • Screen: 12.4″ 2800×1752 (WQXGA+), sAMOLED, 120Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G Mobile Platform
  • RAM/Storage: 6GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB, microSD up to 1TB
  • Battery: 10,090mAh
  • Rear cameras: 13MP (main) + 5MP (ultra wide) + flash
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Wireless connectivity: 5G 
  • Connector: 1 USB-C (3.2 Gen)
  • Speakers: Quad speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light, Hall sensor, fingerprint (on the display)
  • Accessories: S Pen (included); Book Cover and Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Weight/Model: 575g (Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G)
  • Dimensions: 253.8mm (W) x 165.3mm (H) / 6.3mm thick
  • Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver, Mystic Bronze
  • Cost: Starts at $849 (US)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+: 5 essential features for business users

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With the Tab S7 and S7+, Samsung focuses on enhancing remote collaboration as more teams shift to the virtual workplace.

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Wednesday, Samsung announced a host of new products at Galaxy Unpacked 2020. Two of the more standout unveilings include a pair of tablets: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. These latest tablets build on the foundation of the Tab S6 with a focus on remote collaboration as more organizations shift to the virtual office due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five of our favorite Tab S7 and S7+ features for telecommuting business professionals.

Plenty of room to work

The Tab S7 features an 11-inch display and the S7+ includes a massive 12.4-inch AMOLED display for those looking for a little more digital workspace. In the era of the Zoom room, this ample viewing area enables professionals to attend virtual conferences with a more spacious look and feel. The larger display area allows users to more aptly run several applications on the screen at the same time. For those who prefer even more screen space, Samsung representatives at a press briefing explained that the Tab S7 will also support wireless stack, allowing users to project their screen onto larger compatible displays.

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Enhanced S-Pen

Samsung also announced all-around updates to the S-Pen. The new S-Pen is a bit larger than its predecessor, however, it’s also more responsive. The new model touts a latency of nine milliseconds, according to Samsung. With reduced lag, this near real-time response rate gives the S-Pen a more “natural” feel when taking notes or adding to the virtual whiteboard during a video conference. The slightly bulkier build also gives the new S-Pen a tactile experience more comparable to a traditional pen or pencil.

5G-enabled

The Tab S7+ and the S7 will also be the first tablets with 5G capabilities available for purchase in the US, according to Samsung. This 5G connectivity will enable snappier downloads, increased bandwidth, and crisper virtual conferencing from afar. These new capabilities, of course, can only be used if 5G is available in your area. There are still gaps in 5G coverage around the country, meaning many may have to wait to fully realize the potential of their Tab S7 and S7+ tablets.

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The keyboard reimagined

The keyboard also receives a few key upgrades with the latest tablet iterations. Both new tablets feature a wider touchpad with multi-touch gesturing. The S7+ keyboard boasts an entirely new sixth row of function keys for improved performance. Samsung has leveraged this expanded touchpad, multi-touch gesturing, and new function keys to create a more traditional PC workspace feel with the versatility of a tablet.

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DeX upgrades

In the past, some users have had to use dongles or cables to take advantage of Samsung’s DeX, a platform that converts a tablet to computer functionality. With the latest tablets, DeX will automatically load once the keyboard is attached to the display, according to Samsung. This means users will no longer need dedicated accessories, further streamlining workflows and workstations.

With these upgrades, Samsung has engineered the Tab S7 and S7+ to enhance the user experience for remote collaboration and more. As organizations continue to adopt telecommuting policies in the short-term and long-term, the S7 and S7+ offer remote workstation capabilities with the versatility of a tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: A guide to everything you need to know

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The two newest Samsung flagship 5G smartphones are designed for video conferencing, gaming and document creation.

The Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are the newest smartphones from Samsung. Both devices were announced at the first ever all-digital Galaxy Unpacked 2020 on August 5. 

Mobile data usage has grown during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as how people live and working from home offices is likely to become the permanent norm for many people. The phones are designed with that in mind so that people can use their devices for both work and play, said Drew Blackard, vice president of product management at Samsung Electronics America, in a press briefing. 

“In the US alone, in-home mobile data usage has grown by nearly 50% since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Nearly a third of consumers are reporting that they’re texting, chatting and messaging more in the wake of COVID-19. And more than a quarter of professionals have said that they either started using video conferencing or are using it more often,” Blackard said.

This guide will give you all of the key details about both the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and will be updated as new information is available.

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What are the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are the two latest flagship phones from Samsung. The 5G phones are the 10th generation of the stylus line of Galaxy smartphones and replace the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, which were announced in August 2019. There was no Galaxy Note 6, which is why the Note 20 is only the tenth generation. The Note 20’s predecessors include the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are 5G phones with extra-large displays; the Note 20 is 6.7 inches, and the Note 20 Ultra is 6.9 inches. The battery size is 4,300mAh for the Note 20, which matches the size in the Note 10+ last year, and 4,500mAh for the Note 20 Ultra, which is the largest battery yet in a Samsung phone. The Note 20 will give a 50% charge in 30 minutes. 

The phones have ultra-wideband (UWB) technology with directional and spatial awareness. Files can be shared by pointing the smartphone at another UWB device.

What features are new on the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The S Pen, which is the stylus that comes with the phone, works in conjunction with a new productivity tool called Samsung Notes Live Sync. Voice Note Replay allows the user to attach and time sync voice recordings by simply tapping on a word on the notes that they took down at the same time the recording was made. 

The user can import a PDF into Samsung Notes to directly annotate or highlight it. The files can be marked up directly on the phone and then exported back into PowerPoint to be edited on a PC. 

Handwriting recognition has been improved through advanced artificial intelligence. Deep learning technology can create a database of the user’s handwriting, and Samsung Notes can turn the user’s writing into tidy penmanship. 

There’s also a new feature for saving and organizing notes with a PC-like folder structure so it’s easier to keep track of them. 

There’s a new suite of integrations with enhancements to Link to Windows that gives access to the mobile apps screen mirrored directly to the user’s PC; this means the user doesn’t have to hunt for their phone to take care of quick tasks or notifications. Later in 2020, Link to Windows will support up to six apps at the same time so there will be an option to work across devices in real time with no need to switch back and forth. There will also be an enhancement for dragging and dropping to make moving files between devices easier. 

What is new about the S Pen?

The S Pen is being used for more than writing–it’s also for navigating. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, there is a 40% latency improvement over the Note 10, and with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, there is an 80% improvement. It is down to 9 milliseconds, aiming for a low latency that graphic artists and architects will appreciate. 

Air Actions still exist with the S Pen, so that users can remotely control their smartphone with the stylus. The control options are expanding to include five more gestures. 

What are the storage and memory capabilities of the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 has 8 GB RAM with 128 GB of internal storage. The Samsung Note 20 Ultra has 12 GB RAM with either 128 GB of internal storage or 512 GB of internal storage with up to 512 GB of external storage available through a microSD. 

The Note 9 had a microsSD card slot, but it was dropped on the Note 10 and only included on the larger Note 10+. That trend continues this year, with the microSD only available on the Note 20 Ultra. 

What kind of display and screen do the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has a 25% higher peak brightness than the Note 10. The Samsung Note 20 Ultra has a 120 hertz refresh rate, plus an adaptive refresh rate. The Note 20 has a 6.7-inch display, and the Ultra has a 6.9-inch display. 

What should gamers know about the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

There is a library of more than 100 Xbox games that you can stream from the cloud through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This includes Minecraft Dungeons, Forza Horizon Four and Gears of War Five Ultimate Edition. 

There are on-device optimizations for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so gamers will be able to level up their gaming experience with a Bluetooth controller for an immersive console-like gaming experience. 

How has DeX changed?

Samsung DeX is still an important component of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. When it first launched, it took a dedicated accessory to use DeX. Then only a small dongle was needed or the provided power cable. Now DeX connects wirelessly. 

DeX can be used on any smart TV that supports mirror cast. This includes any Samsung smart TV from 2019 onward. 

Has the camera been upgraded on the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Note 20 features an updated pro video mode that allows the user to capture 8K videos at 24 frames per second, with a 21 x 9 aspect ratio. There’s also a new camera sensor on the Note 20 Ultra that has a super fast laser auto focus. There’s a 50x zoom on the Note 20 Ultra and a 30x zoom on the Note 20. 

What are the color options for the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes in Mystic Gray, Mystic Green and Mystic Bronze. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White. There is a textured haze effect that is intended to cut down on fingerprints and smudges. 

Where and when can I buy the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

Both devices will be available to purchase on August 21. Pre-orders on Samsung.com begin on August 6 at 12: 01 AM ET. Anyone who pre-orders the Note 20 between Aug. 6-20 on Samsung.com will receive $100 in Samsung credit, and anyone who pre-orders the Note 20 Ultra on Samsung.com will receive $150 in Samsung credit. Samsung credit can be redeemed at Samsung.com or on the Shop Samsung app. 

Anyone who pre-orders can use their Samsung credit towards the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundle. The bundle includes a Bluetooth gaming controller optimized for playing Xbox games from the cloud (beta) on the Galaxy Note 20 series and 3 months of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, starting September 15.

Starting Aug. 6, AT&T customers can visit att.com/galaxynote20ultra5g to pre-order any device from the Galaxy Note 20 5G series, with availability in-store and online beginning August 21. For a limited time, new and existing AT&T customers that trade in an eligible smartphone can get a $1,000 credit toward the Note 20 when they buy it on a 30-month installment plan with an AT&T unlimited plan.

What are the specifications of the Galaxy Note 20?

Screen: 6.7″ FHD+ (Flat) 60Hz

Rear Camera: 12MP, 64MP, 12MP; 3x Op, 30x Di

Front Camera: 10MP

Battery: 4,300mAh

Storage/RAM: 8 GB/128 GB

Processor: Snapdragon 865+

5G Networks: Sub6/mmWave

Color: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green

Other: S-Pen 26ms, IP68, Stereo SPK

Cost: Starting at $999.99

What are the specifications of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?

Screen: 6.9″ WQHD+ (Edge) 120Hz

Rear Camera: 12MP, 108MP, 12MP; 5x Op, 50x Di

Front Camera: 10MP

Battery: 4,500mAh

Storage/RAM: 12 GB/128 GB and 512 GB

Processor: Snapdragon 865+

5G Networks: Sub6/mmWave

Color: Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, Mystic Black

Other: Auto Refresh Rate, SD Card, UWB, S Pen 9ms, IP68, Stereo SPK

Cost: Starting at $1,299.99

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (above left) and the Galaxy Note 20 (above right).

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