Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE evaluation: Fan Version? Lite Version extra prefer it!


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is the cheaper different to Samsung’s vary of premium tablets. How does this slimmer Android pill carry out on this NextPit evaluation? Learn all about it right here.


Excessive-quality workmanship
Enticing design
5G connectivity
S Pen included
12.4-inch show
Good battery life
Respectable sound


No AMOLED show
60 Hertz refresh price
Solely 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
Snapdragon 750G SoC is just not flagship degree
No fingerprint sensor
Too costly for a Lite model

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE in a nutshell
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is priced proper beneath the producer’s vary of premium tablets. Sadly, the technical specs are much more restricted, with a good variety of compromises made. A Snapdragon 750G SoC mated to a meager 4 GB RAM and  64 GB of inside storage is just not sufficient for me. The 12.4-inch IPS panel is respectable, however the 60 Hertz refresh price in 2021 fails to impress.On the plus facet, nevertheless, there’s an included S Pen, and it’s also possible to make the most of a 5G community, though the battery leaves nothing to be desired. The design and workmanship are good high quality as typical, however sadly, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is unable to keep up a excessive technical degree.The underside line for me is that this: It’s all quite underwhelming for a pill the place the MSRP is $669 or $529 for the WLAN model.
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Will we nonetheless advocate the pill? Sure, if it needs to be a really massive, well-made Android pill, of which you shouldn’t have excessive expectations from it by way of efficiency. Personally, I’d quite go for the marginally smaller (11-inch), however far more highly effective Galaxy Tab S7.

Design and show

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is available in a big construct that oozes with good workmanship – that’s how the pill presents itself through the unibody design. Sadly, the show can’t fairly sustain with the remainder of this degree.
What I preferred:
Excessive-quality chassis.
Nice workmanship.
microSD slot.
Vivid IPS show.
What I disliked:
Solely 60 Hertz refresh price.
No AMOLED show.
S Pen not built-in into the case.
Samsung is aware of the way to make high-end merchandise, that’s unquestionably. That is additionally true for the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which feels superb throughout. It might not be really useful for one-handed use because it ideas the scales at 608 grams, however I am actually taken in by the truth that the Tab S7 FE is so sturdily constructed regardless of being simply over 6 mm skinny.You might have a alternative of black or silver shades for the unibody design. In both case, it is possible for you to to get pleasure from an amazing construct high quality together with buttons which merely work splendidly.

It seems to be elegant, does not it? / © NextPit

If there was a slot that would accommodate the S Pen, I’d be virtually pleased with the general pill design. Sadly, it’s a must to stay with the truth that it’s a must to connect the S Pen to the again or the facet through magnet. Not an amazing resolution in my view, particularly while you’re on the go. Nonetheless, you’ll have to kind at an angle on the pill while you place it and the S Pen on the desk.It’s also value mentioning that there are solely two audio system included right here as an alternative of the traditional 4 present in its higher-priced fashions, and that you may additionally insert a microSD card within the card slot along with the nano-SIM. Sadly, the latter may even be required very quickly in any respect since Samsung has geared up the Galaxy Tab S7 FE with a mere 64 GB of space for storing. In actuality, round 47 GB is on the market after bearing in mind system information.

A 5 MP cam sits above the LCD show / © NextPit

I do not just like the show that a lot, which could possibly be as a result of Samsung making vital sacrifices right here in comparison with its personal vary of premium tablets. My disappointment could be summed up in three letters: LCD! Do not misunderstand me: The 12.4-inch IPS panel has a decision of two,560 x 1,600 pixels and is sort of vivid and provides secure viewing angles, respectable distinction, and pretty excessive shade accuracy.Nonetheless, we’re used to raised shows from the AMOLED kings, and that additionally applies to the refresh price of solely 60 Hertz. Only a reminder: The Galaxy Tab S7 and the Plus variant provide AMOLED panels sport a 120 Hertz refresh price!Samsung has offered us with a top-class case and construct high quality, however has additionally armed it with an unconvincing LCD show. The latter is a disappointment as a result of Samsung can achieve this significantly better for a tool that prices $600 or extra.

Software program and operation

Samsung not solely supplies us with its One UI 3.1 pores and skin for the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, but in addition with an S Pen. It is a nice combo to have the ability to work with the pill.
What I preferred:
S Pen included.
One UI 3.1.
What I disliked:
S Pen with out Bluetooth.
No fingerprint sensor.
Fairly sluggish and unreliable face recognition.
I’ve a confession to make: I am not a giant fan of Samsung’s One UI. Typically, there are nice options that include this interface, however I identical to inventory Android because it seems to be as easy and purposeful as potential. One UI followers ought to undoubtedly learn our article about the very best One UI ideas and tips! I might additionally prefer to advocate Antoine’s evaluation of the Galaxy S21 Extremely, wherein he goes into nice element regarding One UI 3.1.Nonetheless, the person interface holds many attention-grabbing options such because the multi-window possibility that enables me to rearrange three home windows concurrently. Generally, it needs to be stated that it’s extra productive to work on a 12.4-inch pill than on a smartphone. Nonetheless, I at all times have disdain for Android on the subject of remodeling a cellular machine right into a cellular productiveness instrument. There are good use circumstances, however for “actual” work I favor to make use of a pocket book.

In any case, neither the pill nor the S Pen is to blamed for the ugly writing / © NextPit

Talking of use circumstances: I am an enormous fan of the Notes app which I loved utilizing with the S Pen through the evaluation. I’d by no means have used multi-windows on smartphones, however on such a big show, it’s the most pure factor to do as I can watch a video and take notes with the S Pen concurrently.Swiping to the suitable will carry you to Samsung Free that provides you information and different free media content material. As soon as once more, I’ve to confess that I used this feature to show Google Uncover as an alternative. I say all this with none prejudice, as it’s only a matter of style.Talking of the S Pen: I’ve preferred the pen because the very first Word, and its evolution as effectively. However my fingers generally do discover it troublesome to make use of at occasions, similar to once I wish to press the button on the S Pen once more and miss it fully.In any other case, I get pleasure from writing with the S Pen and secretly daydream about how nice it will have been to learn from a 120 Hz refresh price. You’ll be able to convert handwriting to letters in real-time as effectively, and the final really feel of the pen is good.

The pen could be hooked up to the again and facet through magnet – not an optimum resolution / © NextPit

Sadly, that is additionally simply the usual S Pen and which means no Bluetooth assist and no Air Gestures. I am additionally not solely pleased with pinning the S Pen to the again or facet of the pill through magnet. Doing so retains it out of your hand and fees it mechanically, however I might quite have the ability to have it slot into the machine itself.I additionally see the danger of dropping the S Pen with extended use and frequent cellular work conditions. It is because though it’s held up magnetically, while you place it in your backpack, it may well drop off the pill quite simply.All in all, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a flexible and nice pill because of the S Pen and enormous kind issue. Nonetheless, it’s not one thing that replaces a full-fledged laptop in my view.

Energy and battery life

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE with the Snapdragon 750G is just not a lot of a powerhouse. Nonetheless, the ten,090 mAh battery is ready to final the gap.
What I preferred:
No extreme heating.
Respectable battery life.
What I disliked:
Mediocre efficiency from the Snapdragon 750G SoC.
Gradual “Fast” charging.
Wanting on the Snapdragon 865+ within the Galaxy Tab S7+ after which evaluating it to the Snapdragon 750G within the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you’d usually pout. This pout will little question resurface while you use processor-intensive apps, open too many Chrome tabs, or play extra technically demanding video games. Genshin Influence with its graphics settings set to “full blast” is just not one thing that I’d advocate doing on this machine.Nonetheless, I am normally extra into informal video games anyway, and it is greater than sufficient to deal with these. The identical could be stated for media consumption. The Snapdragon 750 G SoC doesn’t drop to its knees throughout in depth Netflix classes. What else is pleasant? It doesn’t overheat in any respect, with the temperature remaining inside a really manageable vary.Let’s check out the benchmark outcomes:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE with Snapdragon 750G

Benchmark take a look at

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

3D Mark WildLife

3D-Mark WildLife Stress Check

Geekbench 5 (Single/Multi)

Binge-watching can also be one thing that the ten,090 mAh battery can deal with with out breaking a sweat. The battery will get you thru the day moderately effectively, even should you’re nonetheless binge-watching up until the fourth episode of Blacklist. Samsung guarantees as much as 13 hours of video playback, and I feel that the pill really delivers on this side.It seems to be a bit totally different while you use extra demanding functions that require the SoC to work extra time. The battery will run out of juice far sooner. This pill lasted 5:47 hours in PC Mark’s battery benchmark take a look at.Blessed is the one who will get, individually, Samsung’s 45-Watt charger. It will probably cost the Galaxy Tab S7 FE to full capability inside 90 minutes. Nonetheless, should you use the included 15-Watt charger, the battery will solely attain the 100% mark after being plugged in for greater than three hours and ten minutes.Other than its charging velocity, I actually just like the battery capability. The pill stays pleasantly cool even underneath heavy use, however the efficiency is simply what you’d anticipate from a Snapdragon SoC with the quantity 7 in entrance: A median performer.

Technical specs
Earlier than I break down the specs for you right here, I want to point out just a few factors that I feel are value mentioning.

4 GB RAM and 64 GB of inside reminiscence are outrageous for a $600 pill!
As a substitute of getting 4, Samsung solely depends on a pair of audio system right here. Nonetheless, they ship surprisingly good sound. In the event you flip up the music too loud, it does crack a bit.
Cameras are additionally out there, however I hope that nobody actually walks round with a 12.4-inch pill to snap footage. There’s an 8MP digicam on the again, and a 5MP shooter within the entrance.
No 3.5 mm jack.

Rear cameras on tablets – so, so vital! / © NextPit

Galaxy Tab S7 FE at a look

Technical knowledge


Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

12.4-inch LCD panel with a decision of two,560 x 1,600 pixels (WQXGA) 60 Hertz refresh price


Software program
Android 11 with One UI 3.1

10,090 mAh, Fast Charging with as much as 45 watts (offered individually), in any other case 15 watts

8 MP rear, 5 MP entrance

5G, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, Bluetooth 5.0

Dimensions and weight
185.0 x 284.8 x 6.3 mm, 608 grams

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The FE suffix stands for Fan Version. This labored nice for the
Galaxy S20 FE, however sadly this idea is misplaced on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. The pill apparently targets the mid-range market, being considerably cheaper than Samsung’s very personal Galaxy Tab S7+, however in my view, the really useful retail value of $669 is just too costly.

This in all probability all sounds too unfavorable, however the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is definitely an okay pill. It’s enormous, seems to be nice. and is effectively constructed. It additionally provides good battery life and can be utilized with the S Pen which is included. The show is okay, the Snapdragon 750G SoC is okay should you do not wish to do something out of the strange with the pill, and the multitasking capabilities of One UI! mixed with the big display screen and S Pen undoubtedly have one thing going for them.

So lovely and but so blended / © NextPit

However there are additionally factors the place, in my view, Samsung failed miserably in trimming the necessities. Why a 60 Hz as an alternative of 120 Hz refresh price, and why the LCD show as an alternative of a gorgeous AMOLED display screen? Using a Snapdragon 750G SoC as an alternative of a Snapdragon 865+ and the minimal 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of inside storage additionally grates. Oh sure, not forgetting the lacking 3.5 mm audio jack, lack of NFC, or lacking fingerprint sensor.

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You’ll be able to undoubtedly provide the Galaxy Tab S7 FE as it’s, however undoubtedly not for greater than $600. At a value level the place you possibly can already get the higher geared up Galaxy Tab S7 and even an eighth technology iPad, this pricing technique is just out of whack. Purchase this pill for all I care, however provided that you explicitly want an amazing Samsung pill with S Pen assist that is cheaper than the Galaxy Tab S7+. The remainder of us would possibly wish to take a look at the sparsely populated Android pill marketplace for different alternate options (Galaxy Tab S6, anybody?) or rethink what Apple has to supply.