A while ago, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE was rolled out in the Malaysian market and Samsung has kindly sent us the new tablet to try out if it will succeed to be the new fan-favourite device at a lower price than the original Galaxy Tab S7. Without further ado, let's see how the mid-ranger will appeal to us!
It comes in a simple white box with a picture of the tablet and its name on top. It comes in three colours in the Malaysian market: Mystic Silver, Mystic Pink, and Mystic Black. Ours is the latter, and while it's not the most exciting colour, it definitely looks professional.
Anyway, opening up the box, you will get the tablet itself in an enclosed pouch. Underneath the laptop, you will find all the accessories that you'll need, including a box of paperwork, a SIM ejector, a charger, a USB-A to USB-C cable, and an S Pen. (An S Pen included, yay!)
Weighing 610 g and measuring 6.3 mm thick, this tablet definitely feels solid and sturdy when you hold it in your hands. The aluminum brush body adds a stylish vibe on top of its premium look.
When you hold it vertically, you will get a speaker grille and a microphone on the top. On the left, you'll have magnetic pins to connect it with a book cover keyboard whereas, on the right, you'll see a bunch of things, including a power button, a volume rocker, a second microphone, and a SIM tray. On the bottom, there's the USB-C charging port and a second speaker grille. This means you will get a balanced audio experience from the device, thanks to the two side-firing speakers. Unfortunately, you must join the wireless earbuds gang when using this tablet as you will miss the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The selfie camera is placed in the middle in landscape orientation, which probably comes in handy when you're on video calls or virtual meetings. On the matte finish back, we have a single rear camera as well as a third microphone right below it.
Overall, it does have a certain weight considering how big it is but it's still manageable on one hand.
The 12.4-inch screen features an LCD panel with QHD resolution, and it is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. I'm a little concerned about how it will perform as it only comes with a standard 60 Hz refresh rate. Also, this one doesn't have a fingerprint sensor for you to unlock the device so you can only settle for Face ID.
As for specs, it comes with a Snapdragon 50G chipset, paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. You'll be able to expand storage up to 1 TB via a MicroSD card. There's also another storage variant available with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It also packs a 10,090 mAh battery. It's still too early to judge if it will be a great performer for the pros but I'm looking forward to testing it out.
The included S Pen is a standard one so that means it's a passive stylus and you don't need to charge it. It also won't have Bluetooth connectivity for remote apps control and air gestures. You'll pretty much use it like a normal pen navigating on the tablet but it's still convenient if you're using the tablet for work as it's impossible to scribble or draw on the device with your fingers. If you're not using it, you can easily snap it at the back or on the power button side via the hidden magnets. And it won't fall off easily even if you shake it vigorously.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE retails for RM1,899 and RM2,199 for the 4+64 GB and 6+128 GB variants respectively. Stay tuned to the upcoming full review to find out if the new tablet is worth your bucks!