Announced globally in May, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 FE or "Fan Edition" is finally going on sale Friday, 17 September 2021, in a Wi-Fi only variant, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, and the 5G model with Wi-Fi, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G. Pricing stars at AUD $799 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, rising to $899 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and costing $979 for the 64GB 5G model, and $1079 for the 5G model with 128GB.
Apple's vastly more powerful 12.9-inch M1-powered iPad Pro with top notch display, coupled with 128GB and Wi-Fi, starts at $1649, but Samsung is aiming to be more affordable for those who want a big screen and don't need the absolute screaming fast performance the iPad Pros offer.
As you'd expect, Samsung says the S7 FE "has a large 12.4-inch display, perfect for taking entertainment, and productivity to the next level. Even with a large display, Galaxy Tab S7 FE boasts a thin and light form factor, and has a powerful battery so users can easily stream, work, and create on-the-go."
The company is also quick to remind potential buyers that an S-Pen is included in the box, for writing, drawing and controlling things, with Samsung stating it "lets users make the most of the large display to power-through tasks efficiently and unleash their creativity."
Garry McGregor, the VP of Samsung Australia's Mobile Division said: “Samsung is committed to delivering best-in-class mobile experiences across our entire portfolio of mobile devices. Our Galaxy Tab S7 FE will offer Australians an exceptional Android experience, at a very compelling price.
“With students and creative professionals increasingly looking for ways to work on-the-go – whether it’s editing documents or design work – the Galaxy Tab S7 FE provides the tools and features they need to ensure a new idea or creative spark is captured.
“The Galaxy Tab S7 FE has incredible features including a vibrant 12.4-inch display, dual speakers powered by Dolby Atmos and super-fast charging. Building upon our leadership in 5G, we’re now offering 5G connectivity in a mid-tier tablet for the first time which is incredibly exciting as more and more Australians embrace the latest network capabilities.”
The Tab S7 FE can fast charge at 45 watts, but you'll need to buy the 45w charger separately if you do indeed want to charge that fast,
Samsung gives the example of using Samsung Notes so that on-screen handwritten notes can be easily convert to text. We're told notes can be organised with automatic tags and use Intelligent Search to find the exact notes almost instantly — no matter if it's typed or handwritten.
Although not every app in the Google Play Store is multitasking compatible, a whole stack are, with Samsung stating the Tab S7 FE "also handles multi-tasking with ease. With Multi-Active Window, users can open up to three apps at once. For example, browsing the web, taking notes and streaming a video — can all be done simultaneously on one screen. With App Pair, users can also save and quickly launch their favourite combination of apps together in Multi-Active Window."
You can use Samsung DeX mode that makes the Android interface turn into a desktop-style interface, and a separately purchasable "Book Cover Keyboard" completes the transformation into a notebook-like device with PC-like experience.
You can also use the Second Screen feature to turn the tablet into an additional display when used alongside a PC so you get an "expanded view for greater productivity", which iPads can do for Macs with the "Sidecar" feature.
The free version of Canva is included with a free 30 day trial for Canva Pro, and there are some "exclusive templates and designs" for Samsung customers "for a limited time", while there's also the Clip Studio Paint app also included.
So, for Android smartphone and Windows PC owners that want a large tablet from Samsung to expand their app horizons and Windows desktop space, as well as a large screen for streaming media, games and more, then the Tab S7 FE is worthy of consideration at its affordable price point compared to Samsung's own more premium S7 tablets, and of course, Apple's ultra premium but a lot more expensive iPad Pros.