Why You Should be Upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 from the Tab S3 9.7

When you hear the word tablet, you are most likely to think about Apple's iPad. One thing that is changing in the tablet market is that companies such as Samsung and Huawei are taking over. To be precise, Samsung is releasing high-end tablet models with its latest release being the Galaxy Tab S4 10.5. Read on to find out how this device stacks up to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 9.7.


A Comparison of the Specifications



Galaxy Tab S4 10.5

Galaxy Tab S3 9.7

Screen Size

10.5-inch Super AMOLED display

9.7-inch Super AMOLED display


9.81 x 6.46 x 0.27 inches

34 x 6.65 x 0.24 inches


Android 8.1 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo

Screen Resolution

2,560 x 1,600 pixels

2,048 x 1,536 pixels

Overall Weight






External Micro SD Support

Yes, up to 512GB

Yes, up to 512GB





Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 4.2


8MP front, 13MP rear

5MP front, 13MP rear


Up to 4K at 30fps

Up to 4K at 30fps

Water Resistance



Battery Capacity

Fast charging, 7,300mAh

Fast charging, 6,000mAh

App Marketplace

Google Play Store

Google Play Store


Black, Grey

Black, White

Fingerprint Sensor


Yes, mounted on the front


USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack


$650 and above


Network Support

Verizon (Cellular version only)

All major carriers (cellular version only)



Performance, Charging and Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 beats the Galaxy Tab 3 9.7 in terms of performance and battery capacity. It features the latest Snapdragon 835 processor found in devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30. It also comes with a 7,300mAh battery that can last up to 16 hours. The Tab S3 9.7, on the other hand, uses the Snapdragon 820 processor and runs on a 6,000mAh battery that can last for 10 hours. Both devices have fast charging capabilities.


Design and Durability

You need to upgrade to the Samsung Tab S4 because it has a refreshing and cleaner look than its predecessor. You will notice that the 10-inch tablet does not have a home button, a Samsung logo or fingerprint sensor. It only has a volume rocker and power button on the top. Samsung used Gorilla Glass 3 to make its back and front sides unlike the Tab S3 for durability.



The large screen size of the Tab S4 will definitely convince you to upgrade your Tab S3. The gadget boasts of a large screen with a 2,560 x 1600 resolution and unlike the 9.7-inch Tab S3, whose screen resolution is 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. Both devices have Super AMOLED display.



Though both tablets have cameras that can record 4K videos, their front cameras are different in resolution. The Tab S4 rocks an 8MP front camera while the Tab S3 rocks a 5MP front camera. Their rear cameras both have a resolution of 13MP. You will need to upgrade to the Tab S4 because of its powerful front-facing camera.


Software and Updates

The Tab S4 rocks the DeX interface, which initiates immediately when you connect it to the keyboard cover. The DeX interface allows you to use your tablet like a laptop. It also lets you connect a mouse via Bluetooth and use Windows apps. You will not get this software on the Tab S3. Furthermore, the Tab 4 is likely to be the first tablet in the Galaxy Tab series to get an Android P upgrade.


Price and Special Features

The 256GB model of the Tab S4 will cost $750 while the 64GB model will cost $650. Samsung will avail both models by August 10. The Tab S3 is also selling for as low as $550 across retail stores such as Amazon and Best Buy. The Tab S4 features bigger improvements in sound quality and stylus. Audio files played on the device get a boost from the Dolby Atmos Sound support. The speakers on the Tab S3 rely on the sound support provided by AKG, an audio company owned by Samsung.


Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5

Samsung succeeded at adding more features on the Galaxy Tab S4. You will get to enjoy its improved front camera, battery life, and processing speed. The device also boasts of better audio quality, Bluetooth connectivity, and display and screen resolution than its predecessor.