Samsung Unpacked- company’s second big event is completed now. It is the time to put an end to all the speculations. Check out our article on Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Fold 2 if you haven’t already. We are now ready to share every details on much anticipated Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Watch 3 and Samsung’s TWS: Samsung Buds Live.
Table Of Contents
- Galaxy Tab S7 & Galaxy Tab S7 +
- Galaxy Watch 3
- Galaxy Buds Live
Galaxy Tab S7 & Galaxy Tab S7+
There is a gap in the Android Tablet market which android smartphone makers tend to ignore. Tab S6 was an impressive Samsung’s try at a flagship tablet which was a lot better than its predecessors, and arguably the best android tablet of 2019. Lack of 120 Hz display and less power compared to Apple’s iPad Pro (2018) just didn’t make Galaxy Tab S6 the perfect alternative to Apple’s iPad Pro (2018). This year Samsung has addressed most of the shortcomings of Tab S6. Unlike last year, it’ll be available in two variants: Tab S7 & Tab S7+. Upgrades are massive this year, with latest Snapdragon 865+, 120 Hz AMOLED display, 5G support, it looks like Samsung has finally made an iPad Pro replacement. Let’s discuss Tab S7:
The design looks pretty neat; almost similar to last year. It features a steel chassis, brilliant AMOLED display, dual rear cameras, and most of the other bells and whistles we’re used to on top-grade hardware. The materials are excellent and the device is assembled tightly. Then there’s the SPen. Like last year, Tablet has a carving on the back where SPen is attached magnetically for charging. The S Pen itself is large and comfortable to use. It connects to the tablet via Bluetooth, so even when not hovering directly over the screen you can use it to advance PowerPoint presentations or take snapshots with the camera. 120 Hz will make taking notes and sketching on the tab using SPen even better.
With the new SPen, latency is just 9ms as claimed by samsung using their new AI point precision method and 120 Hz. The back of the tablet houses two cameras – 13MP main + 5MP ultrawide – plus a magnetic strip to hold the S Pen. For video calls and Selfies , there’s an 8 MP camera on the front.
|Galaxy Tab S7||Galaxy Tab S7+|
|Dimension||165.3 * 253.8 * 6.3mm||185.0 * 285.0 * 5.7mm|
|Micro SD card||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB|
Last year Samsung put an end to its bizarre habit of launching tablets with older SoCs when they launched the Samsung galaxy tab S6 with Snapdragon 855. This year we are getting Snapdragon 865+ which is the latest chipset by Qualcomm. Performance will lag behind Apple’s iPad Pro 2020 since A12Z outperforms even Qualcomm’s PC chips made for Surface Pro X as per GeekBench scores. Tablet will be launched with 6GB/8GB RAM along with 128GB/256GB/512GB storage. 8GB RAM should be enough for the multitasking and future-proofing of the device.
12.4-inch Tablet will feature a massive 10,900 Mah battery whereas 11 in one will have a 8000 Mah. Also, while the tablet supports 45W charging, you will need to purchase the right Power Delivery charger separately. The tablet also features a microSD card slot, dual rear cameras, AKG-tuned quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support, an in-display fingerprint sensor and 5G support. There will be thee connectivity options – Wi-Fi only, LTE and 5G. Auto Hotspot will automatically tether your other Galaxy devices to share the tablet’s connectivity.
12.4 in Tab S7+
- Super AMOLED
- WQXGA+ 2800 x 1752
- HDR10+ High Dynamic Range
- 266 Pixel Per Inch
- NTSC Color Range
- Eye Care Certification
11 in Tab S7
- LTPS LCD
- WQXGA 2560 x 1600
- 500 nit Brightness
- 276 Pixel Per Inch
- DCI-P3 Color Range
- Low Blue Light Certification
12.4 in model flaunts 2800 x 1752 Super AMOLED while 11 in model has 2560 X 1600 LCD. Both of the variants will have 120 Hz high refresh rate. Color accuracy and brilliant viewing angles shouldn’t be a concern since it’s made by samsung. There’s significant difference between the screens of Tab S7 & Tab S7+. It will also have an in-built optical fingerprint scanner like Galaxy Tab S6. It’s safe to say that Samsung Tab S7+ has the best screen in any tablet.
DeX is the desktop-like user interface Samsung created so the Tab S6 (and some smartphones) can be used more like a PC. It’s better than defaulting to a giant-sized phone UI, but it has a bit of a learning curve and limitations of its own.
For example, the desktop is set up similar to a Windows machine, with some app shortcuts on the screen and a bevy of control strips across the bottom. These allow you to view notifications, check basic settings (screen brightness, sound), and view/open apps. Samsung ensured that several apps have been customized for the DeX environment, such as Gmail and the browser and Microsoft Office apps.
Samsung galaxy tab S7 will run latest One UI along with an option to switch to DEX for more PC like productivity. Now Samsung allows to use three apps at the same time for better multitasking. They are increasing the number of apps that support SPen too. Galaxy Tab will come pre-installed with Canva (30 days pro free), Noteshelf (free), and Clip Studio Paint (6 months pro free); all three apps support SPen.
Samsung has focused on increasing the productivity through its ecosystem too; notes app works seamlessly throughout samsung devices, call and text feature now available on multiple devices, you can use your tablet as a second screen to your laptop too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+ are the best Samsung has offered yet. Tab S7+ is the best android tablet of the year, and a perfect competitor to iPad Pro. Samsung has really stepped up their game to deliver better multitasking, more SPen supported apps, SPen latency as low as 9ms (only on Tab S7+), and a massive battery.
We’ll recommend you to go for Tab S7+ (if you are going to write a lot) since it has a better display, and better SPen support (9 ms latency). Whichever device you purchase, going for 8GB device is highly recommendable for future-proofing.
Did you miss The Galaxy Watch2? Don’t worry because we didn’t.
Let’s start by explaining the potential idea behind the naming of Galaxy Watch3.
Galaxy Watch3 is the successor of the Galaxy Watch that was launched in 2018. It’s a pretty different device than the Galaxy Watch Active or Galaxy Watch Active 2. So shouldn’t it be named The Galaxy Watch 3.
As a lot of people consider the Galaxy Watch Active as a second iteration of Galaxy Watch but technically it isn’t. Or maybe Samsung wants to avoid the confusion with the names “Galaxy Watch Active 2” and “Galaxy Watch3”.
Either way, it isn’t surprising as Samsung has recently messed up with other naming conventions too. For instance, Galaxy S10 followed by Galaxy S20 and similarly, Note 20 series follow Note 10 series.
Galaxy Watch3 looks very similar to its predecessor, Galaxy Watch.
It has the same grooved rotating bezel with markings on it, and two buttons on the right side.
This year Samsung introduces its flagship wearable in two colours: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze (only available in 41mm version) and Mystic Silver. The Watch will be available in two different sizes, 41mm and 45mm. Also, Galaxy Watch3 sizes are significantly slimmer than the smaller Galaxy Watch, and only a little thicker than the Active 2 watches.
The Galaxy Watch, with its most-ever, loved rotating bezel is a bit chunky on the wrist. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 watches are stylish, but use a touch-sensitive strip around the screen rather than a true rotating bezel. It works fine, but does not feel as good.
So, The Galaxy Watch3 adapts the best bits from both the previous watches and blends them together, the usability from Galaxy Watch and style from Galaxy Watch Active 2 and comes out to be a better overall product.
The Galaxy Watch3 will come out in two display sizes: 1.2 and 1.4-inches. The displays will be round, fairly bright OLED Displays.
The back of the smartwatch displays specs like 5ATM IP68 water resistance, Gorilla Glass DX protection, MIL-STD-810G certification, and built-in GPS.
The watch will come with 247 mAh and 340 mAh batteries depending on the sizes. As the battery sizes are similar to battery size on Galaxy Watch Active 2, we can expect a two-day battery life.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Watch3 has pretty much the same specs as the Active 2. It features built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor(PPG sensor), a blood pressure monitor, an ECG, and 1GB of RAM.
The software experience will also be similar to that of Active 2 as it also runs on Tizen OS 5.5.
Both the variants will come out with Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, and LTE connectivity.
All the features like Pay support, a big AMOLED display on both models, plenty of activity tracking featuresand a built-in speaker for hearing audio prompts from the original Galaxy Watch will make their way to the 2020 iteration of the Watch.
To start, there will be a bunch of new watch faces. Some of these watch faces also display activity, heart-rate, and other information on the edges. These outside lines are called “Informative Digital Edge” and are customizable in terms of colour and the information that they present.
There is a revamped weather app on Galaxy Watch3. The app now displays backgrounds that match the weather that it’s displaying. For instance, if it’s cloudy or raining, the app’s background will change accordingly, to reflect the weather conditions outside.
There is an addition of a much-demanded health feature by women users. Finally, menstruation cycle-tracking is added as a stock feature by Samsung.
Other additions to the Galaxy Watch3 include rich notification icons, built-in oxygen measurement (by estimating Sp02 level), new app icons, a new music widget, and the Outlook email app instead of Samsung Email. There’s 8GB internal storage on the watch, 5.3GB of which is available to users. Spotify comes preinstalled on the Galaxy Watch3 in the US.
Impressive additions like clenching and unclenching your fist while wearing the watch will allow you to accept a phone call. Alternatively, you can shake your wrist to dismiss a phone call.
Samsung has also changed the way you take screenshots on the Galaxy Watch3. Now, you can simply press the two side buttons to take a screenshot, just like you would on a smartphone.
Like the Apple Watch, Samsung has also added fall detection to its new smartwatch. Once the new Samsung watch detects a fall, it’ll ring for 60 seconds. If you don’t respond, the watch will automatically notify your emergency contacts with your location and a five-second audio recording.
In 2020, Samsung is ready to take on The Apple Watch with its flagship Watch. All the additions to the Galaxy Watch3 makes it a worthy opponent to the Apple Watch.
There’s hardly any feature lacking in the Galaxy Watch3 now. So, it’s safe to say that Android Smartphones users have now got a proper Apple Watch counterpart, the one they have been waiting years for.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Atlast Samsung launches its own TWS earphones. Galaxy Buds live should outperform recently launched Galaxy Buds + in most of the criterias if not all. With Samsung’s correction of call quality, better battery life, Galaxy Buds + are absolute beast at the price. Buds+ absolutely dominate the TWS earphones at its price segment with its impressive design, sound quality and battery life with only downside of no cancellation (which is understandable considering the price). With Galaxy Buds live, we now have some competition to Airpods Pro from Samsung at an affordable price.
To be honest, I prefer the design of the original buds over galaxy beans; they just look eccentric to me with their uncanny resemblance with a hearing aid. Still they are as compact as galaxy buds with their in-ear design. This design also helps in noise isolation but is not the same as galaxy buds which is quite effective (I couldn’t listen to outside voices while playing songs on my galaxy buds). The earphones are IPX2 rated for water resistance, and work with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.
The Galaxy Buds Live can get up to six hours of continuous battery life with ANC enabled (21 with the case) or eight hours (29 with case) if you’ve got both ANC and Bixby Voice switched off. This should be enough to last throughout the day even if you use your TWS extensively. The case of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has a USB Type-C port for charging, while the earphones have 60mAh batteries each and the case has a 472 mAh battery. Buds Live also support fast charging – 5 min of charging should give a playtime of an hour.
12mm speakers with sound by AKG compliment BEAN’s ergonomic design to deliver spacious sound. The large driver and bass duct help emit deep bass with air flow that lets sound flow seamlessly. There are three microphones (two on the outer part of the earphones and one on the inside). Like earlier Samsung Galaxy Buds true wireless earphones, the Buds Live uses Bluetooth v5.0 for connectivity, and supports the SBC, AAC, and Scalable Bluetooth codecs.
The design features an outer-ear fit that is said to allow ambient listening while also offering noise cancellation (It has no ambient mode). Apart from active noise cancellation, the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live also features Qi wireless charging for the case, touch controls, and app-based customisation through the Samsung wearable app.
At $169.99 , Samsung galaxy Buds Live undercuts every active noise cancellation enabled earphones but there’s a catch to it; with its unconventional design and their lack of in-ear tips or an actual seal, Samsung’s noise canceling works a bit differently here compared to what you’d experience from the AirPods Pro or Sony 1000XM3 earbuds. It surely isn’t as effective as Sony 1000XM3/AirPods Pro since it doesn’t have any ambient mode (Original Buds had a dedicated Ambient mode).
Since it has bigger drivers and additional active noise cancellation, it should sound better than Buds +. Buds + were already a treat at the price, and now we have Galaxy Buds live which are almost similarly priced. You should go for Buds live only if you don’t want very effective noise cancellation.
We surely recommend them for their affordable price, design, lightweight and good sound quality.