For the past couple months, following Samsung’s introduction of its new TabPRO and NotePRO tablets at CES 2014, we’ve been hearing about another family of models that would soon join them, presumably as Tab 4 non-pro devices. There have been plenty of leaks to help us along the way, including an early rundown on specs for a 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1-inch Tab 4, and later leaks of a few press renders for this gang. We even briefly saw the tablets mentioned by Samsung itself, on a page for the Gear Fit – and that sighting revealed Samsung to be taking a cue from those TabPROs and removing a space from the tablets’ branding, going with Tab4 instead of Tab 4. But when would Samsung pull the ripcord and actually go public with these three? Well, don’t let that “April 1” on your calendar get you thinking that all news is fake today, because Samsung has gone ahead and launched its Galaxy Tab4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1.
Good news first: some specs aren’t quite as bad as we heard. For instance, while rumors suggested that some of the tablets would arrive with just 1GB of RAM, all three new Tab4 models will actually get 1.5GB. That said, some of it’s a little worse, like how camera resolutions top out at 3MP for all three of these guys, versus the 8MP shooter we heard the 10.1 might get.
Screen resolution, sadly, is just what had been rumored: 1280 x 800 across the board. Serviceable for 7.0 inches, perhaps, but at 10.1 that’s going to be a whole different story. Processing power is similarly on the low end of things, with 1.2GHz quad-core chips powering each of these models. All three will be available in both WiFi and cellular-connected editions, as well as black or white finishes. Look for sales to get started sometime this quarter in markets around the world; no word yet on pricing.