Samsung reveals larger 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Tab A7 Lite

Samsung’s tablet range gets the FE treatment.

Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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Published on May 28, 2021
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Overnight, Samsung revealed two new tablets: the Tab S7 FE and Tab A7 Lite. No doubt inspired by the popularity of Samsung’s more affordable flagship smartphone alternative, the Galaxy S20 FE, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE makes a few tweaks to its premium predecessor’s formula while the A7 Lite is a natural next step for Samsung’s budget A series tablets.

Although both devices are marketed as affordable alternatives, Samsung hasn’t offered any information on Australian pricing and availability at this stage. The current flagship Galaxy Tab S7 starts at $1,049. The S20 FE came in $50 cheaper than the S20 when it first released so if Samsung continues this trend, the Tab S7 FE should at least come in below $1000 at its cheapest. The budget 10.4-inch Galaxy Tab A7 currently sells for $377 at its cheapest price, so the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite could come in somewhere between $299 and $320, but that's just a broad estimate.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE vs Galaxy Tab S7

The key difference between the Tab S7 and Tab S7 FE is display size. The Tab S7 FE has a larger 12.4-inch display (matching the Tab S7 Plus) compared to the Tab S7’s 11-inch display. But it retains the same resolution as the S7 (1600 x 2560) resulting in a lower pixel density than the S7 and S7 Plus. The S7 FE also has a slightly downgraded chipset (Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G) and WiFi compatibility (WiFi 5 compared to the Tab S7’s WiFi 6).

There are also two new colours available with the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Mystic Pink and Mystic Green.

Take a look at the full spec comparison of the Galaxy Tab S7, Tab S7+ and Tab S7 FE below:

Galaxy Tab S7 FE vs Galaxy Tab S7 vs Galaxy Tab S7+
Specs
Galaxy Tab S7 FE
Galaxy Tab S7
Galaxy Tab S7+

Price

TBA

From $1,049

From $1,449

Display size

12.4-inch

11-inch

12.4-inch

Resolution

1600 x 2560

1600 x 2560

1752 x 2800

Pixel density

~243 ppi

~274 ppi

~266 ppi

Weight

498g

608g

575g

Chipset

Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm)

Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G+ (7 nm+)

Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G+ (7 nm+)

CPU

Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 570)

Octa-core (1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)

Octa-core (1x3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)

GPU

Adreno 619

Adreno 650

Adreno 650

Internal memory options

64GB 4GB RAM128GB 6GB RAM

128GB 6GB RAM256GB 8GB RAM512GB 8GB RAM

128GB 6GB RAM256GB 8GB RAM512GB 8GB RAM

Rear camera

8 MP, Auto-focus

Wide: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm, Auto-focus

Wide: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm, Auto-focus

Front camera

5 MP

Wide: 8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm

Wide: 8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm

WiFi

WiFi 5

WiFi 6

WiFi 6

Fingerprint sensor

N/A

Side-mounted

Side-mounted

Battery size

10,090 mAh Li-Po

8,000 mAh Li-Po

10,090 mAh Li-Po

Colour options

Mystic BlackMystic SilverMystic GreenMystic Pink

Mystic BlackMystic BronzeMystic SilverPhantom Navy

Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, Phantom Navy

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ plans

Samsung hasn’t confirmed whether or not the Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available on a plan but to get an idea of how much you can expect to pay per month with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, take a look at the most popular Galaxy S7 Tab plans below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite vs Galaxy Tab A7

The other new tablet Samsung announced was the A7 Lite and true to its name, it’s a little lighter than its A7 counterpart at 366g (371g for the 4G model) and hopefully a little lighter on the wallet too. Mass isn’t the only thing the Tab A7 Lite has trimmed back on. It’s got a compact 8.7-inch display (compared to the A7’s 10.4-inch display), lower resolution on its 2MP selfie camera and a smaller 5,100 mAh battery (though given the reduced screen size, there shouldn’t be much of a difference in battery life).

Here’s the complete comparison of the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and the original Galaxy Tab A7.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite vs Galaxy Tab A7
Specs
Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Galaxy Tab A7

Price

From $377

TBA

Display size

8.7-inch

10.4-inch

Resolution

1340 x 800

2000 x 1200

Pixel density

~179 ppi

~224 ppi

Weight

WiFi model: 366g4G model: 371g

WiFi model: 476g4G model: 477g

Chipset

TBA

Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (4 x 2.3 GHz / 4 x 1.8 GHz)

Octa-core (4 x 2.0 GHz/ 4 x1 .8 GHz)

GPU

TBA

Adreno 610

Internal memory options

32GB 3GB RAM64GB 4GB RAM

32GB 3GB RAM64GB 3GB RAM

Expandanble memory

microSDXC

microSDXC

Rear camera

8MP, Auto-focus

8MP, Auto-focus

Front camera

2MP

5MP

WiFi

WiFi 5

WiFi 5

Battery size

5,100 mAh Li-Po

7,040 mAh Li-Po

Colour options

GraySilver

Dark GraySilverGold

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 plans

Like the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Samsung has not confirmed whether the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite will be available through the typical telco channels but the Galaxy Tab A7 is currently available through the big three providers. In fact, at the time of writing, it’s the most popular Samsung tablet on a plan according to WhistleOut’s plan database.

Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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