14 in tablet: Samsung’s giant 14.6-inch Android tablet has a Macbook-style display notch

Samsung’s giant 14.6-inch Android tablet has a Macbook-style display notch

Ok but how do you hold it? —

Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, with S-Pen and outrageously slim bezels.

Samsung

Android tablets might be showing new signs of life thanks to Google’s push with Android 12L, but Samsung never left the Android tablet market. Alongside Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S22, the company is also revving its tablet line, and it’s supersizing Galaxy tablets with the Galaxy S8 Tab Ultra.

The Galaxy S8 Tab Ultra is a monster. Its 14.6-inch (370.8 mm), 120 Hz 2960×1848 OLED display has a 16:10 aspect ratio. The 326.4×208.6×5.5 mm (12.8×8.2×0.2 inch) aluminum body houses an 11,200 mAh battery, and it weighs a whopping 1. 6 pounds (0.73 kg). It’s bigger than the top half of many laptops.

Enlarge / The keyboard case makes this tablet fully laptop-sized.

Samsung’s choice to build an ultrabig tablet came with the decision to slim down the bezels, which I don’t think anyone has ever asked for on a tablet. You can grip a smartphone around the side of it, so the bezel doesn’t contribute much. But you need something to hold onto with a tablet. Samsung went all out on the bezel war and added a MacBook Pro-like notch to the S8 Tab Ultra’s front display, which houses two 12 MP front-facing cameras (one is a wide-angle lens).

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The Ultra model is $1,099.99, the same price as a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. For specs, you get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a MicroSD slot. Two additional configs are available: a 12GB RAM/256GB storage option for $1,199.99, and a 16GB RAM/512GB storage option for $1,399.99. 5G models are also available. There’s an in-screen fingerprint reader, USB-C port, Wi-Fi 6E, and two rear cameras: a 13 MP main camera and a 6 MP wide-angle.  Samsung could not find room for a headphone jack on the 14.6-inch behemoth.

Enlarge / The keyboard case has a holder for the S-Pen. The top of the cover folds down, allowing you to get at the S-Pen.

Samsung

The device comes with a stylus that Samsung just calls an “S-Pen,” though it is nothing like the small, plastic “S-Pen” that lives in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This is Apple Pencil-sized and presumably takes a battery. The stylus magnetically attaches to the back of the tablet, in line with the camera bump. This big S-Pen also works on the S22 Ultra, if you happen to buy both devices and don’t want to undock your S22 pen.

Samsung also has a keyboard case, turning your massive tablet into a medium-sized laptop. The keyboard connects to the tablet via a set of pogo pins and includes a trackpad and backlit keys. The keyboard is normally $349, but you can get one free with a preorder.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is up for preorder now on Samsung.com, and it ships February 25.

Enlarge / Take one last look at that weird notch.

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Ron is the Reviews Editor at Ars Technica, where he specializes in Android OS and Google products. He is always on the hunt for a new gadget and loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He loves to tinker and always seems to be working on a new project.

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Lenovo Tab Extreme comes to CES 2023 to take on the iPad Pro

Android tablets are getting good again, as Lenovo announced at CES 2023 the Tab Extreme, a powerful Android tablet that’s made to handle everything in your life. A 14.5-inch behemoth that wants to replace your laptop, the Lenovo Tab Extreme looks to be one of Lenovo’s best Android tablets in years — though it’ll cost you.

The Tab Extreme is built to be productive, powerful, and playful. With the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset, it should handle every app from Google Docs to YouTube — and multiple apps at once on that huge screen — with ease, while a 3K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate should make viewing media on it a really pleasant experience. There’s also support for Dolby Atmos, which grants more immersive viewing when you want to get deep into watching a movie.

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As for accessories, Lenovo is bundling in a keyboard with a separate integrated kickstand, as well as a pen. The backlit keyboard will help you when typing out documents and emails — and it looks just like the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro with a floating hinge style that elevates the tablet up off of the keyboard itself for better ergonomics.

The keyboard itself is surprisingly good. Because the tablet is so huge (and a wide aspect ratio), you’re getting a full-sized layout; and the keys have good travel and response. The trackpad is a shortcoming, though — it’s big enough, but is overly sensitive and we saw no way to adjust the sensitivity in the settings (yay, Android on tablets!). The keyboard hinge is sturdy and the magnets holding the tablet are strong, but we felt like the range of adjustability on the hinge wasn’t quite wide enough; the display maxes out its movement a bit too vertical compared to where we’d normally put a laptop display.

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The Lenovo Tab Extreme ships with Android 13, Google’s latest operating system. Lenovo’s P12 Pro was one of the few tablets Android 13 was tested, and the update was built especially to work well on large screens. And that’s good, because this is a large screen. Coming in over 14 inches, the Tab Extreme feels colossal compared to most traditional 13-inch laptops, which immediately knocks down any expectations of this being a portable device.

The Tab Extreme is cumbersome to hold given its size and weight, and feels much more at home on a desk or table, or at best propped up on your lap. The two-piece magnetically-attached keyboard and kickstand can easily be popped on and off, but you’ll be using one or the other a vast majority of the time. We’re a fan of having options, though — you don’t always want to have the full keyboard situation attached just to prop it up, and being able to drop that weight but retain a smaller kickstand is a welcomed addition. Double bonus that it so seamlessly integrates together.

Lenovo Tab Extreme next to an iPhone 14 Pro Andrew Martonik/Digital Trends

The Tab Extreme’s 14.5-inch display may be on the larger side, but it’s still ideally positioned to take advantage of Android 13’s big screen improvements. That taskbar, for example, will fit right at home on the display. The new tablet-optimized home screen will fix one of the flaws with the P12 Pro.

Apps can be windowed and run side-by-side with slick multi-windowing interface, but even in the first few minutes of use we found core Google apps that couldn’t be popped into a window — to say nothing of third-party apps that we know tend to lag behind on updating for tablets.

Finally, the Lenovo Precision Pen 3 will help when taking notes with OneNote or Google Keep and drawing with the Play Store’s selection of apps (similar to how it works on the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2). It magnetically attaches to the back of the tablet, so it’s out of the way but easily within reach, but it’s left a bit exposed back there and more likely to fall off if you’re tossing this big tablet in a bag.

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Lenovo’s Tab Extreme will go on sale for $1,200 later in the year. Yup, it’s an expensive tablet, but there are few in the Android world that can compete on this scale (literally) if you’re looking for something on the level of a laptop replacement device.

Google is working on a Pixel Tablet that feels like it could perhaps scratch this itch, though the price isn’t yet known. On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is another option that’s on sale right now for a similar price. “You get what you pay for” goes both ways.

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Android 14 will make tablets much more convenient, but not for everyone

It just so happens that tablets are produced for a rather narrow group of people. This is especially true for Android tablets, which are pretty weird devices in their own right. This type of technique is often advertised as something that can increase the productivity of its owner. Like, they are comfortable, you can work on them, and in general everything will be fine – just buy. But this is not entirely true when it comes to real-world applications under normal conditions. That’s when you realize that something needs to change. Perhaps a fresh innovation in Android 14 will solve the problem.

A tablet with a keyboard has its advantages, but there are not many of them yet.

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  • 1 Android tablet with keyboard
  • 2 New keyboard in Android 14
  • 3 What’s new in Android 14 on tablets
  • 4 Can a tablet replace a computer

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You can be quite productive on Android tablets if you connect a keyboard, but there are still problems with support for this accessory. One of those limitations is that Android only offers a handful of native keyboard shortcuts to speed things up, but that will change with the full release of Android 14.

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Android 14’s new keyboard

Android journalist and code researcher Mishaal Rahman reported that Android 14 will offer a significantly expanded list of keyboard shortcuts when connecting a keyboard to a larger screen device. First of all, these include tablets. Perhaps, over time, foldable devices or something like that will be added to the list. After all, now the line between tablet and smartphone is more blurred than ever.

The tablet will not replace the computer for many more years, but it can and should become a little more convenient.

The source reports that the list of places where advanced features of the keyboard will be available is growing and over time it will become even larger, because the official operating system will not be released until the end of summer or early autumn. And after its release, no one canceled the release of updates.

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What’s new in Android 14 on 9 tablets0019

Some of the most notable Android 14 additions seen by Rahman include the ability to switch input languages ​​ (Ctrl+Space), switch between recent apps (Alt+Tab), taskbar toggle (Search+T) and many split screens. There are also changes in the work with multitasking options. For example, it became possible by pressing the key combination “Search” + “Ctrl” + “Right/Left Arrow” to enable multitasking mode in split screen.

By comparison, Android 13 currently offers 13 physical keyboard shortcuts. These include system shortcuts to go to the home screen, back, to open the recent events menu, view notifications, check keyboard shortcuts, and switch keyboard layouts. This is in addition to the app-related shortcuts. They allow you to quickly open these very applications, which include Google Assistant, regular messenger and many others.

It turns out that Apple tablets are much more convenient in terms of work.

Can a tablet replace a computer

Of course, all this will not make the tablet the best tool for working outside the home or office. It’s still a device designed primarily for content consumption, not for work. For example, they lack full-fledged text editors, spreadsheet applications like Excel, and more. Say that has the Google Docs package and a lot of third-party products? But there are even branded applications, but it’s difficult to work with them at some more serious level than just typing or adding two cells.

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The same applies to graphics, video and other professional software applications. Some of this can be replaced, but this will still not be enough to unambiguously refuse a computer or laptop as a working machine.

Even the mere appearance of full-fledged Chrome would already give a significant increase in the usability of the tablet, but for now we have what we have. It’s good at least that manufacturers are working in this direction and do not forget about improvements. They just do it very slowly.

A140 LTE rugged 14″ tablet (Getac)

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This item has been discontinued and is kept in the catalog for reference purposes. You can send a request for the selection of an analogue.

A140 LTE Tablet , Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz CPU, 14″ LumiBond LCD (1000 nits) with multi-touch, no webcam, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, WiFi, BT, GPS, 4G LTE, passthrough RF Connectors, Smart Card Reader, Win10 Pro x64 , IP65, -21…+60°C, 3 year warranty

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Description

The A140 is the largest and most powerful fully rugged tablet in Getac’s entire line of tablets to date. It features superior performance, industry-leading security, and a large 14-inch display that helps you work more productively and use the scroll bar less often. A range of convenient carrying and mounting options make the tablet ideal for getting the most out of mobile users.

Quality screen

Revolutionary LumiBond 2.0 touchscreen technology responds quickly to every touch: the display glass is combined with the touch panel and LCD matrix into a solid and easy-to-read single panel. This solution features higher contrast and brighter colors than any other ruggedized display. The A140’s advanced touchscreen lets you operate in the rain, with gloves, and with the included hard-tip stylus. You can always put a handwritten signature and make clear notes on drawings, maps and forms. The A140 has a superb 14-inch screen that doesn’t fade in the sun. On screens from Full HD with IPS (800 nits) and HD (1000 nits) you will see clear images even in the most difficult conditions.

Maximum performance

The A140 delivers maximum performance and productivity for mobile users. Based on the 6th generation (Skylake) Intel i5 and i7 processors , the A140 tablet features high computing and graphics performance combined with economical power consumption. Therefore, it is ideal for multitasking with large amounts of data. Two hot-swappable batteries provide the A140 with virtually infinite runtime. You can replace the batteries with charged ones without even turning off the device.

Mobility

The fully rugged A140 tablet offers a range of comfortable carrying and mounting options to suit your work style. The optional Multifunctional Hard Grip can be used as a stand while you work and to securely carry your tablet on the go. A compact 9The 0033 Vehicle Docking Station, which takes up minimal space in the cabin, has three loop-through connectors for connection to the powerful GPS, WWAN and WLAN antennas mounted on the roof.

Multiple configurations to suit your needs

A140 is a dedicated tool that can be configured to suit your specific workflow. We understand that the requirements of each profession are unique. That is why we have created a fully configurable device: you can choose modules such as barcode scanner , dedicated GPS , LAN port , serial ports, etc.

Camera and security

Front and rear cameras – Full HD and 8 MP respectively – turn photo and video recording, videoconferencing and field training in a convenient and easy process. A set of security features, including multi-factor authentication, will provide reliable protection against threats and intruders.

Fingerprint scanner

Convenient and accurate login method by simply swiping your finger over the fingerprint sensor.

NFC/RFID/DDS reader

Convenient authentication by reading your contactless card credentials with a conventional or short range radio. Absolute DDS This optional security feature disables the A140 tablet if it detects an unauthorized or compromised login.

Smart Card Reader

A140 includes smart card reader for secure identification.

Windows 10 Multi-Factor Authentication

A140 hardware provides full support for the latest Microsoft authentication tools, including Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport.

Ultra-Speed ​​Connectivity

With high-speed wireless technology, the A140 keeps you connected anytime, anywhere.

Extended version of the 4G LTE standard

These are unsurpassed download and upload speeds, maximum coverage and fewer interruptions.

802.11ac Dual Band WiFi

Enjoy faster, more reliable data transfers with the latest wireless technology.

Bluetooth 4.2

Easily communicate with the latest Bluetooth® devices.

Survivability and Warranty

Getac is the only manufacturer of rugged tablet components, including cases, in-house. The A140 is built to withstand drops, shock, vibration, dust and liquids, and more. The A140 has been independently tested to 9 standards0033 MIL-STD 810G , IP65 and MIL-STD-461G and received the corresponding certifications.

Extreme temperatures. Our devices must work effectively in any conditions – both in frost and in scorching heat. The fully rugged A140 tablet can be operated at temperatures from -21 to 60°C.

Equipment, especially those operating in harsh environments, can fail in an accident at the most inopportune moment, resulting in costly downtime.

That’s why Getac has included unintentional damage as standard condition of its new Comprehensive Warranty to help you keep your corporate IT costs to a minimum.

With a comprehensive warranty, you won’t have any problems!

You can be sure that the device will be back to work in a few days.

Standard terms: 3 years of comprehensive technical support.

Tablet specifications AE22YCDHXHXX

Brand (manufacturer)

Getac

Type

  • tablet

Installed CPU

Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3 GHz

Installed RAM

4 GB

RAM type

Maximum RAM

32 GB

Video controller

Intel UHD Graphics 520

Video interfaces

Audio outputs

  • Line-out, Mic-in

Screen size

14″

Screen resolution

1366×768

Touch screen

capacitive multitouch

Features

  • LumiBond® Sunlight Reading Technology

Webcam (front)

no

Drive installed

128 GB SSD

Gigabit TX ports

2

TX connectors

RJ-45

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11ac

Bluetooth

4.2

3G/4G network

4G LTE

Navigation

yes

Serial ports

USB ports

  • USB 2. 0 (1 port)
    ;
  • USB 3.0 (2 ports)

Keyboard

function buttons

Number of keys

8

Installed OS

Windows 10 Pro x64

Built-in battery

Li-Ion, 10.8V, 3220 mAh (35 Wh) – 2 pcs

Complete power supply

AC/DC 100…240 VAC, 65 W (EU)

Dimensions

369 x 248 x 32.5 mm

Weight

2.3 kg

Operating temperature

9000 2
-21…+60°C

Storage temperature

-51…+71°C

Dust/waterproof

Enclosure system IP according to IEC 60529 indicates the level of protection of enclosed electrical equipment from solid objects and liquids entering it during operation.

– protection against solid objects;
– protection against the penetration of liquids.

Protection against ingress of solid objects
0 No protection
1 Protection against ingress of solid objects larger than 50 mm, e. g. human hands
2 Protection against ingress of solid objects larger than 12 mm, such as human fingers
3 Protected against ingress of solid objects larger than 2.5 mm, e.g. tools, thick wires
4 Protection against ingress of solid objects larger than 1 mm, e.g. wire fixing screws
5 Limited dust ingress protection (no harmful deposits)
6 Complete protection against ingress of dust
Liquid protection
0 No protection
1 Protection against vertically falling drops of water
2 Protection against falling water drops at an angle of 15° from the vertical
3 Protected against direct moisture spray up to 60° from vertical
4 Splash guards from any direction
5 Protected against low pressure water jets from any direction
6 Protection against high pressure water jets from any direction
7 Immersion protection up to 1 m
8 Protection against continuous immersion under pressure

IP69K

IP69K is the degree of protection according to the German standard DIN 40050-9 supplementing the IEC 60529 degree of protection.