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Samsung is probably the only Android manufacturer who hasn’t given up on playing the top-tier tablet game. We get a new Galaxy Tab S with awesome features every year, and there are also some interesting models to pick from in the budget range. Also, Samsung has really elevated its game when it comes to laptops and has fully embraced experimentation with laptop-tablet hybrids, which do look stunning.
So, what are the best Samsung tablets to buy in 2021? Here we go:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung pulled no stops with the Tab S7+. It has a huge, 12.4-inch Super AMOLED screen on the front with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Samsung has been on top of its OLED game for the past few years and it goes without saying that the Tab S7+ screen looks fantastic — vibrant colors, deep blacks, incredible sharpness.The processor inside is a Snapdragon 865+ — it may be a generation old by now, but it still has chops. Rest assured that nothing on the Play Store can slow it down.
The Galaxy Tab S7+ comes with an S Pen — the proprietary stylus that Samsung has spent years perfecting —, and is compatible with a keyboard folio, which is sold separately. You can use the tablet in DeX mode autonomously, which switches to a desktop PC-type interface, capable of running multiple windows and providing a better workflow than the regular Android interface. When it’s time to kick back and relax, the quad speakers will make Netflix viewing enjoyable.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
The regular Galaxy Tab S7 saves you some $200 and cuts back on just a couple of features. Its screen is still pretty respectable, with an 11-inch diagonal, but it is now an LCD panel. It still has a 120 Hz refresh rate, but you lose the deep blacks and insane contrasts of the AMOLED screen.
Still the Galaxy Tab S7 comes with an S Pen out of the box and also has a keyboard folio (sold separately) to make it a tablet-laptop hybrid. DeX mode and all the top-tier Samsung software enhancements are present here.
Really, the only difference is that its slightly smaller than the Tab S7+ and doesn’t have a Super AMOLED screen.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The Tab S6 is “old news” — it got released way back in August of 2019 and was Samsung’s heavy-hitter way back then. But hey, that doesn’t mean it has to die, right? Samsung still sells it in its official store and you can grab one for a good price.
You get a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 60 Hz refresh rate, S Pen out of the box, quad speakers, and DeX mode on board. It’s a good way to get that premium Samsung experience without breaking the bank.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
The Tab S6 Lite came long after its flagship sibling — it was released in May of 2020. So, it’s still a relatively fresh product. It cuts back on a lot of the features of the Tab S6, though.
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has an LCD screen and a midrange processor. However, its strengths are the fact that it comes with an S Pen out of the box and it still has stereo speakers (landscape stereo).
If you are looking to dip your toes in the whole “Digital pen on a tablet” thing but don’t want to spend too much cash, the Tab S6 Lite is a good choice. Note that it does not have DeX mode on board. You can still pair it with a standard Bluetooth keyboard, if you want one.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
If you simply want a tablet for media consumption and you don’t care about S Pen shenanigans or productivity — the Galaxy Tab A7 offers just that. A quad-speaker system provides full stereo sound in any orientation and a 10.4-inch screen gives you plenty of real estate to watch movies or browse the Internet on.
You can still slap a Bluetooth keyboard case on it, but there’s no DeX on this one, so it’s the base OneUI (Android) experience for you.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung’s Chromebooks are typically more premium than their affordable cousins from competing manufacturers. And yes, the Chromebook 2 can definitely wow you. Now, keep in mind that Chrome OS is a pretty light system that more or less offers Android-type functionality, apps, and performance. As long as you want a light laptop-tablet hybrid that you can carry around anywhere for some writing, taking notes, and enjoying multimedia — the Chromebook 2 can be right up your alley.
It comes with a stylus, and hey — we all know how good Samsung is with its S Pen game.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha
Yeah that name is a mouthful, but this laptop is truly a flex. It’s a full-fledged Windows laptop with a 360-degree hinge, which is why Samsung markets it as half-laptop, half-tablet. It’s a full on great laptop to have is all I would say. With great battery performance, a beautiful QLED screen, and a choice between Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, it’s no slouch and can be a professional’s go-to tool for work on the go.
Of course, this one also comes with a Samsung stylus in the box, and Windows now fully supports digital pens, so that’s only a plus.