Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 line of tablets on Wednesday, just one month after photos of the 7-inch model leaked online. A 10-inch, an 8-inch and a 7-inch version will be available in the United States on May 1st.
The Galaxy Tab line is Samsung’s low-end tablet offering. All three tablets have identical specifications aside from screen and battery size: each is equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab 4 runs Android(s goog) 4.4 with 16GB of built-in storage and an option to add more via a microSD card. The 7-inch version will cost $200, the 8-inch version will run you $270, and the 10-inch model starts at $350.
Like the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, the weakest included component is the screen itself: Samsung has opted for 1280 x 800 panels in all three tablets, bringing the 10-inch version’s pixel density to a paltry 151 pixels per square inch — a far cry from the pixel-dense screens on other Android tablets such as the Nexus 10, which was also built by Samsung.
The Galaxy Tab will eventually come in an LTE-enabled version sold by carriers, with AT&T(S T) offering all three models, Sprint(S S) carrying the 7-inch model, T-Mobile(S TMUS) opting for the 8-inch tablet, and Verizon(S VZ) carrying both the 8 and 10-inch versions. While pricing is not yet known for the LTE-equipped models, presumably the tablets will be discounted when signing up for an LTE data plan with contract.
Judging from the suggested retail price, these tablets do not represent a good deal, unless you value Samsung’s software and services or need LTE connectivity. While Google’s year-old Nexus 7 has a superior screen and similar performance, the least expensive model only costs $30 more than the entry-level Galaxy Tab.