Samsung now offers a Wi-Fi version of its Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G released in the summer of 2021. A variant without 5G, with a better chip, but also sold at a slightly lower price.
Shortly before the publication of our test of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G, Samsung announced a Wi-Fi version of its latest tablet. Far from being simply a "non 5G version", it benefits from a new, more powerful processor, swapping the Snadragon 750G for the Snapdragon 778G that we've already seen at work in another of the firm's products, the Galaxy A52s 5G, for example. Another welcome addition is Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, which is absent from the 5G model, and weighs more heavily on the scale of our new test rating dedicated to tablets. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE Wi-Fi benefits from a lower price. It comes in at $599 in 64GB and $649 in 128GB. A positioning that allows it to go it alone on the current market of tablets.
For the rest, the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab S7 FE offers the same features as its 5G counterpart. Its 12.4-inch LCD panel is similar, with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and a 16:10 ratio. Both tablets have 6 GB of RAM, although the Tab S7 FE Wi-Fi also comes in a 4 / 64 GB RAM version. A single 8-megapixel camera module is placed on the back. The front gets a 5-megapixel camera. The same 10,090 mAh battery is integrated into the device.
The main difference of this Galaxy Tab S7 FE Wi-Fi lies in its new processor, more powerful than its 5G sibling. The Snapdragon 778G coupled with 6GB of RAM gives the tablet a slight performance boost. Multitasking doesn't change much. Both models prove to be responsive and the 5-point change on our index is quite significant. In gaming, the new Snapdragon allows the tablet to do as well as the latest MatePad Pro from Huawei. With an index of 110, it lands on the podium of the best models passed on our test bench. In use, the Tab S7 FE Wi-Fi delivers an average of 62 fps and can do better than the Tab S7 and Tab S7+.
Despite an identical battery capacity, the autonomy of the two tablets is not comparable. For example, where we measured almost 23 hours of use on the 5G model, the Wi-Fi version drops to 17 hours 34 minutes - a score below what the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 offers. For charging, you have to make do with a 25W block in the box, which fully charges the battery in 3 h. The tablet also accepts 45 W with a proper block, which cuts the charging time by about half.
Without 5G, but with Wi-Fi 6, a better chip and a more attractive price, the Wi-Fi model of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE does not lack interest compared to its 5G counterpart. Even its shorter battery life is still in the upper range of what competing tablets can offer. Definitely a model to consider if you're looking for a great tablet.