First impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

I got about a 30-second hands-on with the new Galaxy Tab 4, and here's how it went.

We were in a huge Wi-Fi testing chamber at the Samsung headquarters in Suwon, Korea, and the device they were testing looked a bit odd – like a slightly inflated Samsung Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3, the proportions of which were slightly different. It was certainly a Galaxy Tab – it had a white front with the home button, and looked just like a Galaxy Tab with relatively quality plastic, but was still clearly an affordable device – yet there was something a little... different.

And then, three hours later, I saw the Galaxy Tab 4 press release. Oh, that's what it was.

The thing that looked a little odd? The Galaxy Tab 3's edges are bowed out slightly, while the Tab 4's top and bottom edges are flat. It actually makes the Tab 4 look a touch chubbier when it isn't, because it's a more perfect rectangle rather than a slight oval shape.

Of course, there are other changes. The new Tabs move from a dual-core processor to a quad-core, and from Android 4.1 to Android 4.4. And there's now a 16GB, 7in model rather than just an 8GB model.

Ultimately, the Tab 4 can't get that aggressive because it's still aiming at a low price point. Down at the budget end of the spectrum, all you can hope for is a solid, decently performing tablet with a recent version of Android, and the Tab 4 delivers. It also still suffers from the fact that Google and Amazon don't need to make money on their Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX tablets, so those competitors can deliver even better screens in the same budget price bracket.

We'll see more when we get our hands on the Tab 4 for review, hopefully soon.

Meanwhile, check out our tour of the Galaxy S5's production line.