Samsung didn’t announce Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress this year. Instead, the Korean electronics giant unveiled two new tablets: the Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book.
Galaxy Tab S3
One look at the Galaxy Tab S3 is enough to understand that Samsung intends to go head-to-head with the iPad Pro.
With the new metal and glass design Galaxy S3 pretty much resembles a blown up Galaxy S7. The obvious advantage is that it looks pretty and only 6-millimeters thick while at the same time the glass backside is a fingerprint magnet.
The Galaxy Tab S3 can boast of an excellent 9.7-inch (2,048 x 1,536) Super AMOLED display that is both bright and crisp. It is the first tablet that supports videos with greater dynamic range with its HDR-ready screen.
There are two cameras – a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus on the back and a 5-megapixel camera for selfies on the front.
Let’s touch technical characteristics. Underneath the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD), and a 6,000 mAh battery with Samsung’s Fast Charging support via its USB-C port. The tablet has built-in LTE as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Tab S3’s S Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure and a 0.7 millimeter tip for pinpoint precision. The display can detect when the S Pen is tilted at different angles. So to put it short, the Tab S3’s S Pen is basically the same as the Galaxy Note7’s.
One more tablet presented by Samsung, the Galaxy Book, comes in two sizes: 10.6-inch (1,920 x 1,280) LCD and 12-inch (2,160 x 1,440) AMOLED displays. If compared with the Tab S3, the Book is thicker and heavier.
Both Galaxy Books have microSD card slots for storage expansion up to 256GB, and feature Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, LTE and Fast Charging.
The 10.6-inch Galaxy Book has a seventh-generation 2.6GHz Intel Core m3 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and a single 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The 12-inch Galaxy Book has a seventh-generation 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core chip, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of SSD storage or 8GB of RAM with 256GB of SSD, and two cameras (13-megapixels on the back with autofocus and 5-megapixels on the front).
Samsung Flow is probably one of the tablet’s best features. Galaxy Book’s owners can use its fingerprint sensor to unlock the Galaxy Book and even reply to messages and take phone calls on the tablet.
Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or a release date both for the Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book so far.