“Hands on with Samsung’s loaded new Android tablet”
Samsung’s traditional flagship smartphone launch at this year’s MWC was conspicuously absent, as the company decided to tone things down and launch two tablets instead. The stars of the show this time were the Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab S3. While the former is a Windows 10 convertible, the latter is a loaded Android tablet. We had a chance to go hands on with both devices at MWC 2017, and here’s a quick look at the Tab S3.
The Android tablet space has been stagnating of late, and with the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung wants to provide a breath of fresh air. The tablet is loaded enough internally to make it a powerhorse, but the externals, comprising of the bundled all-new S Pen and an optional keyboard make it a true productivity slate. In fact, the inclusion of the S Pen makes it feel more like a Note tablet, rather than a regular Tab series device. You can do all the things you normally would with the S Pen, including bring up Air Command, write notes, take screenshots and doodle, among others. The new S Pen features a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 levels of pressure for increased accuracy. Unfortunately, there’s no slot in the tablet to hold the S Pen, but it does come with flattened edges that prevents it from rolling off a table or flat surface. The optional keyboard connects directly to the Tab S3 thank to gold connectors at the bottom, and doesn’t require an external power source.
The Tab S3 itself has undergone a major redesign compared to the Tab S2, and now features a Galaxy S7-inspired glass back panel that looks very premium alongside its metal frame. There’s a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button, and four AKG-tuned speakers to make it media-friendly. The tablet features a 9.7-inch sAMOLED display with QXGA (2,048 x 1,536) resolution. The screen is sharp with punchy colours and good viewing angles. The core specs include a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB), 13MP/5MP cameras, a 6,000mAh battery and Android Nougat with TouchWiz. The tablet is available in both Wi-Fi only and LTE variants.
Priced starting at €679 (~Rs 54,000), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 doesn’t come cheap, but is at the top of our list if you’re looking for a loaded Android tablet you can actually use for work. Of course, if Android doesn’t appeal to your power-user sensibilities, the Galaxy Book is a great Windows 10 alternative.
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