Samsung announces Galaxy Tab S3 with S-Pen and two Windows tablets, teases March launch for Galaxy S8

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Following LG’s launch of the G6 earlier this morning, Samsung has taken the stage at MWC 2017 to launch, not the Galaxy S8, but its new flagship tablet ─ the Galaxy Tab S3, along with a couple of new Windows-powered tablets.

First, let’s talk about the Tab S3. This is a flagship tablet from Samsung and thus, it uses premium materials and specifications. The tablet has a metal frame and glass back, just like the company’s flagship smartphones. It has a 9.7-inch SuperAMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a microSD slot, and Android Nougat out of the box.

The tablet focuses on entertainment with that large, high-resolution HDR-capable display and gaming mode, but doesn’t leave out productivity, including a special S-Pen in the box. Samsung is also offering an official keyboard for the tablet that connects via a set of pogo pins.

On the Windows side of things, we’ve got the new Galaxy Book in two sizes ─ 10.6-inch and 12-inch. The tablets are designed to compete with Microsoft’s Surface lineup, offering Intel Core i5 chipsets in the 12-inch model, and Intel Core m3 chipsets in the smaller 10.6-inch model. Both tablets offer 4GB of RAM (up to 8GB on the 12-inch) and up to 128GB of storage (up to 256GB on the 12-inch). Both, of course, run on top of Windows 10. All three tablets also include USB-C and all-day battery life, but we’ve yet to hear anything regarding price or availability.

Alongside this announcement, Samsung has also given us our first teaser for the upcoming Galaxy S8. The teaser reveals that Samsung will be launching the phone at the end of March on the 29th at an event in New York City.

Press Release

Samsung Expands Tablet Portfolio with Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, Offering Enhanced Mobile Entertainment and Productivity

Ridgefield Park, NJ – February 26, 2017Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Book, stylishly designed tablets with advanced computing technology offering a premium mobile experience. For digital content enthusiasts, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers superior video and gaming experiences along with versatile usage as a productivity tool, while the Galaxy Book gives professionals enhanced computing power for work and play.

The Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display and the Galaxy Book is offered in a 10.6-inch TFT LCD version and 12-inch Super AMOLED version.

The new tablets unveiled at Mobile World Congress provide premium Galaxy technology including:

  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video Content: Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book 12-inch support videos in HDR (10bit colored) for true-to-life colors and vivid digital content.
  • Samsung Flow: Samsung Flow makes working on the go seamless. For a safe and secure login, Samsung Flow uses biometric authentication to log-in and can wirelessly tether compatible devices to transfer documents from a mobile device to a tablet. It also syncs message notifications so users never miss an important text message whether they’re using a smartphone or their tablet.
  • Refined S Pen*: For a natural writing experience, the S Pen has a smaller 0.7mm tip and increased pressure sensitivity. The S Pen also includes convenient features such as Screen Off Memo to quickly jot down notes, PDF Annotation for easy editing and professional-level drawing with Advanced Drawing Tools.

Both tablets deliver on Samsung’s legacy of innovative Galaxy technology including a 13-megapixel rear camera which includes auto focus and a 5-megapixel front camera for high-quality photos. The tablets also include expandable storage** and more power efficiency with fast-charge capabilities, supporting up to 12 hours of video playback on the Galaxy Tab S3 and up to 10.5 hours of video playback on the Samsung Book (12-inch). Both devices also support Pogo keyboards with no separate charging or pairing required.

“At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products that satisfy mobile users’ diverse needs and demands,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Our new tablet portfolio is built with premium technology that delivers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Optimized for Entertainment yet offering versatile usage   

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 takes mobile entertainment to the next level providing a cinema-like experience with 4K video playback and a stunning Super AMOLED display. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S3 is the first Samsung tablet to feature quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG by HARMAN for premium visual and listening experiences. And with content partners like Amazon, enjoy instant access to HDR original videos.

Optimized for gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 includes Vulkan API for superior graphics and Game Launcher for an enhanced user interface and personalized gaming experience, as well as modes like Do Not Disturb for uninterrupted gameplay.

With an enhanced S Pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 allows users to be more productive, creative, and do multiple things at once. The Galaxy Tab S3 is designed to keep users always connected with faster charging and longer battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Book: Enhanced Power and Performance in a 2-in-1 Design

Available in 10.6-inch and 12-inch models, the Samsung Galaxy Book caters to productive on-the-go professionals who are looking for a powerful computing device that isn’t tied to the desktop. The Samsung Galaxy Book is lightweight and has a versatile form factor, easily transforming from a tablet to notebook.

For enterprise-grade performance, the Samsung Galaxy Book 12-inch is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Dual Core 3.1GHz and the 10.6-inch with an Intel® Core™ m3 processor, Dual core 2.6GHz.

Built on the Windows 10 operating system, the Galaxy Book offers the full desktop Microsoft Office experience for maximum productivity. It also features a keyboard that is larger and more tactile with discernible keys so users can comfortably type just as they would on a traditional computing device.