Samsung Electronics took the stage on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to present two new devices: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Book.
The Korean tech giant also made some announcements in the realm of telecommunications, revealing a new lineup of 5G products and solutions. It also introduced the new Samsung Gear VR headset with a controller.
During the event, the company focused on the two new tablets, set to compete against Apple’s iPad and Microsoft’s Surface Pro lines. However, it did not forget about the thing everyone was expecting: the Samsung Galaxy 8. There will be a dedicated reveal on March 29 for the company’s next flagship.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 specifications and features
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was, for a long time, a top option for those looking to get a serious Android tablet. Now, the Galaxy Tab S3 is here to replace it with a next-gen model ready for today’s mobile demands.
For starters, Samsung is ditching alternative presentations with its new tablet for a single form factor. This model will have a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with QXGA resolutions of 2048 x 1536p.
Inside, the Galaxy Tab S3 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, with four cores and up to 2.15 GHz of power. There will be 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage under the hood, expandable up to 256 GB using a microSD card.
The tablet supports HDR, 4K video playback and it has smart speakers by AKG that deliver sound depending on the device’s orientation. It can also record video at these resolutions with its 13 MP and 5 MP rear and front cameras.
Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Tab has a single USB-C port, through which users can fast-charge the 6,000 mAh battery of the tablet. It runs Android 7.0, and it will come in Wi-Fi-only and LTE connectivity versions.
Galaxy Book specs
2-in-1 devices are all the rage nowadays, with the Surface Pro line from Microsoft and the XPS 13 by Dell. Samsung joined the trend with its own device: the Samsung Galaxy Book.
These hybrid devices are as portable as a tablet and as powerful as a notebook. Don’t be fooled by their thin bodies because they pack great power thanks to Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors.
Samsung offers two models of the Galaxy Book. The first one has a 12-inch Super AMOLED screen with full HD resolutions (2160 x 1440). There are two memory configurations: 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage or 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Both versions will be expandable via microSD.
The 12-inch model will carry a dual-core, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and it will run on Windows 10. This version of the Galaxy Book will have two USB-C ports, a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP camera for selfies.
Also, there will be a 10.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book with a TFT full HD (1920 x 1080) display powered by a dual-core, 2.6 GHz Intel Core m3 chipset.
It will come with just 4 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, also expandable up to 256 GB. The tablet will have just one USB-C port and a 5 MP camera in the front.
Both Samsung Galaxy Book models will have an LTE version to support mobile connections using a SIM card on top of being Wi-Fi-enabled.
All Samsung Tablets unveiled at the MWC will ship with their S-Pen stylus, and will be compatible with Pogo magnetic keyboards. These peripherals require no charging and pair automatically with the devices.
The company has yet to announce price or availability of any of these devices, but some speculate the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could have a starting price of $899. The entry-level Galaxy Book, however, will be above the $1,000 mark and launch in the coming months.