Samsung Launches the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3: Snapdragon 820 with 6000mAh and HDRby Ian Cutress on February 26, 2017 1:11 PM EST
Along with the Galaxy Book parts being launched today, Samsung also announced the next generation of Galaxy Tab. The S3 is also an iterative design, with what Samsung believes is the premium Android tablet available in the market. Starting with the Snapdragon 820 SoC, featuring Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores, the headline message for the S3 is support for HDR 8-bit content as well as a 6000 mAh battery and support for fast charging technology.
Aside from the SoC, the tablet is set to be offered in a 4GB DRAM and 64GB storage option, with a microSD card allowing for another 256GB. Wireless, aside from the 2x2 802.11ac inside, comes via an LTE Cat.6 modem, good for 300 Mbps downlink speed. There is also support for BEIDOU and GALILEO location detection services.
The 9.7-inch display uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology, with a resolution of 2048x1536, and uses quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG/Harman. Similar to the Galaxy Book, Samsung is promoting its latest ‘Flow’ technology, allowing biometric login for wirelessly tethered devices, and the new S Pen with ‘screen off’ note taking functionality. These are built upon Android 7.0, which along with the SoC is engineered for 4K60 video playback.
The camera setup is similar to the 12-inch Galaxy Book, with a 13MP rear sensor with auto-focus and a 5MP front sensor (other details should emerge on these. Samsung is listing the weight at around a pound for the S3 (434g in LTE mode), and the unit comes with a kickstand.
We’re awaiting more details on the hardware and the implementation, hopefully coming through the press event that’s starting as I’m writing this news post. We’ll hopefully get pricing and availability information too.
Edit: All Tab S3 units will come with the S-Pen as standard, and Samsung are partnering with Staedtler to provide a special S Pen called Noris Digital in the traditional school pencil style.
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Gich - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkThis with Win10, plz.
MonkeyPaw - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkThey did also launch some Windows 10 tablets with S-pen support.
Michael Bay - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkI suspect the stylus is the draw here.
Gich - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkIntel makes it too expensive.
satai - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkSo you want "this" wih a crappy OS on a CPU, that won't work with the OS... to have a cheap variant? Are we talking about this HDR AMOLED-equiped high-end tablet as a cheap option? :-O
Gich - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkWin10 on ARM. Might need a bump to SD 835, but still...
Outside a smartphone Android is THE shit.
melgross - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkYou're right. It is shit. And Win 10 on ARM? Do you want it to run, or not?
Diji1 - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - linkYes Android is a terrible OS - and I do not own any non-Android mobile devices just to be clear before the kneejerk reaction brigade jumps in.
And that's before you take into account that it's a product made to spy on the user for the world largest internet advertising business.
Meteor2 - Monday, February 27, 2017 - linkHave you used the more recent versions, without crappy UIs added on? Android 7 is easily the best mobile OS.
Gich - Monday, February 27, 2017 - linkYou must not have really used it, if you think it has really changed.