Samsung is trying to kickstart the ailing tablet market with two new high-end devices meant to bring PC-power to wherever you want to be.
Just ahead of the official start of Mobile World Congress on Sunday evening, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book. The company acknowledged the tablet market is at a “turning point,” but seemed confident the upgrades in the new devices will help tip the scales in the right direction. Here’s the rundown on both:
The Tab S3 feels strongly reminiscent of Apple’s recent iPad refresh, complete with a super slim design and a revamped stylus that offers a finer point and better pressure control. It comes in a handy 9.7-inch package with a Super AMOLED Display, while the Book boasts two size options – a 10.6-inch version with a TFT LCD screen and a 12-inch model with a Super AMOLED display, which Samsung highlighted as perfect for on the go video viewing. Both tablets include Samsung Flow, allowing users to tether compatible devices to transfer documents and sync message notifications.
The Tab S3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, while the Book gets extra juice from Intel’s 7th Generation Core m3 processor. While the Tab S3 runs on Android Nougat, the Book is geared toward working professionals with Windows 10.
As for some other niceties, the Tab S3 and 12-inch Book also come with a 13 mp rear camera, a 5 mp front camera, fast charging, and storage expandable up to 256 GB. The devices also now come with Category 6 LTE compatibility in addition to WiFi connectivity. Both have an optional keyboard for ease of use.
As a part of a running theme in Samsung’s presentation, the company announced both the Tab S3 and Book will come with an S Pen in the box, while the latter will also come with the aforementioned keyboard.
Pricing and availability for the Tab S3 and Book weren’t announced, but here’s a little more from the event floor to feed your jones.
And if you were wondering about the Galaxy S8 smartphone, you’re going to have to wait another month.