Samsung didn't use Mobile World Congress to launch its latest flagship smartphones, but that doesn't mean the South Korean tech giant kept quiet at the show.
In fact, it did quite the opposite with the announcement of not one, but two new tablets, one of which is the Galaxy Tab S3. Here is everything you need to know about the new iPad rival.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Design
- 6.0mm slim frame
- Tab S3 comes with S Pen stylus in box
- Home button and fingerprint sensor
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 follows in a similar path to its predecessor when it comes to design. There are some changes here and there, but like the Tab S2, the new tablet has a premium design with an all-metal body.
The Galaxy Tab S2 featured lovely rounded corners, a slim build, rear camera lens in the centre at the top and a fingerprint sensor within the home button on the front of the device and the Galaxy Tab S3 follows suit.
The new device has a 237.3 x 169 x 6.0mm build that weighs 429g or 434g depending on whether you opt for the Wi-Fi or LTE model, and it will ship with the S Pen stylus, though there is no dedicated slot for storing it as there is with the company's Note devices.
Additionally, the Galaxy Tab S3 has a keyboard dock port on one of its sides for attaching Pogo keyboards, USB Type-C at the bottom, a headphone jack and a SIM or microSD slot. It also has quad-stereo speakers, turned by AKG by Harman, said to be for premium visual and listening experiences.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Display
- 9.7-inch screen
- 4K video playback supported
- Resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 9.7-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. There were originally claimed to be two versions of this device in terms of screen size, though this has turned out not to be the case.
The Super AMOLED display supports 4K video playback however and it also features High Dynamic Range (HDR), supporting video playback of HDR content.
The S Pen has also been refined for the Galaxy Tab S3, offering a smaller 0.7mm tip and increased sensitivity. It includes a number of features, such as Screen Off Memo for jotting down notes when the display is off, as well as PDF Annotation and Advanced Drawing Tools.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Hardware
- Qualcomm SD820 chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
- 6000mAh battery
- Wi-Fi and LTE models
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with microSD support for storage expansion.
The company is offering both Wi-Fi and LTE variants of the device, both of which come with a 6000mAh battery and support for fast charging. They also both have Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.2.
For those tablet photographers out there, the Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera featuring autofocus and a flash, while a 5-megapixel camera sits on the front for selfies and video calling.
As we mentioned, there is also a fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as AKG quad-stereo speakers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Software
- Android Nougat
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 launches with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. The software features Samsung's TouchWiz interface on top, and it sports several new features compared to the Galaxy Tab S2, including the S Pen functionality.
Screen Off Memo is one of those features, as we mentioned, allowing you to write notes without the screen needing to be on. This is something that has been present on the recent Note devices, but not on the Samsung tablets before.
The Galaxy Tab S3 also features Samsung Smart Switch, Samsung Notes, Air Command and Samsung Flow.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Release date and price
- Available from 31 March
- Pre-order from 17 March, 8AM
- Starts at £599
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will start at £599 and will be available to pre-order in the UK from 8am GMT on 17 March at samsung.com. It will hit shelves on 31 March.
Those who pre-order before 31 March will get an keyboard cover worth £119 with their device, while stocks last.