(Pocket-lint) - Following a previous leak of a manual that showed the Galaxy Tab S3 with a keyboard dock akin to those on the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface tablets - smart connectors that power draw power from the tablet to power the keyboard to save it relying on Bluetooth - a rendered image of a Tab S3 connected to a keyboard has appeared online.
The image, courtesy of usually reliable tipster Evan Blass, shows a keyboard that appears to have taken design cues from Apple's Smart Keyboard. They key layout and spacing is near on identical, as is the angle it looks to be keeping the tablet at.
It's not obvious from the image if the keyboard is a folio style case for the tablet, or simply an attachment. It does look as though it's made from plastic, rather than the soft material of Apple's keyboard dock, so we'd wager it's a separate accessory.
Blass hasn't said if the keyboard will be bundled with the tablet either. Samsung did bundle a keyboard with the Windows-toting Galaxy TabPro S, although the price and marketed use of that model are notably different to the Tab S3. We'd therefore assume Samsung will sell the keyboard separately.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is also expected to be able to support an S Pen stylus, according to the same leaked manual. There won't be a port on the tablet to house it though, so it will be a separate accessory, again, much like Apple with the Apple Pencil.
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Samsung has sent out media invites for an event on the 26 February, this coming Sunday, so we'll find out exactly what Samsung's new tablet will look like and feature then.