SAMSUNG HAS LAUNCHED the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, premium Android and Windows devices that look to challenge Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface devices.
The Galaxy Tab S3 is, as expected, the firm's new flagship Android tablet, and the successor to last year's Galaxy Tab S2. The tablet, which you'll probably want to put in case given its all-glass design, packs a 9.7in 2048x1536 Super AMOLED display that supports both 4K and HDR playback.
This high-res screen is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Vulkan API graphics and 4GB RAM, and the tablet offers 32GB built-in storage, expandable by an additional 256GB via the onboard microSD slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 runs Nougat, naturally, and ships Samsung's S Pen included, which means you'll be able to doodle and note make on its display. It also sets its sights on Apple's iPad Pro with a keyboard dock connector, with Samsung set to offer optional add-ons.
The tablet also packs a 6,000mAh battery with Fast Charging support, USB-C, support for 300Mbps LTE download speeds and a dual 13MP and 5MP camera set-up.
The Galaxy Tab S3 will be available to preorder in WiFi-only and LTE models from 17 March, before it arrives on shelves on the 31st. Samsung has yet to confirm pricing, but a listing at John Lewis suggests the WiFi-only model will fetch £600. Ouch.
Samsung is also going after Microsoft with the Galaxy Book (below), a Windows 10-powered 2-in-1 that the firm claims is the slimmest on the market at 7.4mm-thick for the 10.6in LCD model, and 8.9mm-thick for the 12in AMOLED variant.
The 12in Samsung Galaxy Book is, unsurprisingly, the higher spec of the two, packing a 3.1GHz dual-core 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor under the hood, paired with either 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, or 8GB and 256GB.
The 10.6in model comes powered by a lesser spec Intel Core m3 processor and packs 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage. Both models come with microSD slots built-in.
The Galaxy Book, which shops with Samsung's 'desktop-like' keyboard and S Pen stylus, also features optional LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 support and a USB-C port for Fast Charging. The 12in model has a quoted battery life of 10.5 hours, while the 10.6in model will last for ten.
Samsung has yet to announce pricing and availability details. µ
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