Samsung didn’t have any new smartphones to announce at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but it was all about tablets – the new Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book – which are designed to provide a powerful mobile computing experience.
Both of Samsung’s new tablets have an eye-catching slim look and are designed to offer a premium experience whether it is used for work or play.
The Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED screen while the Galaxy Book will come in two versions – 10.6-inch TFT LCD and 12-inch Super AMOLED.
Samsung’s new tablets also have a few other features in common.
The first is HDR (high dynamic range) support so HDR content will have even more colour and contrast.
Also included with the Tab S3 and Galaxy Book is Samsung Flow which enables users to transfer documents and even answer text messages from their smartphone or tablet.
The new and refined S Pen also comes with Samsung’s new tablets and it has increased sensitivity and so many uses to draw, write and sketch on the screen.,
Both tablets also have a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
Each has expandable storage and up to 12 hours of battery life with the Tab S3 and 10.5 hours for the 12-inch Galaxy Book.
“Samsung is extending our product portfolio to provide our customers with the best possible tools to support great productivity and a premium entertainment experience, whatever the needs of the user,” said Richard Fink, Samsung Australia, Vice President IT and mobile division
“Samsung is committed to offering a range of premium tablet experiences across Windows and Android operating systems and whether people use their device for content creation, consumption, or both.”
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S3
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is running Android and is just 6mm thick and can play back 4K video on its stunning Super AMOLED screen.
It is also Samsung’s first tablet to feature quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG by Harman.
The Tab S3 also has Vulkan API for better game play and a Do Not Disturb feature if you don’t want your game interrupted by notifications.
SAMSUNG GALAXY BOOK
The Samsung Galaxy Book is running the Windows 10 operating system and is aimed at on-the-move professionals.
Both models weigh less than a kilo – 640g for the 10.6-inch and 754g for the 12-inch – and offer a handy 2-in-1 form factor so they can be used as a tablet and, with the addition of the included keyboard cover, they can also be used like a laptop.
The keyboard has large tactile keys for comfortable typing and is also backlit when typing in lowlight situations.
While Samsung didn’t launch any new phones, it was quick to point out it would be holding an Unpacked event on March 29 where it will probably introduce the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei