Along with the Galaxy Book parts being launched today, Samsung also announced the next generation of Galaxy Tab. The S3 is also an iterative design, with what Samsung believes is the premium Android tablet available in the market. Starting with the Snapdragon 820 SoC, featuring Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores, the headline message for the S3 is support for HDR 8-bit content as well as a 6000 mAh battery and support for fast charging technology.

Aside from the SoC, the tablet is set to be offered in a 4GB DRAM and 64GB storage option, with a microSD card allowing for another 256GB. Wireless, aside from the 2x2 802.11ac inside, comes via an LTE Cat.6 modem, good for 300 Mbps downlink speed. There is also support for BEIDOU and GALILEO location detection services.

The 9.7-inch display uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology, with a resolution of 2048x1536, and uses quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG/Harman. Similar to the Galaxy Book, Samsung is promoting its latest ‘Flow’ technology, allowing biometric login for wirelessly tethered devices, and the new S Pen with ‘screen off’ note taking functionality. These are built upon Android 7.0, which along with the SoC is engineered for 4K60 video playback.

The camera setup is similar to the 12-inch Galaxy Book, with a 13MP rear sensor with auto-focus and a 5MP front sensor (other details should emerge on these. Samsung is listing the weight at around a pound for the S3 (434g in LTE mode), and the unit comes with a kickstand.

We’re awaiting more details on the hardware and the implementation, hopefully coming through the press event that’s starting as I’m writing this news post. We’ll hopefully get pricing and availability information too.

Edit: All Tab S3 units will come with the S-Pen as standard, and Samsung are partnering with Staedtler to provide a special S Pen called Noris Digital in the traditional school pencil style.

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  • UtilityMax - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    As if Windows was a good tablet OS. The only way to get anything done with Surface Pro 4 is to plug the keyboard cover into it, and use it as if it was an ultrabook.
  • HardwareDufus - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Supports a keyboard case and has 4 speakers.
    Comes with a pen, but nowhere to put it. Hopefully this keyboard case has a sensible place to keep it.
  • mmrezaie - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    What is up with Samsung and not using updated processors for their tablets?
  • lilmoe - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    With the additional thermal headroom, this is as good as it. Better SoCs aren't yet.
  • lilmoe - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    as good as it gets***
  • melgross - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Not for Android, no. The A10 kills this, and the A10x will bury it. But, that's nothing new.

    The real question is how many will pay this much for an Android tablet? Mostly, they're given away with Samsung Edges or Notes.
  • lilmoe - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Not sure what your point is, but yea, Apple makes lots of nice, overhyped processors optimized for their software alone. Thing is, they're not sold separately, and probably aren't as good running Android.
    So yea, SD820 is as good as it gets for Android tablets you want to release _now_.
  • Diji1 - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Clearly you've never used the devices you're talking about if you think that.

    And why would any Apple user care that Android doesn't run on it?
  • osxandwindows - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    What are you talking about.
    At the end of the day, its just an ARM chip with much better IPC.
  • MonkeyPaw - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    How do you know? We don't have Apple devices running SD835 either. What matters is what the user experiences, not the benchmark scores that many companies cheat at anyway.

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