Samsung are launching a fresh bid for the tablet market, with the new Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book due to land on Australian shores on July 28.
“Samsung believes in premium experiences and choice, and the Galaxy Book and Tab S3 give Australians the ability to choose the tablet that suits their needs and stay connected with a 4G offering,” said Richard Fink, Vice President, IT and Mobile Division.
“Whether it’s the Galaxy Book 12-inch productivity powerhouse with a keyboard and S Pen, or a beautifully crafted and sleek Tab S3 engineered for premium entertainment experiences, our new range offers a great solution for a variety of users, from busy professionals on-the-go to people relaxing whilst streaming content at home,” he added.
The Galaxy Book is available in a 10.6-inch and 12-inch variant, both running on Windows 10. The latter comes equipped with a 3.1GHz 7th Generation Intel Core i5 dual core processor while the former boasts a 2.6GHz Intel Core m3 dual core processor.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S3 runs on Android and comes in a single 9.7-inch variant. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and a clean 4GB of RAM. It’s packing 32GB of on-board storage but supports MicroSD cards up to 256GB in size. It also features a slick glass-backed design, inherited from the Galaxy S7.
Samsung are positioning the tablet as the entertainment-optimised offering of the range, bundling in a set of headphones tuned by AKG. The Tab S3 also includes Vulkan API for superior graphics and a new Game Launcher, which Samsung say will offer “an enhanced user interface and personalised gaming experience.”
In terms of the cameras on offer, the Tab S3 features a 13-megapixel auto-focus ready lens on the back and a 5-megapixel. The 12-inch Galaxy Book matches that but drops the flash while the 10.6-inch model features trims things back to just the 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
All three will come capable of 4G connectivity and Samsung say more details about data partnerships with carriers will be coming soon. However, that’s not all they have in common.
Both the Tab S3 and Galaxy Book feature a high-end Super AMOLED screen that supports HDR content and Samsung’s new refined S Pen. Given the only major source of content that makes use of that screen is Netflix, the latter here is likely to be the more meaningful inclusion.
The new S-Pen has a reduced 0.7mm tip and up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Samsung are emphasising the versatility of the S-Pen, presenting it as equally viable for professional annotation uses as well as artistic ones.
Samsung are even teaming up with stationary brand Staedtler to offer a unique S-Pen that looks and feels like you’re using a classic lead pencil. Based on our hands-on with it, this might be the coolest piece of the puzzle.
Even if it is mostly an aesthetic variant, drawing with the Steadtler S-Pen feels much closer to drawing with a pencil than a traditional stylus does. What’s more, unlike the Apple Pencil, it doesn’t require any recharging at all. Samsung say you just need to pick it up and you’ll be ready to go.
Every customer who purchases a Galaxy Book up until September the 12th will receive a complimentary Staedtler Pen and Samsung Multiport adapter.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book will be available from July 28th online via Samsung’s eStore and in retail Samsung Experience Stores. Galaxy Tab S3 will also be available at selected retailers, with details to be announced soon.
Pricing starts at $1099 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model of the 10.6-inch Galaxy Book. Making the jump to 4G pushes the price up to $1299.
The 12-inch 128GB Galaxy Book sits at $1599 for Wi-Fi and $1799 for 4G. The larger 256GB Galaxy Book bumps that up to $1899 and $2299 respectively.
Finally, the Wi-Fi version of the Tab S3 will cost you $949 with the 4G tablet raising the RRP to $1099.
Further details on carrier plans for the range are expected to be announced soon.