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S Pen returns with Samsung’s new tablet lineup

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Written by Kamil Arli

After Samsung sunk its self-destructing Note 7, the company’s pen technology went on hiatus.

With no Galaxy S8 announcement at Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung turned to its Android and Windows 10 tablets to fill the void.

THE KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT ANNOUNCED TWO NEW TABLETS AT THE TRADE SHOW IN BARCELONA

The Korean electronics giant announced two new tablets at the trade show in Barcelona: The Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book, which will be available in 10.6- and 12-inch models.

Galaxy Tab S3

One look at the Galaxy Tab S3 and it’s clear Samsung designed it to go head-to-head with the iPad Pro.

 

The Tab S3 is super thin at 6

The Tab S3 is super thin at 6

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The first thing you’ll notice as soon as you pick it up is the new metal and glass design. It looks and feels like a blown up Galaxy S7, which is both good (it’s pretty and only 6-millimeters thick) and bad (the glass backside is a fingerprint magnet).

The Tab S3’s 9.7-inch (2,048 x 1,536) Super AMOLED display is excellent — it’s both bright and crisp, and text and photos look fantastic. The screen is also HDR-ready, making it the first tablet to support videos with greater dynamic range.

 

The Tab S3 is the world's first HDR-ready tablet.

The Tab S3 is the world’s first HDR-ready tablet.

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Underneath the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD), and a 6,000 mAh battery with Samsung’s Fast Charging support via its USB-C port. Along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the tablet’s also got built-in LTE.

 

Taking photos with a tablet still feels silly.

Taking photos with a tablet still feels silly.

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On the back you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus, and on the front, a 5-megapixel camera for selfies. There’s also a fingerprint sensor built into the home button below the screen.

For sound, Samsung’s crammed in quad speakers tuned by the audio specialists at AKG.

All these features are great upgrades for a premium tablet, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz is plenty smooth and responsive, but the new S Pen and attachable keyboard are the real stars.

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