Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet, Galaxy Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Launched at MWC 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet, Galaxy Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Launched at MWC 2017

Highlights

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Samsung Galaxy Book runs Windows 10
  • Both feature support for the S Pen style

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (seen below) and the Samsung Galaxy Book (seen above), the two latest tablet hybrids from Samsung, were unveiled at Samsungs MWC 2017 event. Both come with the S Pen stylus in the box, and while both support Pogo Keyboard Covers, only the Galaxy Book comes with it in the box – making it a 2-in-1 tablet hybrid. The Galaxy Tab S3 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, while the Galaxy Book runs Windows 10.

For now, price and availability details have not been shared by the company. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 – the new Samsung tablet sports a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (2 cores at 2.15GHz and 2 cores at 1.6GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage thats expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

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The tablet will be available in Wi-Fi only and LTE models, while other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Galaxy Tab S3 measures in at 237.3x169x6mm and weighs 429 grams on the Wi-Fi only version, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. Sensors on board include accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, geometric sensor, and RGB sensor.

Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Book – the 2-in-1 hybrid is the first Windows device with support for the S Pen stylus. The company has launched the hybrid in two screen sizes – 10.6-inch and 12-inch. Both feature some differences in specifications. The 10.6-inch display uses TFT technology and sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, while the 12-inch display uses Super AMOLED technology and boasts of a full-HD (2160×1440 pixels) resolution.

The 10.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book comes with a dual-core 7th generation Intel Core m3 clocked at 2.6GHz, while the 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book features a dual-core 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1GHz. While the 10.6-inch variant comes with 4GB of RAM in both 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage models, the 12-inch variant comes with 4GB of RAM in the 128GB storage model, and 8GB of RAM in the 256GB storage model.

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The 10.6-inch Galaxy Book model comes with only a 5-megapixel fixed focus webcam, while the 12-inch model comes with a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 5-megapixel webcam. Both sort USB 3.1 Type-C ports, though the 12-inch model has two instead of one. The smaller model weighs 640 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 650 grams for the LTE variant, while the larger model weighs in at 754 grams for both the Wi-Fi and LTE models. The smaller model has a 30.4WHr battery, while the larger model has a 39.04WHr battery. Dimensions are 261.2×179.1×8.9mm and 291.3×199.8×7.4mm respectively.

Getting to the common specifications – both the Samsung Galaxy Book models support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB), and connectivity options beyond LTE include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.1, and GPS. Sensors on board include accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.

Speaking about the launch, DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said, “At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products that satisfy mobile users diverse needs and demands. Our new tablet portfolio is built with premium technology that delivers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images, Specifications Leak Ahead of Its MWC 2017 Launch

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images, Specifications Leak Ahead of Its MWC 2017 Launch

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Highlights

  • Samsung tipped to be working on Windows LTE tablet alongside
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tipped to sport 2048 x 1536 pixels display
  • Tablet tipped to be powered by Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC

Samsungs rumoured Galaxy Tab S3 tablet, which is expected to be launched by the company at MWC 2017, has now been leaked again in images and the devices specifications have also found their way onto the Internet. Samsungs MWC event is set to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) on Sunday.

Rhe renders leaked earlier this week showed that the tablet will come with Samsung Notes app, indicating presence of a stylus, and the newly leaked images show the stylus alongside the tablet. Apart from Galaxy Tab S3, the South Korean company has also been tipped to be working on its Samsung Galaxy Book Windows LTE tablet.

As per the newly leaked images, provided by TechnoBuffalo, the tablet will come along with a rather bulky but advanced looking stylus that resembles Microsofts Surface Pen. Just like the keyboard accessory leaked earlier, it is currently unclear if the stylus will be packed with the tablet or sold separately by the company. Another interesting aspect leaked about the device, revealed from the new images, is that it will feature audio tuning from AKG.

Almost all specifications of the tablet have been claimed to be leaked by MySmartPrice, along with another image. As per the leaked specifications, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will sport 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a display resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and capable of playing back HDR content. The Galaxy Tab S3 has been tipped to run Android 7.0 Nougat-based TouchWiz UX and is expected to be powered by a 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset. The upcoming Samsung tablet is expected to pack 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 256GB with microSD card.

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In terms of optics, the Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus. At front, it packs a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet reportedly measures 237.3x169x6mm and weighs 429 grams (the LTE variant has been tipped to weigh 434 grams).

In terms of connectivity, the tablet offers options like dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth, LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps), USB 3.1 Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and more. It houses a 6,000mAh battery with support for Adaptive Fast Charging technology.

The tablet reportedly features a front-facing home button embedded with fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the device. MySmartPrice also reports that the tablet will feature four AKG-tuned loudspeakers (two at top and two at bottom of the device when held upright).

As per the MySmartPrice report, the keyboard accessory by Samsung connects to the tablet by pogo pins and will not be bundled with the device but sold separately.

In the meanwhile, MSPowerUser has some additional details to share about the Samsung Galaxy Book that was leaked earlier this week. The publication tips it will come with LTE support, and sport a 10.2-inch AMOLED display. Its also said to bring Air Command support for the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Render Leaked; Tips Official Keyboard Accessory

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Render Leaked; Tips Official Keyboard Accessory

Photo Credit: Image: Evan Blass/ Twitter

Highlights

  • Keyboard accessory looks similar to iPad Pros Smart Keyboard
  • Render suggests there will be an LTE variant of the tablet
  • The leaked render suggests tablet will have Samsung Notes app

Samsungs upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, which was recently leaked in live images and is expected to be launched on Sunday at MWC 2017, has now been leaked in a render image. Even though the newly leaked render suggests that the device will be similar to the one that was earlier spotted in live images, another notable addition that can be seen is a keyboard accessory.

The new render, leaked by famous tipster Evan Blass, shows the upcoming tablet in landscape mode with a keyboard accessory that looks similar to the Surface Type Cover or the iPad Pros Smart Keyboard. As there has been no information that suggests the Samsung tablet will come with a smart connector like iPad Pro, it is likely to connect via Bluetooth.

Another noteworthy feature that can be seen in the new renders is the Samsung Notes app, which came first with Galaxy Note 7. The presence of this app indicates that the tablet might come with companys S-Pen as well. The render further suggests that there will be an LTE variant of the tablet available as well.

The devices screen in the render shows date April 4, which can potentially be the release date for the tablet but it will still be a be a little far-fetched conclusion that can be made from the render.

As we mentioned, Samsung has scheduled a pre-MWC 2017 event for Sunday in Barcelona, which is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET – 11:30pm IST.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017; Samsung Galaxy Book Spotted

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Images Leak Ahead of MWC 2017; Samsung Galaxy Book Spotted

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Highlights

  • Galaxy Tab S3 expected to launch at the companys Sunday launch
  • The launch event will be held at the side-lines of MWC 2017
  • Galaxy Tab S3 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab S2

Samsungs Galaxy Tab S3 tablet which is rumoured to launch on Sunday has been leaked in live images. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 reportedly passed federal certification in Taiwan recently, and a publication obtained images of the unannounced tablet. Separately, details of a Windows-based device called the Samsung Galaxy Book have made their way to the Internet.

According to the leaked live images, the Galaxy Tab S3 will feature glass and metal build. The live images indicate that the Galaxy Tab S3 may look very similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2. Further, the South Korean giant is rumoured to launch only the Wi-Fi variant of the tablet in Taiwan, as per the certification listing. The certification site shows Galaxy Tab S3 may come with model number SM-T820.

The Galaxy Tab S3 has been leaked in the past and it is widely expected to be priced around $580 (roughly Rs. 39,000) and support S Pen with stylus-based functionalities. The Galaxy Tab S3 is rumoured to come in just 9.7-inch model. To recall, Samsung launched two Galaxy Tab S2 tablets featuring 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays in 2015. Other rumoured details of the Galaxy Tab S3 include 32GB inbuilt storage and come with 4G with support for Cat. 6 LTE download speeds. The tablet is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and come with 4GB of RAM. The tablet is likely to sport a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It is expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and come with a 5-megapixel front camera.

According to Samsungs official invite, the launch event on Sunday is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) and will be live streamed at www.samsung.com/galaxy.

Additionally, Samsung is rumoured to be working on a Windows 10-based device called the Samsung Galaxy Book. A new app has surfaced in the Windows Store that indicates the existence of the new Samsung device. MSPoweruser spotted the app first and adds that the alleged Galaxy Book is said to come with stylus support alongside AMOLED screen. The app description reads,

“Install Book Settings which includes Battery Life Extender, Screen mode, Pattern Log-in, User manual, and other Samsung features. Book Settings is an application for Galaxy Book. It may not function normally on other devices.” MSPoweruser further adds that the South Korean company indeed has a trademark for the name Samsung Galaxy Book.

Apple Dominated Shrinking Tablet Market in 2016, Amazon Doubled Sales: Trendforce

Apple Dominated Shrinking Tablet Market in 2016, Amazon Doubled Sales: Trendforce

Highlights

  • Apple managed to ship 42.5 million iPad units in 2016
  • Samsung managed to ship 27 million tablets
  • Amazon increased sales by 99.4 million by selling 11 million tablets

Global sales of tablets continue to dip, and Apples iPad saw a similar downward trend. The overall Apple tablet sales figures saw a decline of 14.1 percent, while the overall tablet shipments saw a decline of 6.6 percent in total tablet shipments. Even though shipments reduced, Apple still retained its top spot in overall sales, with Samsung taking the second position in overall tablet shipments globally.

CNET sites a Trendforce report to state that Apple managed to ship 42.5 million iPad units, while Samsung managed 27 million shipments in 2016. This downward trend is expected to continue into 2017 as well, and Apples shipments are predicted to be only at 39.3 million, while Samsung will manage to ship only 24.8 million units, according to Trendforce.

The big winner here was Amazon, which managed to increase tablet sales by 99.4 percent, selling over 11 million Fire tablets in 2016. Furthermore, unlike Apple and Samsung, Amazon will see a boost in tablet sales in 2017 as well, and is predicted to ship 11.5 million units. Lenovo also saw a 12.3 percent growth in sales with 10.9 million units shipped in 2016.

TrendForce analyst Anita Wang said that majority of the tablet brands showed a decline in sales, and Apple managed to retain its top spot only because of strong sales during the holiday period. She further said that Apple will look to refresh its iPad line-up in 2017, and Wang predicts an economically priced 9.7-inch model, a 12.9-inch model and a 10.5-inch model. This is in line with KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo predictions, as he also claimed that Apple will look to introduce three new iPad models in the second quarter.

Analysts have predicted in the past that the slump in tablet sales is due to the slow refresh cycle, and users looking at alternatives to the large screen device. IDC analysts said that increasing number of users are shifting to large smartphones, or to lightweight PCs, some of which have detachable keyboards.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Price, Specifications, More Leaked Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Price, Specifications, More Leaked Ahead of MWC 2017 Launch

Highlights

  • Galaxy Tab S3 rumoured to be priced at $580
  • The tablet is expected to support S Pen
  • Galaxy Tab S3 expected to be unveiled at February 26 event

Samsungs launch event on February 26 at the MWC 2017 trade show later this month is widely expected to see the launch of a new tablet. Now, new details about the unannounced tablet have surfaced alongside an alleged image showing the tablet.

According to Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, widely rumoured to be the successor to the Galaxy Tab S2, will be priced around $580 (roughly Rs. 39,000). The image shared by Quandt also claims that the Galaxy Tab S3 will feature S Pen which means it will sport all stylus-based functionalities. As per the details shared by Quandt, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will come in just 9.7-inch model. To recall, Samsung launched two Galaxy Tab S2 tablets featuring 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays in 2015.

Other rumoured details suggest that the Galaxy Tab S3 will come with 32GB onboard storage and will support 4G with support for Cat. 6 LTE download speeds. The tablet is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and come with 4GB of RAM. The tablet is likely to sport a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It is expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and come with a 5-megapixel front camera.

Further, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is rumoured to run Android Nougat out-of-the-box. One of the highlights of the tablet is said to be its 5.6mm thickness. Both the Galaxy Tab S2 8 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 tablets measured just 5.6mm thin, which was the highlight of the tablets. The tablet is said to go on sale in South Korea from March.

According to the official Samsung invite, the event will be held on February 26 just ahead of the MWC 2017 trade show that kicks off a day later. The launch event on February 26 is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) and will be live streamed at www.samsung.com/galaxy.

In separate news, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is being reportedly tested with Android Nougat build. GSMArena has spotted the Galaxy Tab S2 on benchmark running Android 7.0 Nougat which may mean that the update for the tablet may be released soon.

Apple Keeps Lead in Slumping Tablet Market, Say IDC and Strategy Analytics

Apple Keeps Lead in Slumping Tablet Market, Say IDC and Strategy Analytics

Highlights

  • Tablet sales fell 20 percent from a year earlier to 52.9 million units
  • Apple reported it sold 13.1 million of its iPads in the fourth quarter
  • Samsung was the number-two vendor with more than 8 million tablets sold

Apple remains the leader in a global tablet computer market that has been in an extended slump for the past two years, according to surveys released Thursday.

Tablet sales in the fourth quarter fell 20 percent from a year earlier to 52.9 million units, according to the research firm IDC. A separate survey by Strategy Analytics said sales slumped nine percent to 63.5 million.

IDC analysts said overall 2016 sales fell 15.6 percent to 178.4 million units, in a second consecutive annual decline following a period of sizzling growth.

The analysts said many consumers are moving away from the “slate” tablets to more versatile devices with detachable keyboards, which may be categorised as either tablets or PCs.

“The sentiment around the tablet market continues to grow stale despite a lot of talk about vendors pivoting their product portfolios toward the detachable segment,” IDCs Ryan Reith said.

“Typical tablets without a dedicated keyboard, which IDC refers to as slate tablets, are continuing to lose relevancy across all regions and, as a result, we see the decline happening globally.”

Apple this week reported it sold 13.1 million of its iPads in the fourth quarter, a drop of nearly 19 percent from a year ago, but enough to lead the category.

According to IDC, Apple and the iPad held 24.7 percent of the market, while Strategy Analytics estimated its market share at 20.6 percent.

Samsung was the number-two vendor with more than eight million tablets sold.

IDC estimated Amazon sold 5.2 million of its Fire tablets to lift its market share to nearly 10 percent. But Strategy Analytics figures show Amazon selling 4.2 million units for a 6.7 percent share.

Amazon does not disclose sales figures for its devices.

Strategy Analytics said in its report that Amazons low-cost devices, which sell for as little as $49, have had some success “reaching a broad range of consumers looking for an entertainment tablet with key content tie-ins to the growing Amazon ecosystem.”

The other manufacturers in the top five were China-based Lenovo and Huawei, according to the surveys.

Sales of Windows-powered tablets grew 19 percent from a year ago and accounted for 16 percent of the market, according to Strategy Analytics.

Strategy Analytics analyst Eric Smith said Microsoft, with its Surface family of devices, is the largest vendor in the Windows segment with about 15 percent, but that its partners – including Lenovo, Asus, Dell, and HP – sell the majority of Windows tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Expected to Launch on February 26 at MWC 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Expected to Launch on February 26 at MWC 2017

Highlights

  • Galaxy Tab S3 expected to debut at Samsungs February 26 event
  • The new tablet rumoured to launch first in South Korea
  • Galaxy Tab S3 likely to be priced at $600 (roughly Rs. 41,000)

Samsung has finally confirmed its presence at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona later this month, but dont expect the Galaxy S8. The South Korean company had previously hinted that it may give MWC event a miss entirely. The company has shared a teaser image that seemingly confirms the launch of a tablet at the event.

According to the official Samsung invite, the event will be held on February 26 just ahead of the MWC 2017 trade show that kicks off a day later. The launch event on February 26 is scheduled to begin at 7pm CET (11:30pm IST) and will be live streamed at www.samsung.com/galaxy. The teaser image shared by Samsung shows a physical home button just below the display and appears similar to the Galaxy Tab S2 which was unveiled in 2015.

Within hours of Samsung sharing a teaser image for the launch of a tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3, widely rumoured to be the successor to the Galaxy Tab S2, has been leaked.

According to leaked details, the Samsung tablet will feature a 9.7-inch display and will sport a screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Under the hood, the tablet is said to pack a Snapdragon 820 SoC and come with 4GB of RAM. Further, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is rumoured to run Android Nougat out-of-the-box. One of the highlights of the tablet is said to be its 5.6mm thickness. The upcoming Samsung tablet is likely to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and come in both Wi-Fi and LTE models. For pricing, the report says Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will launch at around $600 (roughly Rs. 41,000) in South Korea and will go on sale in March.

To recall, Samsung launched two Galaxy Tab S2 tablets featuring 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays in 2015. Both versions of the Galaxy Tab S2 were marketed as the “thinnest and lightest” tablet of their size. Both the Galaxy Tab S2 8 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 tablets measured just 5.6mm thin, which was the highlight of the tablets.