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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 - Our first double with a new Android tablet

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The new tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, is the response of Samsung to the iPad Pro device, pre-orders started on March 17 with a price of $ 600 ($ 35,000).

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Two years have passed since the release of the Samsung GalaxyTab S2, one of the best Android tablets you can buy, and Samsung finally replaces it with a new model. The Galaxy Tab S3 debuted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26, and while it’s full of new and unexpected features, we’re surprised by the fact that Samsung’s latest premium tablet and how new it is to type with its new keyboards.

We spent an hour or so to try out the new tablet, below is described everything that we learned about the new 10-inch tablet, which will keep up with the iPad Pro.

When will the Galaxy Tab S3?

Samsung did not initially report how many GalaxyTab S3 will cost, before the release date. Preliminary orders began on March 17 through Samsung’s own online store, along with Amazon, at a price of $ 600 (35,000 rubles). March 24 - release date, the next day the cover-keyboard will be available at a price of $ 130 (7.600 rubles). The case of the keyboard cover is available in several colors, but the tablet is only available in silver and black.

Glass and metal tablet with four speakers

Samsung Galaxy Phones are known for theirglass and metal structures, and this has finally become an attribute for the Galaxy tablet. The entire front and back of the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is made of glass with a black and silver background color, depending on the choice of color tablet. The glass is enclosed in a metal frame, which gives some stability to the structure if you drop the device.

Galaxy Tab S3 is quite comfortable to hold in your hand. If you've ever held an iPad, it's almost the same feeling; the glass on the back is cool to the touch, except that it quickly collects any fingerprints. We'll have to wipe the tablet several times after photographing something on his camera. Every time we touched him, we left a mark. We can only say that it is not worse than the glass Galaxy S6 or S7 smartphones, or many other glass phones on the market.

The button layout is convenient and standard for S3. The power and volume buttons are located on the right side with a microSD memory card slot, at the bottom you will find the headphone jack and the new USB Type-C port for charging. Many phones and personal computers are starting to replace Micro USB and standard USB ports with USB Type-C, so it's nice that Samsung thinks ahead in this area.

And finally, like the iPad Pro, the Tab S3 also hasa fingerprint scanner in the Home button at the bottom and four speakers (Harman AKG), one at each corner. The speaker system sounds very good, it allows you to get stereo sound no matter how you hold the tablet. You should appreciate the quad of the speakers of the speaker system, this tablet is ideal for watching movies.

The beauty of AMOLED HDR

Samsung does not save on the Tab S3 screen. Watching movies is one of the most popular things people use tablets for, and the new Galaxy Tab S3 can outperform the iPad in this area. S3 has an HDR screen (although we still don’t know exactly which HDR it supports), and Samsung’s AMOLED screen shines colorfully when watching videos. We observed several scenes from western movies, the difference in brightness and contrast between HDR and non-HDR scenes was very noticeable.

But even if you don’t watch HDR movies, the screenSamsung Galaxy Tab S3 is still great. Because it is AMOLED, the colors are especially bright and whenever you see black on the screen, it is as dark as possible. Unlike the iPad screen (or any LCD screen), AMOLED allows you to turn off individual pixels when necessary. It's great.

A huge plus for Samsung, which was able to spend a lot of time and money to make the best AMOLED screen for a tablet.

Comfortable keyboard and S-Pen included

The keyboard is not included in the Galaxy Tab S3, butYou can purchase one of the proposed color options (will cost $ 100 or so). Although it is cramped, like a netbook keyboard, we were able to instantly connect it and immediately start typing. As in the Microsoft Surface tablets, the keys are island-style, have depth and good feedback.

Keyboard Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 does not force youmess with Bluetooth sync to make it work. It is simply fixed to the bottom and works. The only drawback is that it has only two viewing angles, a little difficult to use on your lap if you are in a confined space.

Samsung included a stylus with Galaxy Tab S3S-Pen, which is nice. The new S-Pen is thicker, about as thick as a pencil, has a soft rubber coating. The stylus can do everything that the S-Pen can on Galaxy Note devices, it has the functions of additional sensitivity to pressure and tilt, which digital artists will enjoy. In Photoshop, for example, you can draw with angular strokes.

The only drawback of the S-Pen stylus is that you are likely to lose it. In Tab S3 there is no slot or compartment to attach it to the tablet. Watch this, my friend!

Powerful enough for a tablet

When it comes to practicaluse, the Galaxy Tab S3 is comparable in power to the iPad. It has a 9.7-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a 13-megapixel rear-view camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. There are already mentioned two speakers at the top and two below, like Apple's iPad Pro, as well as a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C connector.

Inside, Samsung packaged 2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, there is also a slot for MicroSD cards, if you need more space. The Snapdragon 820 is a good processor, but it’s already two years old, now it’s no longer a premium.

There is also an option with LTE, if you pay a little more to avoid paying for services over Wi-Fi.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets a new versionAndroid 7 Nougat, with all standard add-ons and applications from Samsung. Via Samsung Flow, the tablet can interact with the Galaxy phone, if you have one. The utility allows you to automatically bind and respond to messages more smoothly between devices.

We are not sure yet about the battery life and we believe that it will be within 8-10 hours for an existing 6,000 mAh battery. If nothing changes, you should expect quite a long battery life.


Apple does not deserve a monopoly in the markettablets, and we are pleased that Samsung is still planning to fight the overwhelming dominance of the iPad. Overall, we are impressed with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet, which looks and is the best alternative to the iPad Pro.


  • Gorgeous AMOLED screen
  • Beautiful glass-metal construction
  • Convenient keyboard mounts
  • Decent 13-megapixel rear camera
  • S-Pen included


  • Maybe expensive
  • 2 year old processor
  • The keyboard is an addition

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