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Under the spotlight: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

by PhilippeDid you know...05/04/2017

Under the spotlight: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The arrival of the Tab S3 at the end of March offers a sexy, powerful alternative to the iPad, but based on Android.

Given the huge range of tablets available, choosing your ideal device is not easy. We take a look to see whether the Samsung newcomer is a worthy challenger for Apple.

Design

The Galaxy Tab S3 tablet has a very slim metal casing barely 6 mm thick. An extending S-Pen stylus also comes as standard. You use it to write and draw, rather than typing. 

If you can afford to spend a little more, the tablet can be easily converted into a netbook by attaching a Bluetooth keyboard. 

The Tab S3 comes in white and black and weighs 429 or 434 grams, depending on whether you choose the version with Wi-Fi or with mobile Internet via a SIM card. If you wish, you can connect the version without a SIM card to the Internet via your smartphone when you are out and about.

Screen

Samsung went for the 9.7-inch format with a screen ratio of 4:3. When you watch films, there is a narrow black border at the top and bottom. 

However, thanks to Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, the images have a very high contrast and pitch-black reproduction. With a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, letters are sharply focused and clearly legible.

Camera

The tablet has two cameras. You can take photos or film using the 13-megapixel camera on the back. This camera has an LED flash and supports autofocus for crisp photos, even when the light is poor.

An extra 5-megapixel Selfie Cam with Full HD videoconferencing support is built into the front. Handy if you want to consult colleagues and customers face to face when you’re out and about or travelling.

Battery

The built-in battery has a capacity of 6000 mAh. So with normal use, the device will easily last for 12 hours. The charger has a USB type C-connection with a fast-charge function: Adaptive Fast Charge. One disadvantage is that you cannot remove and replace the battery yourself. 

Multimedia and games

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 works with Android Nougat, the latest version of the operating system. Running several applications at the same time in separate windows is a piece of cake.

What is more, you can set the clock speed of the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad core processor yourself. It works fastest in ‘Gamer mode’, resulting in a shorter battery time but clearly better performance. Incoming messages are ignored in this mode so that you can carry on working in graphic applications, for instance, undisturbed. Or playing a game, of course.

The big 4-gigabyte RAM memory also ensures impeccable performance. And if 32 GB built-in storage is not enough for your photos and apps, a microSD slot that can take cards up to 256 GB resolves the problem. So you can go on filming and taking photos virtually without limit.

Finally, Samsung is very proud of the four built-in loudspeakers (one in each corner), which provide a particularly good sound. Depending on whether you hold the table vertically or horizontally, the stereo signal follows that position.

In short…

If you’re thinking of getting a new tablet, be sure to check out the possibilities of the brand-new Galaxy Tab S3. This Samsung device has all it takes to make things very difficult for the Apple iPad. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

"The Galaxy Tab S3 has all it takes to make things very difficult for the Apple iPad."

8/10

Pros:
  • Fingerprint sensor for user-friendly protection
  • Multifunctional thanks to optional keyboard and handy S-Pen
  • Multitasking support (several apps next to one another)
Cons:
  • No waterproof casing
  • Fixed battery (you can’t replace it yourself)

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