Samsung unveils TWO new tablet devices, but the launch is almost upstaged by protesters

  • Samsung revealed the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Book
  • The devices are the first products launched since the exploding Note 7 fiasco
  • At the press launch, a protester stormed the stage appearing to be protesting the issues with the exploding phone
  • Samsung also revealed that the Galaxy S8 will be revealed on March 29 

Samsung has unveiled two new tablets – the Galaxy Tab S3, and a laptop-tablet hybrid called the Samsung Galaxy Book.

Debuting the new devices at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, the announcements mark one of Samsung’s first major product launches since last year’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

But at the launch, protesters threatened to steal the limelight, as a mysterious man appeared on stage with a banner protesting the exploding phones.  

Samsung has unveiled two new tablets - the Galaxy Tab S3, and a laptop-tablet hybrid called the Samsung Galaxy Book (pictured)

Samsung has unveiled two new tablets – the Galaxy Tab S3, and a laptop-tablet hybrid called the Samsung Galaxy Book (pictured)

GALAXY TAB S3  

Display: 9.7 inch Super AMOLED QXGA (2048×1536)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Memory: 4GB + 32GB, microSD up to 256GB

Camera: 13MP AF + 5.0MP, Flash    

Dimensions: 237.3 x 169.0 x 6.0mm 429g(Wi-Fi) / 434g(LTE)

Battery Capacity: 6,000mAh, Fast Charging

OS: Android 7.0 

During the launch, the man climbed on stage, holding a sign which showed a recycling image around the Galaxy Note 7 logo, interrupting David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung’s speech.

The protester was quickly removed from the stage, allowing Mr Lowes to introduce the new devices.  

The first, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, is a direct rival to Apple’s iPad Pro, featuring an identical 9.7-inch form factor.

The other, the Samsung Galaxy Book, features a work and play friendly 2-in-1 design that will see it go head-to-head with the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which is available in both black and silver colour options, pairs a new glass-backed, metal-edged high-end design with an impressive collection of specs.

Powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, the tablet hosts 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB with the use of a microSD card.

Echoing the iPad Pro, the Galaxy Tab S3 features cameras both front and back, with a 13-megapixel primary camera landing alongside a 5-megapixel front-facing offering for sharper selfies and video calls.

With a 9.7-inch, HDR-enhanced Super AMOLED display offering a bright, detailed 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the tablet, which is a mere 6.0mm thick and looks like the Galaxy S7 smartphone, is finished with a massive 6,000mAh battery that’s good for 10 hours of heavy use.

But at the launch, protesters threatened to steal the limelight, as a mysterious man appeared on stage with a banner protesting the exploding phones

But at the launch, protesters threatened to steal the limelight, as a mysterious man appeared on stage with a banner protesting the exploding phones

‘If your tablet can service one particular use case better than any other device, it’ll remain important,’ Brandon Jung, Samsung’s Senior Director of Technology Planning at Samsung Mobile said in response to an industry wide decline in tablet sales.

‘If we can provide a far better entertainment experience with tablet, people are still willing to buy them.’

Discussing the tablet’s Galaxy S7 echoing design, he added: ‘It’s not just about the beautiful design, it’s about versatility.’

The Samsung Galaxy Book features a work and play friendly 2-in-1 design allowing you to use it with or without a keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy Book features a work and play friendly 2-in-1 design allowing you to use it with or without a keyboard

‘For the first time in the industry, we decided to add a full glass back design. It looks brilliant, gorgeous. There’s now a signature Samsung identity between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.’

Unlike the single form of the Galaxy Tab S3, the Samsung Galaxy Book comes in two sizes, with a 10.6-inch model lining up alongside a 12-inch device.

Both come boxed with an attachable keyboard with integrated track pad, making it easier for users to complete work tasks on the move and essentially making the slates full laptop replacements.

Both new devices work with the company's new S-Pen stylus, a boxed accessory that allows for more detailed on-device drawing and accurate annotations thanks to 4096 levels of pressure and a new, ultra fine 0.7mm rubber tip

Both new devices work with the company’s new S-Pen stylus, a boxed accessory that allows for more detailed on-device drawing and accurate annotations thanks to 4096 levels of pressure and a new, ultra fine 0.7mm rubber tip

Mark Notton, Head of Product Management at Samsung, is pictured holding the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at the launch event

Mark Notton, Head of Product Management at Samsung, is pictured holding the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at the launch event

The 12-inch model is the top spec offering, with a 2160 x 1440p HD resolution and Intel’s powerful 7th generation Core i5 processor present alongside the ability to record 4K video and the option of a massive 8GB of RAM.

Both new devices work with the company’s new S-Pen stylus, a boxed accessory that allows for more detailed on-device drawing and accurate annotations thanks to 4096 levels of pressure and a new, ultra fine 0.7mm rubber tip. 

‘The S-Pen is now not embedded into the device, but it is a decent size,’ said Mr Jung.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, is a direct rival to Apple's iPad Pro, featuring an identical 9.7-inch form

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, is a direct rival to Apple’s iPad Pro, featuring an identical 9.7-inch form

David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung, was at the middle of his speech when the protester stormed the stage

David Lowes, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung, was at the middle of his speech when the protester stormed the stage

Discussing the benefits of the remodelled accessory, he added: ‘It is battery free so you don’t have to worry about it running out of battery and you can just use it straight out of the box.’

Despite having been officially unveiled, pricing for the two devices has yet to be confirmed.

Samsung also revealed that its long-awaited Galaxy S8 device will be revealed at an event in New York on March 29.

The S-Pen is battery free so you don't have to worry about it running out of a battery and can use it straight from the box

The S-Pen is battery free so you don’t have to worry about it running out of a battery and can use it straight from the box

 

 

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