Samsung may not have the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, but it does have at least one Android device to announce. The Galaxy Tab S3 is a 9.7-inch tablet that is clearly designed for media consumption; especially with its AKG tuned quad-speaker setup.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the Galaxy Tab S3 is no slouch in terms of hardware. The SoC is paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB). Powering it is a 6,000mAh battery that promises 12 hours of video playback. This is complemented with a fast charging feature that is becoming increasingly common on mobile devices.
Entertainment is the name of the game when it comes to the Galaxy Tab S3. Each of the four speakers features a ‘auto rotate stereo’ capability, and will redirect sound based on the orientation of the tablet. Essentially, an auto-rotate feature for the sound system. The partnership with AKG doesn’t stop with the speakers. Samsung will also be including AKG tuned earphones with future devices as well.
Speaking of partnerships, Samsung also announced a partnership with Staedler. This has resulted in a new S Pen based on the popular Noris pencil.
The Galaxy Tab S3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, with Samsung usual suite of additions like Samsung Notes, Samsung Air Commands, and Samsung Flow. There’s a new game launcher that’s designed to help streamers get the most out of their Tab S3.
The launcher has options to help streamers get the most out of their battery life, as well as a ‘do not disturb’ mode that turns off notifications. Speaking of gaming, the Samsung Tab S3 also supports Nvidia’s Vulkan API for improved gaming performance.
It’s curious to see Samsung suddenly cater to game streaming. Then again, streaming is a massive market and it’s good to see a mobile device acknowledge the need for these features. Provided they work as advertised of course.