With smartphone screens getting greater every year, manufacturers have been slow back to report new tablets. Gratefully, Samsung has finished the drought with the Galaxy Tab S3, the successor to the Tab S2 which was reported in 2015.
Interestingly, Samsung has released the Tab S3 in just a single size rather than two . So the Tab S3 is just accessible with a 9.7in screen which is more suited for media using and work.
One of Samsung’s strengths is the screen and it shows on the Tab S3. The screen is stunning and incredible for watching videos and review images, and it now even backings HDR.
In any case, some may discover the colours excessively punchy yet there is a choice to tone it down under show settings.
For the most part made of glass, the Tab S3 deserves the premium label. It’s comfortable to hold, as it has curved edges and an ample bezel. At only 6mm thick and weighing 429g, you won’t have issues holding the tablet for extended periods.
The review unit came with Samsung’s Book Cover which is sold separately for RM199. The flip case connects to the back of the gadget with magnets, so it is hassle-free to use. Even with the casing on, the device does not gain much in terms of weight or thickness.
There is also a optional keyboard cover for the individuals who are thinking using the gadget for efficiency purposes.
In typical Samsung fashion, the Tab S3 has a physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor for security purposes. With the move far from the physical button in the recently launched Galaxy S8 smartphone, this could be Samsung’s last flagship tablet with a physical Home button.
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In the audio department, the Tab S3 is equipped with “quad stereo” AKG speakers tuned by Harman. when held in landscape mode, you’ll have two speakers on each side – I had no issues with the volume and clarity, but I would have favored the speakers to be front facing.
The Tab S3 accompanies 32GB of inside capacity which is average. On the off chance that that isn’t sufficient, you can simply include a microSD card for more space.
Under the hood
The Tab S3 comes a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, and keeps running on Android 7.0 (Nougat). Samsung has, obviously, included its TouchWiz user interface, which has steadily improved over the years and is now user friendly and useful.
Samsung has also cut down on the quantity of pre-installed applications to reduce the bloat. Beside a few importants and customary Google apps, you will only find some Microsoft apps and a handful of Samsung apps upon first booting up the device.
We tested the Tab S3’s gaming capabilities with an variety of well known games, including Super Mario Run, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2. It dealt with every one of the games with ease and did not exhibit any slowdowns at all, not even when I tried the graphics- intensive War Machines Tank Shooter Game.
The gadget heated up slightly after extended gameplay, but never to the point where it became a cause for concern.
Samsung has a floating gaming device that shows up when playing games that can, among other things, silence all notifications, disable the soft keys and record a video of the game. It will also compile all your games in one folder for easy access.
With a 6,000mAh battery, the Tab S3 should to have the capacity to give you an entire day of using ease. I managed out how to get around 20 hours of standby time with six hours of actively using the tablet, including over four hours of heavy gaming.
The Tab S3 has a USB Type C port that backings quick charging – the Tab S3 reached full charge from 15% before two hours.
The S Pen stylus that comes in the box with the Tab S3 is greater and thicker than the past renditions found on the Galaxy Note series. It’s about the size of a regular pen so it feels natural to hold and is comfortable to use for prolonged periods.
The main drawback is that you can’t join the stylus to the tablet, so you need to carry it around separately. This should not be a problem for those who use Samsung’s official casings, as they have a holder for the stylus.
It may not look pretty and it takes away a portion of the casing’s flexibility, but it does it commendable job of keeping the stylus safe as you move about.
The tip of the S Pen is just 0.7mm thick which makes it more precise for writing. The pre-installed Samsung Notes app is an incredible way to show the S Pen’s capacities.
I was particularly impressed with the option to use a brush as the information strategy. I felt like a kid who has just discovered watercolour painting again, as overlapping different colours in the app will cause them to mix, just like the actual thing.
For somebody like me who has not touched a brush ever since art class in secondary school, this was fun, yet in the hands of a more artistic person, the S Pen could turn out to be an important tool.
Also, as the tablet is fit for recognising 4,096 levels of weight from the S Pen, different strokes will give diverse results.
Multitasking capabilities is generally an important factor for those who purchase a tablet, particularly if it is for profitability purposes. The Tab S3 achieves this using the multi-window feature that has been a tradition with Samsung devices as far back as the Note 2.
The Tab S3 gloats a 13-megapixel main camera. However, as with most tablets, the photos didn’t turn out great as they were a bit soft. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera, on the other hand, is good for video calls and the occasional selfie.
Like its predecessors, the Tab S3 is an extraordinary choice for those who want an Android tablet with a great deal of firepower. It’s extraordinary for leisure and work, and is more versatile than ever as it comes with an S Pen.
If you are getting the tablet, we also recommend buying the Book Case for keeping the S Pen safe.
Pros : Feature-packed; amazing screen; gets the handy S Pen.
Cons : Camera could be better; no holder for S Pen without casing.
Galaxy Tab S3 :
Network : 4G LTE
Operating system : Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor : Quad-core Snapdragon 820 (2 x 2.15GHz Kryo + 2 x 1.6GHz Kryo)
Display : 9.7in (1,536 x 2,048 pixels)
Camera : 13 megapixels (rear), 5 megapixels (front)
Connectivity : Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Memory : 32GB internal memory; 4GB RAM
Expansion slot : MicroSD (up to 256GB supported)
Features : S Pen, GPS, multi window; fingerprint sensor
Battery : 6,000mAh
Dimensions (W x D x H) : 237.3 x 169 x 6mm
Weight : 429g
Price : RM2,999
Rating : Four stars