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A review of the flagship Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Обзор флагманского планшета Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

After several years of rapid growth, the tablet market was saturated and stopped. At most, now in decent numbers produced low-cost model comes from China. A-brands are mostly limited to a very small upgrade their lines annually or even less frequently. This is enough given that I buy or change the old tablet is rarely. I personally know several owners of the iPad 2, which was released in 2011. I am the owner of an Android tablet of 2014 and for web surfing or watching movies on the road its more than enough. It is also understood and new flagship tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes out after about a year and a half after the previous Galaxy Tab S2. Let’s see what happened.

What is it?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet with a 9.7-inch SuperAMOLED-display with a resolution of 2048×1536 (aspect ratio 4:3), a top Qualcomm processor, 4 GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell on Board.

Than it is interesting?

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Technology that was originally implemented in TVs gradually move to mobile devices: a SuperAMOLED screen Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 supports extended dynamic range HDR. The tablet supports pen input a La the line Note. That is not just a capacitive stylus, and a complete solution with the detection angle and pressing force, which really can draw. The S Pen has a tip with a thickness of 0.7 mm and can recognize up to 4096 levels of pressure. Moreover, according to the announcement, the S Pen will be bundled with a tablet, the truth to hide in case he can’t, because its thickness is closer to a ballpoint pen, the thickness of the tablet is only 6 mm. Samsung continues to work with AKG on the part of the sound and the tablet has four dynamics, the development of which the latter had something to do. Inside mounted Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 820, which needs no introduction, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory plus a MicroSD card slot.

Looks like?

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The tablet is stylistically similar to the smartphones of the company in recent years. More precisely — with a flagship and A-line. The entire front and rear panels are made of glass and metal frame. Will be available in two variants: classic black, with a gray backplate and the frame. Above the screen are sensors, front camera and the Samsung logo. Under the screen touch button to call recent apps and back, between which the mechanical Home button with fingerprint scanner:

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On the right side in order from top to bottom: power button, pairing button, volume control, two microphone holes and the tray. Button is metal and the whole frame, they are good to the touch and clearly pressed. Fitted well, not loose:

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There are two versions of the tablet, both will be available in Ukraine. Wi-Fi version, which will only support MicroSD and LTE version with support for mobile networks. It is just we have to review, the tray is as follows:

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On the lower end of the symmetric connector USB Type-C standard headphone Jack and two speakers grille:

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On the left side — the magnetic contacts for the connection of keyboard cover:

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At the top end — two dynamics:

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The rear panel is made of glass. Looks expensive, but the prints collects abundantly. I think grey was more practical:

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In the upper portion of the rear panel main camera with led flash. Below the Samsung logo. In the commercial versions will be even from the bottom of the logo AKG:

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Build, materials and appearance of the tablet, everything is in order. The only caveat — the glass collects fingerprints and most demanding aesthetes should stock up on microfiber for cleaning. Plus glass can be broken, so that for transport it would be nice to get a case. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 slim and lightweight, making it no problem to hold in one hand. Four built-in speakers give a very decent sound and close them all by hand will not work, so while playing games or watching movies with the sound everything is always in order.

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As he had with the screen?

In the tablet installed the 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536, pixel density of 264 ppi. Use SuperAMOLED-matrix has support for HDR, although this is more for the future, because the content is not necessary. The oleophobic coating on the screen (exactly like on the rear panel) of decent quality that pleases in such a diagonal. The picture is rich, vivid colors, as befits a SuperAMOLED screen. With angles, everything is in order, the colors are not distorted, only slightly reduced maximum brightness:

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Supply of brightness is quite good, as for tablets. In the settings you can adjust the brightness, the scale of the screen font, select a display mode and turn on the blue filter to reduce the voltage on the eye:

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Measurements with a colorimeter showed quite expected for SuperAMOLED results. The measurements were carried out in the mode “basic”: maximum brightness — 331.406 CD/m2, brightness of the black field is 0 CD/m2and the contrast tends to infinity. There are four modes plus you can adjust the color balance:

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Screen otkalibrovani very good, although you can make color reproduction and more accurate (if desired/necessary). There is a small bias in cool colors, color temperature approaching 6500K 7500K at a reference:

There is a small lack of red and excess blue. Comparison with other models:


What about performance, memory, and autonomy?

Despite the fact that formally Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is one of the flagship processors last year, his power, and now with a margin enough for a stable and smooth operation of the interface applications all modern games, watch videos and surf the web. What else do you need from a modern tablet? However, he is not particularly hot even under heavy loads. As in modern smartphones Samsung, is utility Game Launcher, which contains all the installed games, it is possible to run without sound and/or notifications in the game:

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In Game Tools can take screenshots or videos of gameplay:

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The games themselves go smoothly without any brakes:

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The tablet comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, you can add a MicroSD card up to 256 GB. There are wireless modules Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS and Beidou, NFC is not only, although it is not as necessary in the tablet. For a wired connection using a symmetric USB Type-C to version 3.1. The tablet is powered from the internal battery at 6000 mAh, twist HD video online tablet can about 11 hours, which is quite good, although the frequency of charging in this case will very much depend on the usage scenario. It can be surfing the web and YouTube for viewing TV shows and games on the road, for example.


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The tablet is a 64-bit 14-nanometer processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with four custom Kryo cores clocked at 2.15 GHz and a graphics accelerator Adreno 530. RAM — 4 GB. Below are the results in synthetic tests, but they — only the General and approximate understanding. We have to review was a prototype with far from final versions of IOS with automatic Debug logs and so on, so that the results of the commercial sample may differ:


How easy is the interface?

The tablet runs on Android OS 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell. As already written above, the firmware is far from final and details to consider it would not be quite correct. Overall, it is in the spirit of all the latest skins Samsung in the flagship devices with a lot of useful chips. The settings menu has a familiar logic and a minimalist appearance. Of useful chips on the bottom of most sections there are tips “Looking for something?”, which at times are very helpful:

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The shell maintains desktops, widgets and a separate apps menu with search and sorting:

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Blind is done accurately and conveniently. The switches are placed on two horizontal tabs that is separately adjust the brightness, search, and access the settings:

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There are lots of extra features and software for use with proprietary S Pen stylus, but to use them did not work in the absence of the S Pen. Supported multi mode, which is convenient given the large diagonal of the screen:

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Settings lock fingerprint standard:

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And their registration (the only thing at the final stage it is proposed to put the finger at different angles for a more accurate reading):

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Standard application Manager Samsung with the ability to switch applications in windowed mode:

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The size of the app is configured:

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Also the movement from the corner of the screen you can switch between a standalone application in windowed mode and adjust the size:

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There is a proprietary tool for cleaning RAM, internal memory and the saving mode battery:

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How are things with the camera?

The main camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels, has autofocus, aperture — f/1.9, supports video recording in UHD (3840×2160) @ 30fps. Front — 5 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture and a fixed focal length. The interface is standard and straightforward, there are filters, various shooting modes. The only negative — HDR not rendered on the main screen:

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Of course, this is not a top smart phone with a flagship camera, and use a 10-inch tablet for photography — it is doubtful, but fotografii out very decent:

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The bottom line

Any special weaknesses the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 no (except that the impressive price tag), so if you believe that it is necessary to acquire a new or replace an old Android tablet, the look definitely worth. It features high-quality, large screen and powerful innards, which is to reserve enough for any task in the foreseeable future. It’s thin, light and well built, equipped with four high-quality speakers, fresh Android OS 7.0 Nougat with functional shell and decent battery life. A nice bonus — a proprietary stylus S Pen included, which is functionally interesting and quite suitable to create some sketches and drawings.

5 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S3:

  • Quality display;
  • good build and materials of the housing;
  • high performance;
  • the included S Pen stylus with recognition 4096 levels of pressure and proprietary software;
  • loud external speakers.

1 reason not to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S3:

  • high cost.
Technical specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Display SuperAMOLED, 9.7 inch, 2048×1536 264 ppi
Case dimensions 237.3×169.0x6.0 mm, weight 429/434 g (Wi-Fi/LTE)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2xKryo 2xKryo 1.6 GHz and 2.15 GHz, graphics Adreno 530
RAM 4 GB
Flash memory 32 GB + MicroSD up to 256 GB
Camera 13 MP, f/1.9, auto focus, flash, front camera 5 MP, f/2.2, focus fiksirovanniy
Wireless technology Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE (optional)
GPS There
Battery 6000 mAh
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat
Sim card optional
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