Samsung Galaxy Book & Tab S3 vs iPad Pro

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Book and Tab S3 at MWC 2017. These two 2-in-1 tablets come with improved S Pen and should interest artists looking for a digital sketchpad.

Here's the table comparing the specs of some of the latest tablets and 2-in-1s

Samsung Tab S3 Samsung Galaxy Book 10 Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Samsung TabPro S Apple iPad Pro Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Lenovo Miix 510
Screen size 9.7-inch 10.6-inch 12-inch 12-inch 9.7, 12.9-inch 12.3-inch 12.2-inch
Resolution 2048 × 1536 1920 x 1280 2160 x 1440 2160 x 1440 2048 x 1536, 2732 x 2048 2736 x 1824 1920 x 1200
Weight (without keyboard) 429g 640g 754g 693g 437g, 713g 786g 880g
Processor Snapdragon 820 Quad Core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz Intel m3, dual 2.6GHz Intel i5, dual 3.1GHz Intel m, dual 2.2Ghz A9X, dual 2.16Ghz Dual core 0.9Ghz - 3.4Ghz Dual core 2.3 - 3.1Ghz
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 2GB, 4GB 4 - 16GB 4 - 16GB
Storage 32GB 128 - 256GB 128 - 256GB 128 - 256GB 32 - 256gb 128GB - 1TB 128GB - 1TB
MicroSD storage up to 256GB up to 256GB up to 256GB up to 256GB NA up to 256GB NA
Stylus 2017 S Pen 2017 S Pen 2017 S Pen Capacitive stylus Apple Pencil Surface Pen Lenovo Active Pen
Ports USB Type C, MicroSD card slot USB Type C, MicroSD card slot 2x USB Type C, MicroSD card slot USB Type C, MicroSD card slot Lightning Port MicroSD card, USB 3 Type 2, mini-DisplayPort USB Type C and Type A
Battery 6,000mAh 30.4W, 10hr life 39.04W, 10hr life 5,200mAh (39.5Wh) 27.5Wh, 38.5Wh 5 - 6hr 5 - 6hr
OS Android 7 Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10 iOS Windows 10 Windows 10
Accessories included 2017 S Pen 2017 S Pen, keyboard cover 2017 S Pen, keyboard cover Keyboard cover Nothing Surface Pen Lenovo Active Pen
Price Unknown Unknown Unknown From USD $599 From USD $520, From USD $799 From USD $899 From USD $599

My gripe so far with Samsung has been the frail thin looking S Pen. The new pen is thicker and more comfortable to hold. The tip is still small (0.7mm) and there are now 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The S Pen is an active stylus that supports pressure sensitivity and palm rejection. There aren't any reviews out yet, but 2017's model is already an improvement because it uses a larger size. I was disappointed with the Samsung TabPro S so I'm happy to see that the S PEN is now included both with the Tab S3 and the two Galaxy Books

Tab S3 runs Android. Galaxy Book 10 might be under-powered when it comes to running heavy graphic software such as Photoshop as it only has the Intel m3, dual 2.6GHz. Galaxy Book 12 uses an Intel i5 dual 3.1Ghz which is more adequate.

Another thing I really like about the Samsung tablets is they have expandable storage via the MicroSD card slot.

I'll see if I can get the Samsung tablets for review in the future. Stay tuned.

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