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Mobile World Congress 2017: Samsung Ends Day One with New 2-in-1 Tablets

by Eric Smith | Feb 27, 2017

After a day of new phones from Blackberry/TCL-Alcatel, Huawei, Motorola, and Nokia/HMD, Samsung spent Sunday night announcing two new tablets at MWC. Both devices fall into the growing 2-in-1 segment.

GalaxyBook is built on feedback from its Tab Pro S 2-in-1 released in 2016 and has a few key upgrades. First, it comes in two versions: an enterprise-focused 12-inch Super AMOLED display running a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, and a more consumer-friendly 10-inch TFT display running a 7th generation Core m3 processor. This upgrade in processing and display ensures that almost any task can be done on these Windows 10 machines. Second, the keyboard is backlit, it has a better feel, and it is slightly longer than its predecessor, which all add up to better comfort and versatility while working in varied settings outside of an office. Third, it comes with the S Pen standard, combining all of the note taking features and battery-free design with full inking support in Windows 10 with Wacom EMR technology.

Samsung GalaxyBook 12

Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsung's next flagship 9.7" Android tablet, but can no longer be classified as a Traditional Slate. Samsung has moved this product into what we call the "Pro Slate" segment by making an exclusive pogo pin keyboard for the device available as a first-party accessory (such as the Surface Pro or the iPad Pro). It's still got great entertainment credentials, with improved gaming capabilities, but two things really jump off the page for us on the Tab S3 as a Pro Slate device. First, it runs Android 7.0, which supports multi-window functionality; this is something that most Android tablets lack, even in the 2-in-1 world. Second, it comes with Samsung KNOX for improved security and when it comes to the enterprise market, this will certainly set it apart from other Android devices. Although the keyboard is an optional accessory (and a lucrative one for any OEM), the S Pen does come standard with the Tab S3, completing a consistent story on inking for Samsung tablets in 2017 so far.

Although pricing and availability were not announced, we can expect that the GalaxyBook 12 and the Galaxy Tab S3 will be more expensive than their predecessors and we will continue to keep a close eye on how these new flagships develop.

There's more tablet news to come at the show and will be back in this space with more updates soon.

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