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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Is More Expensive Than Almost Similarly-Specced iPad Pro 2; Pre-Order Deals Now Available

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Samsung in its official U.K. store offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for £599 or roughly $750 dollars when the similarly specced 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 starts at $549. Pre-orders started on March 17 and buyers from Great Britain and Northern Ireland will get a keyboard book cover in the bundle while Best Buy adds free subscription and a memory card for only $599.

Samsung is throwing in a keyboard book cover worth £119 or about $150 to every pre-order of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, according to Digital Spy. The steeper premium is actually the price of the tablet and its accessory, which is the only available bundle for pre-order in the said store. Americans may also pre-order and get the latest Samsung tablet for only $599.99 with no added or bundled accessory. Shipping will commence on March 31 but it may be in Best Buy by March 24.

Having a keyboard book cover bundled in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is not altogether a bad idea for it adds productivity to the tablet use. A keyboard is handy when editing a document or working on a spreadsheet while on the go. Meanwhile, Best Buy also offers its sweet pre-order care package that includes a 6-month subscription to the Webroot software as well as a memory card, the 64GB Samsung microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1, according to Android Central.

The 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsung's flagship Android tablet to take on the smallest variant of the upcoming iPad Pro 2 lineup, which is expected to arrive also this month. The latest tablet from the South Koreans has an all-glass make, boasts of a 2048x1536 Super AMOLED display and supports 4K and HDR playback. Its high-resolution display is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Vulkan API graphics suited for gaming. It also packs in 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in memory, and expandable to as much as 256GB via a microSD slot.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has Android Nougat out-of-the-box and will come in an optimized S Pen for note making and doodle writing right on the display. It has a mighty battery with 6000mAh capacity supported by Fast Charging. It has a dual camera setup with 13MP for the rear and 5MP for the front. It supports USB Type-C and wi-fi connectivity although there is an LTE version that has not yet been disclosed in terms of pricing.

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