Samsung announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab 3

Alex Kidman 20 July 2017

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Grab Samsung's latest tablet devices starting at $949 from 28 July.

Samsung formally took the wraps off its Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab 3 devices during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with local release availability left somewhat murky at that time. Today, it has announced that the Galaxy Book will launch in Australia with prices starting at $1,099 (10.6 inch) or $1,599 (12 inch) from 28 July 2017. The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available at the same time at a cost of $949 for Wi-Fi and $1,099 for the 4G-enabled version.

If you don't fancy the outright prices, Samsung has also indicated that its telco partners will offer the devices on contract terms, although it declined to offer details on which telcos would offer which models.

The Galaxy Tab 3 sees the South Korean tech giant continue its Android tablet journey with a 9.7 inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor and quad speaker array. The tablet market has of late not seen a great deal of competition to Apple's existing iPads from Android, but Samsung's products have typically hit that sweet spot of both affordability and performance.

The Galaxy Book devices are a continuation of the company's 2-in-1 Windows 10 strategy that it kicked off with the Galaxy TabPro S range.

The Galaxy Book comes in 10.6- and 12-inch screen sizes, with either 64GB/128GB (10.6 inch) or 128/256GB (12 inch) onboard storage, depending on price. Intel's 7th generation processors are present, and Samsung tops the Galaxy Book range with the inclusion of its own take on a stylus, the S-Pen. While the S-Pen is more closely associated with the Galaxy Note, Samsung is clearly taking notes from Microsoft's very popular Surface Pro family in terms of included stylus accessories.

We had a brief hands-on with the Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab 3 at the Sydney launch today; stay tuned for our full review.

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