Samsung prices Galaxy Tab S3 at $599

So thin
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Productivity tablet conflicts, begun they have.

When Samsung unveiled its brand-new 9.7 -inch Galaxy Tab S3 tablet last month, it was clear Samsung designed it to take on Apple’s 9.7 -inch iPad Pro, a tablet that can be converted into a powerful productivity machine with the add-on of a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. What wasn’t clear, though, was how aggressive Samsung would be in the pro-tablet battle.

On Thursday, Samsung announced pricing( and availability) that sets Apple on notice.

Starting at $599 for a 32 GB model( Wi-Fi-only) with expandable memory up to 256 GB, the Tab S3 sounds, at least, competitive. Apple’s 9.7 -inch Apple iPad Pro also starts at $599 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi-only model. However, Samsung’s price includes the S-Pen. Apple accuses an additional $99 for its Apple Pencil. In add-on, it will cost you another $100 for the 128 GB iPad Pro model. Tab S3 proprietors can upgrade the memory of their devices on their own; a 128 GB micro SD card expenses as little as $17.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and S-Pen

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a thin( 6 mm ), lightweight( slightly lighter than the iPad Pro) tablet with built-in pen and keyboard reinforcement( the Pogo keyboard is sell separately for $129.99 ).

It offers a Super AMOLED QXGA screen with 2048 x 1536 solving( the same as that used the iPad Pro ), USB-C tight accusing, a 13 -megapixel rear-facing camera( 5-megapixel front) and fingerprint sensor. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM.

Pre-orders start on March 17 and both the tablet and Pogo keyboard will be available in stores on March 24.

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