Samsung Unveils HDR Compatible Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book OLED Tablets

Samsung galaxy Tab S3 HDR Android tablet

Support for HDR playback has come to tablets. Samsung’s 9.7″ Galaxy Tab S3 Android tablet and Galaxy Book 12-inch Windows 10 tablet sport AMOLED displays and are the first devices of their kind to support HDR10 content playback.

OLED, HDR, and Android in a 9.7″ Tablet

The Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch OLED screen with the resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. That’s not 4K, but it can play 4K video at up to 60 frames per second and record it at up to 30 frames per second. That’s a crucial capability because HDR and 4K resolution are typically tied together and 4K streams look better than 1080p because of the higher bandwidth allocated to them.

A fast-charging 6000 mAh battery ensures the Tab S3 can power through streaming HDR movies—it has a 12-hour rating. Sound comes courtesy of four AKG/Harman-tuned speakers that can detect whether the tablet is in a horizontal or vertical orientation and adjust the output accordingly—you get stereo sound in both portrait and landscape mode.

Storage and memory specs of the Galaxy Tab S3 are: 4 GB of DRAM, 64 GB of built-in storage, and a micro-SD slot that supports up to 256 GB cards. For connectivity, it offers a LTE Cat.6 modem with up to 300 Mbps speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2X2 MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth 4.2. Computing power comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad core 2.15G Hz + 1.6 GHz processor.

The First HDR OLED Windows 10 Tablet

The Galaxy Book 12-inch may come in a tablet form factor but it’s a full-fledged Windows 10 PC featuring a dual-core 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 7th-generation processor. This PC tablet has a 12-inch OLED screen with 2160 x 1140-pixel resolution and can display HDR10 content.

Like the Tab S3, the Galaxy book can play back 4K video at up to 60 frames per second as well as recorded at 30 frames per second. It’ll be available in either as 4 GB RAM model with 128 GBs of SSD storage, or a 8 GB RAM with 256 GB SSD and a microSD slot supports up to 256GB cards for added storage. Also, it offers a LTE Cat.6 modem with up to 300 Mbps speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2X2 MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth 4.1 BLE.

“At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products that satisfy mobile users’ diverse needs and demands,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Our new tablet portfolio is built with premium technology that delivers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go.”

Samsung galaxy book 12-inch HDR OLED Windows 10 tablet
The Galaxy Book HDR OLED Windows 10 tablet.

Of course there’s tons more to these tablets than the fact they possess HDR-capable OLED displays. For example, they both support Samsung’s S-Pen, for stylus-based input—on a PC equipped with Photoshop that can be amazing. And they both feature 13-megapixel forward facing cameras that can shoot 4K video.

However, it’s support for HDR video playback that explicitly makes these new offerings interesting to AV enthusiasts. Now, you can pick up where you left off on a movie or show that you were watching on an HDR TV or projector. You can have HDR while on the road, or lying in bed, or anywhere else you want to enjoy the benefits of enhanced color and contrast.

The combination of OLED’s exceptional contrast plus deep blacks, combined with the excellent fidelity offered by 4K HDR10 content—yes, even streaming content—promises a better viewing experience than ever before when viewing Netflix and Amazon on a tablet. Needless to say, if HDR catches on in the world of mobile devices then it’s future is bright.