Samsung may have at least one headline-grabbing inclusion to announce when they launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at the end of the month. Reports indicate that not only could the tablet support the S Pen – it will do so out of the box.
Earlier this week there was news that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will be the flagship product for the South Korean company at Mobile World Congress. And the fact that the slate will take all the limelight means that it will not be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is set to be announced at a later date.
However, Samsung faces a tough task exciting tech fans with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, after the tablet market performed poorly in 2016.
As Android Wafer has previously noted, for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to sell well – and play a role in reviving interest in tablets – it will need to offer something that enables the tablet to stand out considerably from past efforts.
And that key feature could well be the S Pen. The stylus has proven very popular on the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone range, and recently caused considerable excitement when it was included with a Chromebook for the first time.
Samsung has also offered a stylus with previous tablets, although not in recent years.
A common criticism of tablets is that they are limited as far as productivity tasks are concerned, and the S Pen – which in 2017 is now a highly-refined product – could certainly help to overcome that.
News about the S Pen comes from Samsung specialist SamMobile, who have a reasonable record with leaks. However, the website also reports that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will not include a slot to store the S Pen.
If it is correct that the stylus cannot be inserted into the tablet for storage, this brings into question whether the S Pen was part of the design conception of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.
It may be the case that the idea to include the S Pen came relatively late in the design process; in which case, its implementation is likely to be closely examined.