Out to clear its name after one of the most potentially damaging scandals in the history of mobile tech, Samsung probably has bigger fish to fry than a lightly revised Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 slate duo.
Hence, the SM-T820 and SM-T825 are reportedly delayed… yet again, this time for Q1 2017, when they might actually bring considerable upgrades to the table compared to last year’s 8 and 9.7-inch Tab S2 variants. Unfortunately, there’s still no credible word on specs, not even screen size and resolution, with the aforementioned model numbers pertaining to Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity options.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition breaks cover out of nowhere today, with sales already underway at Best Buy in exchange for a cool thousand bucks. As the moniker (unsubtly) suggests, this is a gold-coated version of the full Windows 10-running Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, beefed up to accommodate 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD instead of the base 4 and 128 gigs.
For your $1,000, you get the only Super AMOLED Windows tablet on the market, Full HD+ display resolution included (2,160 x 1,440 pixels on a 12-inch glass), Intel Core M3 processing power, 10.5-hour battery life, 5MP rear and front cameras, plus a full-size detachable keyboard with an integrated touchpad.
Keep in mind that the “entry-level” configuration costs $800, whereas an 8GB RAM/256GB SSD Surface Pro 4 option is typically priced at a whopping $1,300, no Type Cover bundled in, but Intel Core i5 inside.