Samsung Shows Two New Tablets to Target Gamers, Professionals


​Samsung Electronics Co. targets gamers and professionals with two new tablets, seeking to regain ground in mobile devices after pulling its Note 7 smartphone off shelves last year.

The Galaxy Tab S3, meant for entertainment, has a 9.7-inch Amoled screen, quad-stereo speakers and lets users play 4K video, Samsung said Sunday ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The Galaxy Book, aimed at professionals, comes in 10.6-inch and 12-inch models and runs the Windows 10 operating system. Samsung also showed a new virtual-reality viewer.

The world’s largest phone maker’s reputation took a hit after a series of reports about Note 7 smartphones bursting into flame, leading to Samsung ultimately killing off the entire line. That debacle cost the Suwon-based company an estimated $6 billion and dealt a severe blow to the company just as the competitive holiday season was getting under way.

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“At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products,” D.J. Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said in a statement.

“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.”

Investors are also expecting Samsung to update its flagship Galaxy S line of phones.

The company will create an all-screen front for the Galaxy S8 smartphones coming out this year and scrap the physical home button, people with direct knowledge of the matter said in December.


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