The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was expected to be launched in September at the IFA 2016 in Berlin. While that wasn’t the case, the South Korean giant is expected to launch the new device in the first quarter of 2017 or even this year itself. Samsung has already applied before the FCC for certification.
According to Sam Mobile, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, with model numbers SM-T820 and Sm-T825 will be released in the first quarter of 2017. The SM-T820 model number is for the Galaxy Tab S3 WiFi model, while the SM-T825 model number is for the Galaxy Tab S3 LTE variant. Another report from TechRadar claimed that the Tab S3 might be launched alongside with the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is rumored to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February.
However, the mobilenapps claims that the upcoming tablet can be fully expected to launch by the end of 2016. After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is rescheduling the launch of its tablets and mobiles.
There isn’t much information about the specifications and features of the new tablet. As per leaks and rumors, the new tablet is likely to borrow from the Samsung Galaxy S7. As per the leaked picture, the Galaxy Tab S3 looks similar to the Tab S2, with a familiar Home button, plastic back, and a 4:3 display ratio.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is expected sport an AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution [8-inch and 9.7-inch variant]. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor or an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor along with 4GB of RAM. The tablet might come in two internal storage options – 32GB and 64GB. It will run Android Marshmallow OS.
Additionally, the Galaxy Tab S3 is likely to feature an 8-megapixel front and 2-megapixel rear camera. The USB Type-C supporting tablet is expected to be backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is priced at $399 [for 8-inch variant] and $499 [for 9.7-inch variant]. The Tab S3 is expected to sport similar prices. However, there might be some changes as Samsung is likely to cut down on prices, after the Note 7 debacle.