Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 release date, news and rumors
Update:A new release date rumor suggests we could see the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 on September 1.
Android tablets may feel like a dying beast but the latest rumors suggest Samsung hasn’t given up on them just yet.
Samsung is set to make a follow-up to 2015’s Galaxy Tab S2 with the – you guessed it – Galaxy Tab S3. We gave the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 four stars citing a lighter design, the 4:3 display ratio and improved TouchWiz software as the highlights.Read more ↓
It wasn’t without issues though as the spec upgrade was only small and we weren’t all that impressed by the battery life. But the Galaxy Tab S2 is still in a respectable third place in our best tablets list – so if Samsung gives it some impressive upgrades for the Tab S3 it may be ready to take the top spot.
- Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s latest flagship Android tablet
- When is it out? Possibly September 1
- What will it cost? Expect it to start at US$399, £319, AU$499. It’ll be more for higher storage versions.
- Another tablet we’re excited for – the Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 release date
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2 in July last year, but didn’t release the tablet until September. With July nearly over and no sign of it we’re expecting a later announcement for the Galaxy Tab 3 and we have a good idea of when, as tech journalist Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that it’s “probably” coming on September 1.
That’s the first we’ve heard of that date, so we’d take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s all we’ve got to go on right now.
Oddly, a leaked press render from Evleaks comes with Friday July 15 on all the included screens in the picture. That seemed an obvious hint at a release date, but July 15 has now been and gone with no sign of the Tab S3.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs and rumors
Not much is known about the spec of the Galaxy Tab S3, but a leaked picture from a trusted source seemingly confirms the design of the new tablet.
And shock, it looks quite a lot like the Galaxy Tab S2 did. There’s a home button at the bottom of the front of the screen, the 4:3 display ratio is still around and it’s a plastic back once again.
We quite liked the design of the Galaxy Tab S2, so this isn’t much of a problem. But we’d like to see a spec upgrade inside the tablet to make it a worthwhile update.
The pictures just show one size of the tablet, though it’s rumored that there will be both an 8-inch and 9.7-inch version like there was on the Galaxy Tab S2.
One rumor suggests it’ll boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 32GB of storage. Leaked benchmarks also gave the tablet a multi-core score of 4,275 – which is lower than the Galaxy S7, but still impressive.
Another rumor points toward the Galaxy Tab S3 coming with an 8MP rear camera and 2MP on the front for your selfies.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price
The price of the Galaxy Tab S3 will come down to a lot of factors. The Galaxy Tab S2 cost US$399, £319, AU$499 for the smallest storage size and 8-inch version of the tablet.
It was US$499, £399, AU$599 for the 32GB 9.7-inch version of the tablet. We’d expect similar pricing this year, but there may be a few differences and it’ll likely be even more if you go for a larger storage size model.
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