Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Leaks, specs and release date

It has been over a year and a half since Samsung launched the well-received Galaxy Tab S2, but a recent leak suggests Samsung may finally launch its successor in the coming days.

New update: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to release in March and may cost around £479

South Korean publication Korea Herald today confirmed that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Tab S3 at Mobile World Congress on 26th February, a day after Samsung sent out press invites for the event.

According to the website, the Galaxy Tab S3 will be 5.6 centimetres thinner compared to the Galaxy Tab S2 and will feature a 9.6-inch display. Other specifications in the upcoming tablet could include a Snapdragon 820 chip, 12-MP and 5-MP rear and front cameras, LTE and Wi-Fi variants and Android 7.0 Nougat OS on-board. The Galaxy Tab S3 will release first in Korea in March and will be priced at 700,000 won (£479).

Aside from launching the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung will also showcase a 1-minute video of the Galaxy S8 flagship phone which, as per most leaks, will be launched by the company in a separate event on 29th March. both the Galaxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to go on sale in April.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 invites hint at a curvy number

Samsung has more or less confirmed the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S3 by sending out press invites for an event the company will be hosting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 26th February.

The invitation card shows the outer frame of a Galaxy tablet, not very different from how the Galaxy Tab S2 looks like, and which we understand is a depiction of the Galaxy Tab S3, which previous leaks had suggested will launch at Mobile World Congress instead of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagships.

A look at the image suggests that Samsung may have, for the first time, introduced curved edges in its premium tablet range. While we cannot state that definitely, if Samsung has introduced it, it may have done so to give the tablet a distinct look and feel or for some other reason that we are not aware of as yet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to launch at Mobile World Congress in February

It is now clear that Samsung will not unveil the flagship Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in February, but that doesn't mean the company won't have a surprise or two for its fans at the event.

A new report from Korea today confirmed that Samsung's premium Galaxy Tab S3 will launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Naver, a South Korean news website, today claimed that the Galaxy Tab S3 will field a 9.6-inch display with a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels. There will be a LTE variant as well as a Wi-Fi variant and that it will be priced at around $600 (£480) once released. The report also mentions a few specifications which check out with existing leaks on the tablet. These include a Snapdragon 820 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat on-board and 12-MP and 5-MP cameras.

The tablet was recently spotted while undergoing FCC certification and according to Sammobile, has already earned all relevant certification ahead of its launch. If Samsung does launch the tablet at Mobile World Congress later in February, then the company should make it available to pre-order or for sales by the middle of March. With the tablet market stagnating over the last couple of years, it remains to be seen if Samsung will be able to revive demand for its flagship tablet when it hosts the launch next month.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may feature a 9.6-inch screen, 32gigs of storage and a 12-MP rear cam

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the presumed successor to the Galaxy Tab S2, recently surfaced on GFXBench, suggesting that the Korean smartphone giant may finally launch the device in the coming months. While leaks of the device have so far been rare, the fact that the specs finally made it to GFXBench indicates that Samsung tablets fans may finally have reason to rejoice.

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According to the leaked specifications, instead of an 8-inch display like in the Galaxy Tab S2, the Galaxy Tab S3 may feature a larger 9.6-inch display but its resolution will remain the same at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.  While the Galaxy Tab S2 featured an octa-core 1.9GHz processor, the Galaxy Tab S3 will arrive with a much more capable Snapdragon 820 processor which can rock clock speeds of up to 2.2GHz.

Samsung Galaxy View tablet: first look

Other leaked specifications include an on-board storage of 32GB, same as that in the predecessor but a 4GB RAM instead of a 3GB one. The rear camera resolution has been upgraded from 8-MP to 12-MP and instead of Android 5.1 Lollipop in its predecessor, the tablet will run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS on-board.

Back in July, Sammobile had suggested that the Galaxy Tab S3 may launch at IFA in September along with the Gear S3 smartwatch but Samsung only released the latter without making any mention of the former. Ever since it released the Galaxy Tab S2, Samsung has also launched the 12-inch Galaxy TabPro S, its first tablet running Windows 10 OS as well as the Galaxy View, a large 18.4-inch device featuring 4G LTE, 32GB of storage, additional storage through microSD, Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.1 and pre-loaded CNN, CBS, Twitch, Netflix and Hulu apps.

Via: Sammobile

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