Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S3

Marie Brewis re­veals what we know of Sam­sung’s tablet

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Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S tablet launches are an­nual, so we ex­pected the S3 fam­ily to ar­rive in July 2016 ahead of the new Note7 that was an­nounced on 2 Au­gust. How­ever, that hasn’t hap­pened, and the Tab S3 is now widely ex­pected to be an­nounced dur­ing Sam­sung’s IFA 2016 press con­fer­ence on 1 Septem­ber.

As be­fore, we ex­pect there to be a smaller (8in screen) and a larger model (9.7in) screen. These will be pre­mium tablets, so ex­pect to pay around £329 for smaller tablet and £399 for the larger one. Add an­other £100 for the 4G ver­sions.

What to ex­pect

When we first heard ru­mours of a po­ten­tial Galaxy Tab Edge, we won­dered whether Sam­sung might go down the same de­sign route as it has for its S-se­ries phones, com­plete with the metal frame and front- and rear glass pan­els. How­ever, sketches re­vealed at the FCC show the new Tab S3 to have a sim­i­lar de­sign to the Tab S2. That’s not to say there won’t be a curved-edge tablet, in essence a larger ver­sion of the new Note7, although the curved edge func­tion­al­ity seems less ap­peal­ing in a tablet and may be wish­ful think­ing.

What we do know is that the Tab S3 will be a pow­er­ful tablet with some high-end specs. Ex­pect a high-res­o­lu­tion, likely Quad-HD (1536x2048-pixel), Su­per AMOLED dis­play. The new tablet is also ru­moured to fea­ture Qual­comm’s octa-core Snap­dragon 652 pro­ces­sor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of stor­age. Leaked bench­marks have re­vealed a score of 4,275 points multi-core (1,225 sin­gle-core) in Geek­bench 3.0 for the larger 9.7in Tab S3 and 4,122 points multi-core (1,312 sin­gle-core) for the smaller 8in Tab S3. That’s less than that achieved by the com­pany’s flag­ship phone, the Galaxy S7, but not at all bad.

Cam­eras are tipped to be 8Mp at the back and 2Mp at the front, and we’d ex­pect Sam­sung to use a Mi­cro-USB rather than USB-C port for charg­ing the 4000mAh in­ter­nal bat­tery in the 8in Tab S3 and 5870mAh in the 9.7in Tab S3. Ex­pect Sam­sung’s fast charg­ing tech to fea­ture, too.

We’re ex­pect­ing An­droid Nougat to launch ahead of the Tab S3, but even so we would ex­pect it to be run­ning Marsh­mal­low with TouchWiz.

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