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Galaxy Tab S3 Update

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Samsung's latest mid-range tablet offering, the Galaxy Tab S3, is expected to hit the market early next year, after missing its anticipated September 2016 release.

The new offering will likely boast many similar features to its widely popular predecessor with the possibility of a few new tricks up its slim and lightweight sleeve.

These are the rumors making the rounds concerning its make-up and impending release...

Release date

The Galaxy Tab S3 was widely expected to hit the market in September 2016, a year after the launch of its predecessor the Tab S2. But anticipated dates came and went with no sign of a new improved S tablet. That's despite the Tab S3 successfully making it through the United States' main certification board, the FCC, back in March.\

Now experts are tipping a first quarter 2017 launch, with the Las Vegas tradeshow in January, or the Mobile World Congress in February the most likely key dates for unveiling.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

What will it do?

The Galaxy Tab S2 was a hugely popular model, attracting uniform praise from critics due to its slim, lightweight design, true to life AMOLED display, easy to read 4:3 aspect ratio and general speed.

The Tab S3 is likely to include more of the same with the possibility of borrowing popular features from Samsung's smartphone the S7.

Galaxy Tab S3

Differences

Among new features the Tab S3 could include are waterproofing, a curved edge display, wireless fast charging and USB-C port. In a surprising yet plausible shift it may also revert to a 16:10 aspect ratio.

These are the tips from Trusted Reviews based on render leaks, changing technology and features unveiled in the S7 phone.

Trusted Reviews argues the USB-C mobile connection port is gaining momentum in the industry, with tech co's like Apple utilizing it for the 12-inch MacBook, and HTC and LG switching to it for their smartphones. While there are no solid rumors the Galaxy Tab S3 is likely to employ it instead of MicroUSB this time, they flag it as a slight possibility.

How fast a tablet charges and how often you need to do it are critical issues for tablets, which are extensively used away from power supply. Galaxy's recent smartphone S7 came with fast, wireless charging, and the Tab S3 could do the same.

While no Galaxy tablets have previously boasted waterproofing, the S7 smartphone did, and this could be a useful feature for handheld devices often used outdoors or on the go.

Meanwhile the S7 Edge featured a curved edge display, is this a possibility for the Tab S3?

But in a surprise shift, there's also a belief that the popular 4:3 aspect ratio designed for easy reading and web browsing could fall back to 16:10. This is based on a render leak from renowned tipster and journalist Even Blass who posted three images to Twitter which Trusted Reviews says appear to show Galaxy revert back to the 16:10 ratio.

Similarities

These are all interesting rumors, but other tech experts have taken a more conservative approach, instead noting the Galaxy Tab S3 will be a similar but improved version of its former self, with features including:

  • Size - While the high-end Galaxy Tab S came out in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch varietals, the Tab S3 will likely embrace its predecessor's 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizing.
  • AMOLED display - Renowned for its true-to-life colour scheme and vibrancy, the Tab S3 will likely feature an AMOLED display.
  • Snapdragon processor - The general consensus is the S3 would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset.
  • Android OS - Galaxy will continue to run the Android operating system, probably utilizing version 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and it is again likely to come with MS Office pre-installed.
  • 3GB RAM - The S2 featured 3GB of RAM and this looks unlikely to change according to Tech Radar and androidheadline.com. However Trusted Reviews speculates they could up it a little to 4GB.
  • 32GB/64GB storage - Available storage configurations are likely to follow similar lines, again providing 32GB or 64GB supported by a MicroSD card that allows for a further 128GB. But maybe, just maybe, Samsung will take on iPad with a 128GB internal storage option.
  • Two cameras - Samsung boasts great cameras on its latest smartphones, but tablets are likely to feature an 8MP rear facing camera and 2MP selfie number.
  • Price - The Tab S2 hit the middle mark at a fairly affordable USD$399.99 for the base 8-inch model. That price bracket is unlikely to shift too far.

The last word

Whether it's January or February next year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is likely to follow its predecessor and ultimately be a highly-regarded, mid-range tablet that holds its place amongst the best in the business. It's just a matter of when...