Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung Galaxy Tab new logo.png
Also known asSM-T820 (Wi-Fi only)
SM-T825 (LTE & Wi-Fi)
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
Product familyGalaxy Tab, Galaxy S
TypeTablet computer
Release date24 March 2017 (US & Canada)
31 March 2017 (UK) - Silver
7 April 2017 (UK) - Black
17 April 2017 (Germany, Russia)
1 May 2017 (China)
8 May 2017 (Taiwan)
11 May 2017 (Korea, South)
1 June 2017 (Malaysia)
Introductory price$599, £599
Operating systemAndroid 7.0 "Nougat"
(Upgradeable to Android 8.0 "Oreo")
System-on-chip usedQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
CPUQuad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo + 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
Memory4 GB LPDDR4
Storage32 GB (can add up to 256GB MicroSD Card) UFS 2.0
Display2048×1536 px (QXGA) Super AMOLED display (264 ppi),
9.7 in (25 cm) diagonal
GraphicsAdreno 530
SoundFour built-in stereo speakers tuned by AKG
InputMulti-touch screen, fingerprint scanner, digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensors, accelerometer
Camera13 MP AF rear-facing camera with LED flash, 5 MP front-facing camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2
4G & WiFi model: 4G/LTE, GPS
Power6,000 mAh battery
Dimensions237.3 mm (9.34 in) H
169.0 mm (6.65 in) W
6.0 mm (0.24 in) D
Mass429 g (0.946 lb) (Wi-Fi); 434 g (0.957 lb) (LTE)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy Tab S4
Related articlesSamsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is an Android-based tablet computer produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics.[1] Belonging to the high-end "S" line, it was unveiled alongside the Galaxy Book at the MCW 2017, and was first released in March 24, 2017. It is available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi/4G LTE variants.

Its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, was announced on August 1, 2018.[2]


The Galaxy Tab S3 is the first device from Samsung to run Android Nougat as default. For the first time since the Galaxy Tab 2, all the languages that were previously absent from other regions are available.[3]

The tablet is slated to receive the Android Pie update in 2019.[4]

The device features a 9.7" 2,048 x 1,536 Super AMOLED display which supports HDR video.[5] The Tab S3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on board storage and a 6000mAh battery.[6] It is also supplied with a Samsung Galaxy Note series S Pen, the first of the Tab S range to do so. [7][8]


The Verge criticized the cameras on the device, being "softened and smudged", the limitations on multitasking, and the cramped Pogo keyboard, whilst praising the integration of the S Pen and it being lightweight.[9]

Matt Swider of Tech Radar stated that the tablet was "Samsung’s best tablet design yet", praising the addition of the free S-Pen stylus and HDR-ready future-proofed screen while criticizing the costly keyboard and how a tablet "could not replace a laptop".[10]

Xiaomare Blanco of CNET also called the device Samsung's best tablet and stated, "The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is an elegantly designed tablet that comes with a capable stylus. It has a stunning AMOLED screen, fingerprint sensor for extra security and satisfyingly loud quad speakers. It's also the first HDR-ready tablet." The reviewer was also disappointed that large applications take time to load, while the keyboard add-on is an expensive extra.[11]

Max Parker of TrustedReviews noted the good addition of the HDR AMOLED display, S Pen and lightweight, but said that the software "lacks polish", "janky" multitasking on the device and that the glass back of the tablet was a "fingerprint magnet".[12]


  1. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is basically another Note tablet". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S4 tries to beat the iPad at productivity". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  3. ^ "Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" (S Pen included)". Samsung Smart Simulator. Samsung Electronics America.
  4. ^ "Here's when to expect Android Pie updates on 25+ Samsung devices including Galaxy S8, Note 8, more". 9to5Google.
  5. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Book has its sights set on the Microsoft Surface". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ Cipriani, Jason. "MWC 2017: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book - ZDNet". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Seifert, Dan (26 February 2017). "Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 comes with four speakers and a stylus". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  8. ^ Ghoshal, Abhimanyu (27 February 2017). "Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S3 packs a huge battery and an improved stylus". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  9. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (2017-03-22). "Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  10. ^ Swider, Matt (November 24, 2017). "Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review". techradar.
  11. ^ Blanco, Xiaomare (March 22, 2017). "Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Samsung's best tablet screen is a sight to behold". CNET.
  12. ^ Parker, Max (September 5, 2017). "Samsung Galaxy Tab S3". trustedreviews.

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