Samsung Tab S3 new feature rumours: Bluetooth certification suggests imminent Galaxy Tab S3

It is rumored that Samsung will soon update its Tab S2 line-up with new 8.0- and 9.7in models. The Tad S2 have been launched for a long time. And recently Samsung has only unveiled the Gear S3 smartwatch. We round up the Galaxy Tab S3 UK release date, price and specification rumours.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 UK release date, price rumours: When is the Galaxy Tab S3 coming out?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)

As usual, Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet launches to arrive in July 2016 ahead of the (now discontinued) Note 7 that was announced on 2 August. However, that didn’t happen, and neither were any tablets unveiled during Samsung’s IFA 2016 press conference on 1 September.

Sammobile is now suggesting that the Tab S3 will arrive in Q1 2017, with the model numbers SM-T820 (Wi-Fi) and SM-T825 (LTE). Given that the Tab S2 9.7 has the model numbers SM-T810 (Wi-Fi) and SM-T815 (LTE) we would assume it is specifically referring to the larger version of the tablet, though this does not mean the more compact model will not also make an appearance.

If it arrives in Q1 2017, the Tab S3 will more than likely be announced at MWC (Samsung usually holds a press conference the day before, which in this case will be 26 February) or in a separate Unpacked event rumoured for March.

Rumours that a Tab S3 release is imminent following news that the Tab S3 has been certified by the FCC, which happens only when a product is about to be released. It also received Bluetooth certification at the beginning of January 2017.

As before, we expect there to be a smaller model (8in screen) and a larger model (9.7in) screen. These will be premium tablets – among the best you can buy in the Android world – so expect premium pricing: around £330 for smaller model and £400 for the larger one. And add another £100 for the 4G versions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specification rumours: What to expect from the Galaxy Tab S3

When we first heard rumours of a potential Samsung 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 very 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 Note 7, although the curved edge functionality seems less appealing in a tablet and may be no more than wishful thinking. Samsung has made the dual-edge feature the default in the new Note 7, however, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it did the same with its S-series in February. Could we soon see all Samsung’s flagship mobile devices come with the dual-edge feature?

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 (1536×2048-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 Tab S3 9.7in and 4,122 points multi-core (1,312 single-core) for the smaller Tab S3 8.0in. 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 internal battery – 4,000mAh in the Tab S3 8in and 5,870mAh in the Tab S3 9.7in. Expect Samsung’s fast charging tech to feature also.

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