Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – tech specs, comparisons, pics, and more

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 - tech specs, comparisons, pics, more

The new top-shelf tablet from Samsung sports HDR-ready Super AMOLED display, quad-speakers tuned by AKG, and comes with a refined S Pen.

On February 26, 2017, Samsung announced two tablets, Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, designed to give a premium mobile entertainment.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED 2048 × 1536 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, 13 MP main camera, 32 GB memory (expandable via microSD card), and runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

It’s one of the first tablets that are ready to display HDR (High Dynamic Range) content. You’ll be able to watch on it 10-bit colored HDR videos “for true-to-life colors and vivid digital content.”

The metal frame and glass on both the front and back make the new Galaxy Tab S3 look extremely classy. There are two more features that make it truly premium.

First, to give the user an enhanced listening experience, Galaxy Tab S3 features four stereo speakers that are tuned by AKG.

There is also an improved S Pen that is included in the pack. The pen is more precise and pressure-responsive than ever before and has “the intelligence to translate, magnify, navigate and create with a full palette of brush and pen types.”

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – price and launch details

The new Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 can be ordered on Samsung website since March 17, 2017. The official price is $599.99. It’s $100 more than the price of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, launched in September 2015.

On the pictures below, you’ll see the new tablet with the keyboard case. Unlike S Pen, the case, although made specifically for Tab S3, has to be purchased separately. It will ship in early April 2017. If you need it, you’ll have to spend extra $129.99.

The launch date is still not revealed on Samsung website. However, when you head to Best Buy, you’ll see Galaxy Tab S3 ready to be picked up in stores on March 24, 2017.

If you pre-order Galaxy Tab S3, either on Samsung or Best Buy website, you’ll get a free 64GB memory card.

In the UK, the launch date of Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is set for March 31, 2017.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – comparisons

Let’s start with the comparison to the earlier-generation model. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 came in two sizes – 8 and 9.7-inch. In the table below you’ll obviously see the bigger versions compared.

The price difference is $100, so it’s good to see whether the features of the 2017 Galaxy Tab S3 justify the bigger price.

When it comes to the display, the resolution and pixel density are the same. The difference is in HDR support. HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range,” a technology for reproducing a wider dynamic range of luminosity.

Galaxy Tab S3 is HDR-ready. Its screen and processor are capable of handling High Dynamic Range content. If you’re looking for the tablet with the best possible display, you should have no doubts – the new model is the one to pick up.

Next generation devices are usually thinner and lighter. While the 2017 Galaxy Tab S3 has the same width and height, its depth is bigger than the 2015 model. The difference is about half a millimeter. Not a big problem? I think so.

The problem may be the weight. Galaxy Tab S3 is heavier by 40 grams than its predecessor and weighs 15,13 oz (429 g). The increase in weight is mainly caused by using glass on the back of the tablet. Compare it to soft and thin plastic panel in Galaxy Tab S2 9.7.

In conclusion, there are several areas where Galaxy Tab S3 is a clear winner:

  • better processor,
  • more memory via microSD card,
  • bigger RAM memory,
  • display is HDR-ready,
  • better cameras, both on front and rear,
  • newer operating system – Android 7.0 Nougat,
  • comes with S Pen.

Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 vs. Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Feature Tab S3 (2017) Tab S2 (2015)
Display size 9.7-inch 9.7-inch
Display resolution 2048 × 1536 px 2048 × 1536 px
HDR support Yes No
Pixel density 264 ppi 264 ppi
Processor Quad Core (2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Quad) APQ8096 Octa Core (1.8 GHz Quad + 1.4 GHz Quad) APQ8076
Internal memory 32 GB 32 GB
RAM memory 4 GB 3 GB
microSD Yes
up to 256 GB
Yes
up to 128 GB
S Pen Included Not included
Cameras Front: 5 MP
Rear: 13 MP
Front: 2.1 MP
Rear: 8 MP
Digital zoom 4x 4x
Weight 15.13 oz
429 g
13.72 oz
389 g
Dimensions 9.34 × 6.65 × 0.24 in
237 × 169 × 6.1 mm
9.34 × 6.65 × 0.22 in
237 × 169 × 5.6 mm
Body colors Black, Silver Black, White, Gold
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Release date March 24, 2017 September 3, 2015
Launch price $599.99 from $499.99

The direct competitor of the new Galaxy Tab S3 is Apple’s top-end iPad Pro. The 9.7-inch model launched a year ago, and you’ll see it in the comparison below.

As rumors say, the second-generation iPad Pro will come soon. It sports a bigger, 10.5-inch screen, but its bezel is smaller, so the device will have the same physical dimensions as its predecessor.

As soon as the tech specs of the iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) are released, we’ll update the overview with the side-by-side comparison to Tab S3.

Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 vs. iPad Pro 9.7

Feature Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 iPad Pro 9.7
Display size 9.7-inch 9.7-inch
Display resolution 2048 × 1536 px 2048 × 1536 px
Pixel density 264 ppi 264 ppi
Processor Quad Core (2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Quad) Dual Core 2.16 GHz
Internal memory 32 GB 32/128/256 GB
RAM memory 4 GB 2 GB
microSD Yes
up to 256 GB
No
Cameras Front: 5 MP
Rear: 13 MP
Front: 5 MP
Rear: 12 MP
Weight 15.13 oz
429 g
15.41 oz
437 g
Dimensions 9.34 × 6.65 × 0.24 in
237 × 169 × 6.1 mm
9.45 × 6.67 × 0.24 in
240 × 169.5 × 6.1 mm
Body colors Black, Silver Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat iOS 10
Release date March 24, 2017 March 31, 2016
Launch price $599.99 from $599.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – pics

Take a closer look at Samsung’s latest top-end tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 with a revolutionary S Pen

Black Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 with S Pen - front view

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 comes with S Pen and two colors: Black and Silver

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 with a keyboard

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 has powerful Quad speakers

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 comes with 32GB memory expandable by 256GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 supports Samsung Flow

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 with White Cover

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – official video introduction

Samsung has released the official video that lets you take a closer look at the company’s new tablet.

Don’t expect too many tech details – the video simply shows off how glossy the Galaxy Tab S3 is.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – full tech specs

Check out the full technical specifications of the 2017 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

Screen 9.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, HDR-ready
Screen resolution 2048 × 1536 (QXGA) px
Pixel density approx. 264 ppi
Storage capacity 32 GB
microSD card Yes, add up to 256 GB via microSD slot
RAM memory 4 GB
Processor Quad Core(2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz Quad), Qualcomm APQ8096
Body colors Black
Silver
Battery Li-Ion 6000mAh, non-removable
Battery life Up to 12 hours on a single charge
Charge time 3 hours of Adaptive Fast Charging
Weight 15.13 oz / 429 g
Dimensions 9.34 × 6.65 × 0.24 in / 237.2 × 168.9 × 6.1 mm
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2, profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
Ports USB Type-C (3.1)
microSD card slot
3.5 mm stereo jack
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat
Sound Quad DSL Type 1709 3.0t speakers, tuned by AKG
Supported audio formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported video formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Sensors Accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor,RGB light sensor
Cameras Main / Rear: 13 MP AF with Flash, f/1.9
Secondary / Front: 5 MP FF, f/2.2
In the box Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7
S Pen
Quick Start Guide
Power Adapter
USB Type-C cable
Release date March 24, 2017
Prices Black, 32 GB – $599.99
Silver, 32 GB – $599.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 – product info

Here are the highlights from the official Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (2017) page on Samsung website.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 2017 thumb

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 with S Pen

Black / 32 GB

HDR-ready Super AMOLED display
Featuring High Dynamic Range on a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers cinematic vividness, detail and deep contrast to a screen that fits in your hands.

Powerful processor
A Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor gives you more power and speed for gaming.

S Pen – the pen nature intended
The revolutionary S Pen has true-to-life pressure and angle sensitivity with the intelligence to translate, magnify, navigate and create with a full palette of brush and pen types. And just like a real pen, it never needs to be charged.

Detachable keyboard – perfect pairing
Easily switch from touch to type with a featherlight keyboard that auto-pairs, attaches on contact and never needs charging.

Powerful Quad speakers
Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what’s playing on-screen.

Lightning quick charging
Groundbreaking charge speed powers you through up to 12 hours on a single charge. Then you can get back up to a full charge with three hours of Adaptive Fast Charging.

Expandable memory
Store all your photos with built-in 32GB of storage that expands up to an extra 256 GB.

⇢ Galaxy Tab S3 $599.99

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