Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Price, Specifications, Reviews, features and Comparisons

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Price And Competition

The Tab S3’s obvious competition is Apple’s new iPad. It’s Apple’s cheapest tablet offering, with prices starting at £339 – yet there’s no sacrifice in performance, and its battery life is stellar. Basically, it’s an affordable iPad, and people will flock to buy it.For the Galaxy Tab S3, on the other hand, you’ll have to fork out £599. That’s £260 more than Apple’s newest iPad, and £200 more than the 9.7in Galaxy Tab S2, which retailed for just £399 two years ago. I wouldn’t go putting all the blame on Brexit, though: there’s a decent set of improvements inside to justify that price bump.

Display And Sound

Now, let’s get to the thing you first see when you crack open the box – that stunning display. The 9.7in screen completely dominates the front of the Tab S3, despite those reasonably chunky side bezels. Surprisingly, there’s no change in resolution, which remains at 2,048 x 1,536, but the screen does now support HDR content. It’s seriously bright too, at a maximum 301cd/m2 – and as it’s an AMOLED display, its contrast and colour coverage are both excellent.

What does that mean in practice? The Tab S3 is well suited to outdoor use, even in near direct sunlight, and anything you watch on it – from Netflix to YouTube – will look positively stunning. Colours are remarkably crisp, and images are filled with punchy detail. If you’re after something for on-the-go media consumption and Facebook feed scrolling, this is it.Sound, meanwhile, is provided by a four-speaker arrangement. All of the quad-speaker tablets we’ve seen so far – the iPad Pro 12.9in, the iPad Pro 9.7in and the Huawei M2 10 – have sounded great, and Samsung hits this one out of the park. Audio quality is excellent, and thanks to an AKG-branded “quad-stereo” array, which automatically detects the orientation you’re holding the tablet in, you get a proper stereo image in both landscape and portrait modes.

S-pen And Keyboard

The attraction of this tablet lies partly in its optional keyboard and bundled S-Pen stylus. The keyboard (which we haven’t yet tried for ourselves) attaches via a magnetic pogo-pin connection on the left edge of the tablet, folding over and propping up the tablet just like the iPad Pro 9.7in’s Smart Keyboard. It also doubles as a case when it’s not in use; it’s a neat accessory, but an expensive one at £119. Expect a review in due course.As for the stylus, it’s Samsung’s most advanced S-Pen yet, with a smaller tip than ever, measuring just 0.7mm across. While I’m certainly no artist, I found it lovely to write with on the Galaxy Tab S3’s screen. My favourite thing about it is a new feature called Screen Off Memo, which allows you to scribble quick notes on the screen without having to unlock the tablet or even turn it on.

Performance And Battery Life

How about those internals? The Galaxy Tab S3 gets a bump up from its predecessor, to a spec that’s decent by today’s standards, if not cutting edge. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor runs the show – a little behind the times in smartphone terms, perhaps, but the overall experience is lightning quick.That’s reflected in a Geekbench 4 multi-core result of 4,208 and a single-core score of 1,751. Obviously, the Tab S3 blazes past Google’s Pixel C and the older Tab S2, but is marginally bested by Apple’s new iPad, with its 4,204 and 2,490 scores.

There’s also 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for expansion, which will take cards up to 256GB in size. A 4G/LTE model is available too, promising download speeds of up to 300Mbits/sec for road warriors.While the battery is slightly larger than the Tab S2’s, the bump to 6,000mAh doesn’t seem to have paid off. The S3 lasted 11hrs 43mins in our continuous video playback test with the screen set to 170cd/m2 – that’s nearly three hours short of the Tab S2’s 14hrs 33mins, and further behind the new iPad’s 14hrs 47mins. That Snapdragon 830 must be pretty power-hungry; on the upside, it recharges speedily via the USB-C port on the bottom.

8 Total Score

The Galaxy Tab S3 is a premium tablet. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC which now feels dated. There's 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, indicating that Samsung really did have last year's flagship specs in mind when creating this tablet. You don't have to pay extra for cellular connectivity, and if you insert a 4G SIM, you can even make voice calls using the built-in speakers or a headset.

  • Samsung’s best tablet design yet
  • Includes the S-Pen stylus for free
  • HDR-ready future-proofed screen
  • Keyboard is a costly extra
  • Just as expensive as iPad Pro
  • Tablet multitasking can't replace a laptop
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Model Number SM-T825NZKAINS
Model Name Galaxy Tab S3 (with Pen)
Color Black
Connectivity Wi-Fi+4G
OS Android
Operating System Version 7.0 (Nougat)
Voice Call No
Supported Network 4G LTE, WCDMA, GSM
Battery Features Non Removable Battery
Display Supported Network LTE
Processor Type Qualcomm MSM 8996 Processor
Operating Frequency 2G GSM Band: 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2G CDMA Band: 800, 3G WCDMA Band: 850, 900, 1900, 2100, 3G CDMA Band: 800, 3G TD SCDMA: 1880, 2010, 4G FDD LTE: 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600, 4G TDD LTE: 1900, 2300, 2500, 2600
Additional Features Vulkan Graphics, Quad Speaker (2 Top, 2 Bottom), AKG Sound, 15 GB of Free Storage with Samsung Cloud, Secondary Clock Speed: 1.6 GHz
Product Details
Display Size 9.7 inch
Sales Package Tablet, Travel Adapter, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, S Pen
Display Resolution 2048 x 1536 Pixels
Primary Camera 13 Megapixels
Internal Storage 32 GB
Processor Speed 2.15 GHz
Sim Size Nano SIM
Multi-touch Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Sim Type Single Sim
Battery Features
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Business Features
Document Viewer Yes
E-mail Yes
Camera Features
Secondary Camera 5 Megapixels
Video Recording Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Frame Rate 30 fps
Video Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
HD Recording Yes
Flash Yes
Other Camera Features Rear Camera: Autofocus, f/1.9 Aperture, Front Camera: f/2.2 Aperture
Connectivity Features
2G Yes
3G Yes
Bluetooth Version v4.2
USB Yes, USB 3.1 Type C
Browser Android
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
Headphone Jack 3.5 mm
Wi-fi Version 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Other Connectivity Features Bluetooth Support, Wi-Fi Direct, ANT+
Display Features
Other Display Features QXGA Super AMOLED Display
Display Colors 16 M
Display Type Super AMOLED
Multimedia Features
Video Formats Supported MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Full HD Playback Yes
HD Playback Yes
Video Playback Yes
Navigation Features
GPS Support Yes
GPS Type GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Map Support Google Maps
Storage Features
Expandable Storage Capacity 256 GB
Memory Card Slot Type microSD
Memory Card Support Yes
Warranty Summary 1 Year on Tablet, 6 Months on Accessories
Warranty Service Type Carry In
Covered in Warranty Manufacturing Defects
Not Covered in Warranty Physical Damage


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