Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7

7.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
9.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7's screen is 9.7 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.15 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery.



The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 might not offer many superlatives, but it is currently the best Android tablet.

- Daniel Schmidt , Notebookcheck 

It’s the best Android tablet (so far) for 2017, but it’s pricey.

- Chance Kinney , Chip Chick 

Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 34 reviews

What's good

  • Bright, vivid display
  • Sturdy, lightweight design
  • microSD support
  • S Pen included

What's bad

  • Limited internal storage options
  • So-so camera

Taking aim at the iPad, Samsung’s latest tablet claims to offer the best of a laptop and tablet in one. But few Android tablets have yet to compete in the market against the iPad and with the bounty of affordable options out there, does a premium tablet make it worth the investment?

Reviews are rolling in for Samsung’s new flagship tablet and we’ve scoured them all to bring you this summary!

Let’s see what they’re saying…

If you’re expecting a larger version of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, the design of the Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 might disappoint. It sticks to the 7-series design aesthetic with chunky bezels and physical buttons along the bottom of the display.

That said, while reviewers weren’t hugely impressed by the design of the tablet, they loved its lightweight and how the glass back felt in their hands. Unfortunately, they also found that the glass back was horrible for fingerprints.

Heading around front, the reviews get better. The 9.7-inch 1536-by-2048 AMOLED screen impressed most reviewers. While the display is HDR-ready, reviewers had trouble sourcing HDR content. And the 4:3 screen ratio means you’ll be dealing with black bars when watching video.

However, this is balanced by ultra-rich colors and a display that looks good both in dim lighting or broad daylight. Pocket Lint summed up opinions well, saying, “... the point to take away from the S3's screen is that it's as good as any competitor. It's resolute, plenty bright and images really seem to pop from its surface.”

The design isn’t the only thing borrowed from a past release—the 2.15Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 820 processor is from last year’s flagship line as well. Fortunately, when paired with 4GB of RAM, no one complained about performance.

The tablet’s four speakers lead to high marks for gaming and media viewing while the included S Pen earned praise on the productivity front. While the tablet might not be a complete laptop replacement, reviews show it’s flexible.

Storage space is a mixed bag. While the tablet offers 32GB of storage, nearly 10GB is reserved for the system files. If you need more space, you'll need a microSD card.

The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Reviews on Samsung’s TouchWiz were mixed. While most felt it was simple enough to use, many questioned why they didn’t use their newer interface and found the duplicated apps frustrating.

If you’re hoping to use your tablet for video chat, the front-facing 7MP camera was a hit. However, the 13MP camera didn’t fare as well. Most reviewers had issues getting clear shots in anything other than bright daylight.

While many reviewers questioned the 6,000mAh battery included in the tablet, no one complained about battery life. TechRadar put it through its paces and said, “Samsung says the Tab S3 has enough juice for 12 hours of video playback, and that claim is just about backed up by our testing, with 30 minutes difference between what we saw and the official estimate.”

Overall, reviews are positive. While the tablet includes the updated S Pen, it doesn’t include a keyboard. So if you’re planning serious productivity work, expect to shell out more than the sticker price. However, outside of price, there was little to find fault with. TechRadar summarized thoughts well, saying, “It’s the best Android tablet today, but just be aware that its solid entertainment value leans more heavily on the tablet side of its 2-in-1 classification, at the expense of your productivity efforts.”


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

Best Android tablet, for a price

from The Wirecutter

The Galaxy Tab S3 has an amazing Super AMOLED screen with HDR and an included active stylus. It’s expensive, but this is the best Android tablet available.

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The Galaxy Tab S3 has an amazing Super AMOLED screen with HDR and an included active stylus. It’s expensive, but this is the best Android tablet available.

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finder.com.au

A good Android tablet, but still a hard sell

from finder.com.au

The Galaxy Tab S3 is a great tablet for entertainment purposes and passable for productivity, but Apple's iPad Pro remains the pro tablet to buy if you're happy working with iOS.

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The Galaxy Tab S3 is a great tablet for entertainment purposes and passable for productivity, but Apple's iPad Pro remains the pro tablet to buy if you're happy working with iOS.

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The Gadgeteer

Faster, more fluid than the previous generation

from The Gadgeteer

This is a worthy upgrade from the Galaxy S2 model and is hands-down the leading Android tablet out there. And that is not solely because most of the competitors (including Google) seemed to have left the market. On its own merit, the S3 is a great device. At $650 (what I paid new for the LTE version) and without US carrier support, your mileage may vary. Regardless of whether you want/need LTE connectivity, either model of the S3 will definitely not disappoint.

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This is a worthy upgrade from the Galaxy S2 model and is hands-down the leading Android tablet out there. And that is not solely because most of the competitors (including Google) seemed to have left the market. On its own merit, the S3 is a great device. At $650 (what I paid new for the LTE version) and without US carrier support, your mileage may vary. Regardless of whether you want/need LTE connectivity, either model of the S3 will definitely not disappoint.

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Fone Arena

Best premium Android tablet

from Fone Arena

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is indeed the best premium tablet in the Android platform as of now, giving a tough competition to its arch rival Apple’s iPad. This slate has an amazing build quality, good overall performance, decent camera and much improved S-Pen. But on the other side, its pricing is a huge let down as it costs you a bomb, in addition you have to purchase the Keyboard Cover at Rs. 8499. Overall performance is good, but it is hard to recommend it considering the price. If it was priced 10 to 15K lesser, then it would have been bang for the buck.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is indeed the best premium tablet in the Android platform as of now, giving a tough competition to its arch rival Apple’s iPad. This slate has an amazing build quality, good overall performance, decent camera and much improved S-Pen. But on the other side, its pricing is a huge let down as it costs you a bomb, in addition you have to purchase the Keyboard Cover at Rs. 8499. Overall performance is good, but it is hard to recommend it considering the price. If it was priced 10 to 15K lesser, then it would have been bang for the buck.

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NDTV

An extremely niche device

from NDTV

The Galaxy Tab S3 is light and easy to carry around, and could be a fun travel companion or a way to get some work done. It's much less expensive than a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with cellular data plus an Apple Pencil, but the iOS ecosystem is still more tablet-friendly. Plus, the usage experience is more polished overall with an iPad. You'll be happy with the Galaxy Tab S3 if it's a secondary or even tertiary device, and there are a number of people who can afford that kind of indulgence. If you don't need a stylus, the non-Pro iPad (2017) could serve well too.

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The Galaxy Tab S3 is light and easy to carry around, and could be a fun travel companion or a way to get some work done. It's much less expensive than a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with cellular data plus an Apple Pencil, but the iOS ecosystem is still more tablet-friendly. Plus, the usage experience is more polished overall with an iPad. You'll be happy with the Galaxy Tab S3 if it's a secondary or even tertiary device, and there are a number of people who can afford that kind of indulgence. If you don't need a stylus, the non-Pro iPad (2017) could serve well too.

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Digit

Slim design, vibrant display

from Digit

If you are looking for a tablet with a good display and good battery life, and running on Android, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. It is a worthy contender to the iPad Pro and boasts of a slim profile and attractive design. The highlight of the device is the display and battery life, the downside is the slightly buggy software.

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If you are looking for a tablet with a good display and good battery life, and running on Android, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. It is a worthy contender to the iPad Pro and boasts of a slim profile and attractive design. The highlight of the device is the display and battery life, the downside is the slightly buggy software.

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The Indian Express

The best Android tablet you can buy

from The Indian Express

The Galaxy Tab S3 is no doubt a great entertainment device. It get many things right, especially when it comes to consuming content. For example, the 9.7-inch display is simply the best I’ve ever seen on a tablet. I also really like the implementation of the S Pen; and yes, it comes in the box, so you won’t have to pay extra to get it. The overall performance and the quality of sound from the quad speakers is okay, if not the best.

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The Galaxy Tab S3 is no doubt a great entertainment device. It get many things right, especially when it comes to consuming content. For example, the 9.7-inch display is simply the best I’ve ever seen on a tablet. I also really like the implementation of the S Pen; and yes, it comes in the box, so you won’t have to pay extra to get it. The overall performance and the quality of sound from the quad speakers is okay, if not the best.

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Phandroid

Puts the “retina display” on the iPad to shame

from Phandroid

All-in-all, if you’re looking to replace your everyday computer for tasks such as word processing and the like, the Galaxy Tab S3 will be just fine. If you’re looking for something to sketch or draw on, the Tab S3 would also be suitable for that too. However, when it comes to image editing and things like that, you might be better off sticking with your current computer and use the Tab S3 for other things.

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All-in-all, if you’re looking to replace your everyday computer for tasks such as word processing and the like, the Galaxy Tab S3 will be just fine. If you’re looking for something to sketch or draw on, the Tab S3 would also be suitable for that too. However, when it comes to image editing and things like that, you might be better off sticking with your current computer and use the Tab S3 for other things.

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VR-Zone

As premium as it gets

from VR-Zone

I absolutely loved the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, it is a pricey buy and it makes you wonder if it is better off getting a convertible instead. That is without doubt a valid question, but for those of you who value the lite-feel of an Android device and quite literally a light tablet to carry around, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the most powerful tablet that is probably the only thing that comes close to matching up to convertible laptops in terms of speed power and functionality in the market, of course, not to mention its astounding beauty as well.

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I absolutely loved the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, it is a pricey buy and it makes you wonder if it is better off getting a convertible instead. That is without doubt a valid question, but for those of you who value the lite-feel of an Android device and quite literally a light tablet to carry around, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the most powerful tablet that is probably the only thing that comes close to matching up to convertible laptops in terms of speed power and functionality in the market, of course, not to mention its astounding beauty as well.

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Techgoondu

The top Android tablet now

from Techgoondu

All in, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a nice upgrade over the previous offerings from Samsung, which seems to be the only Android device maker still putting out premium tablets regularly. Sure, the lack of competition means the new tablet easily takes the crown as the best Android tablet for consumers today. Having said that, the improved audio capabilities and features like quick charging mean that this is a significant upgrade over the tablet you’re still holding in your hands now.

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All in, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a nice upgrade over the previous offerings from Samsung, which seems to be the only Android device maker still putting out premium tablets regularly. Sure, the lack of competition means the new tablet easily takes the crown as the best Android tablet for consumers today. Having said that, the improved audio capabilities and features like quick charging mean that this is a significant upgrade over the tablet you’re still holding in your hands now.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 24, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.15 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/32 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time 12 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 8 hours
3G Surfing Time 8 hours
4G Surfing Time 8 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.7 x 16.9 x 0.6 cm (9.3 x 6.7 x 0.2 in)
Weight 429 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 265 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Hyperlapse, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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