Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7

7.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


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


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


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

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.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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

Based on 24 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…

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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 (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Samsung’s iPad killer is back more powerful than ever

from Softpedia
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is without a doubt a stunning device that’s pretty much the best rival Apple’s standard iPad could get. And although it could also work with a keyboard to offer better productivity, it’s still far from what Microsoft’s Surface lineup can offer, so it makes more sense for Samsung to concentrate on the tablet market and target the 2-in-1 at a later time with a dedicated device in this regard... Full review

Finely crafted design, powerful AV capabilities and high-end tablet specs

from TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet to date, headlined by an HDR-ready screen, four powerful speakers and an upgraded S Pen that’s included in the box, although you’re going to have to pay for the keyboard. Just don’t expect to see much HDR video content right away, or have Android meet all of your 2-in-1 tablet needs next to a similarly priced laptop... Full review

Premium Android tablet

from Recombu
We enjoyed our time with the Galaxy Tab S3, even if the design is quite old fashioned and the keyboard dock is an extra expense. That S Pen stylus is the winning feature, offering creative users an effortless tool for laying down whatever comes to mind. Combined with the slick performance, gorgeous display and long battery life, this is a definite rival to the iPad and Surface Pro tablets... Full review
IT Pro

Best Android tablet around but still not a match for the iPad

from IT Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet on the market by a clear distance. The design is gorgeous, the S Pen is the best stylus implementation ever to grace an Android device, and Samsung's trademark gorgeous display gives you a crisp and clear view of whatever you're doing... Full review

One for everything

from Notebookcheck
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 LTE is a very good tablet, which does not rely on modern high-end hardware across the board (as with the Apple iPad 2017), but the overall package is very compelling... Full review
The Inquirer

Stunning screen, excellent pen support and good speakers

from The Inquirer
It's fast, stable and looks good. That said, it does make it an overpriced one, and until that changes, I'm hard pressed to recommend it to anyone unless they really want pen input... Full review
Chip Chick

A fantastic tablet

from Chip Chick
Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is most useful as a home entertainment device, and with a top-notch display and sound system, it’s perfectly suited for that purpose. If that’s what you’re looking for in a tablet, this is the one you want — especially if you’re intrigued by support for future HDR10 content... Full review

Fast and good-looking

from V3

So far, I've neglected to mention the price: £599 for the WiFi version, and £679 if you want 4G, too. That's a massive chunk of cash for a tablet that's left me nothing short of conflicted. On the one hand, it has the best pen input available on any tablet in my opinion - and yes, that includes the iPad Pro. It also has a killer screen and some very good speakers. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 though and want more of the same in tablet form, you'll want to avoid the Tab S3 thanks to its incongruent UI, design and the lack of Bixby. If you want a respectable amount of inter... Full review


The most beautiful Android tablet money can buy

from Alphr
If you want an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3 is decent alternative to the Pixel C. It’s faster, comes with stylus compatibility and a stylus in the box, and the option to add a keyboard as well. But as a productivity device, it’s far more expensive; bought with the keyboard cover it’s £120 more expensive than the Pixel C with its keyboard and, as always, you'll get more frequent software updates with Google's product... Full review

Perfect entertainment... for a price

from Pocket-lint
Of all the reasons to buy the Tab S3 it's the 9.7-inch AMOLED screen's great quality and brightness that comes out on top. Its ability to display HDR (high dynamic range) content gives it future-proofing to assure its place as the entertainment tablet king. It's just a shame there's no mobile HDR content available at present, which if you're buying this tablet as exactly that - a tablet - might negate your primary reason for opening your wallet quite so wide right now... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date March 24, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
No cellular data
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 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Stylus, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 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
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, Silver, White
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
(15.1 ounces)
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) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services No
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
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
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 MPEG-4
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 MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
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
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Netflix, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments
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