Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 release date, news and rumors

Samsung's making another flagship slate

Update: Originally rumored for IFA 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was likely delayed after the Note 7 recall and is now set for a release in 2017.

Android tablets may feel like a dying beast but the latest rumors suggest Samsung hasn't given up on them just yet.

Samsung is set to make a follow-up to 2015's Galaxy Tab S2 with the – you guessed it – Galaxy Tab S3. We gave the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 four stars citing a lighter design, the 4:3 display ratio and improved TouchWiz software as the highlights.

It wasn't without issues though as the spec upgrade was only small and we weren't all that impressed by the battery life. But the Galaxy Tab S2 is still in second place in our best tablets list - so if Samsung gives it some impressive upgrades for the Tab S3 it may be ready to take the top spot.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung's latest flagship Android tablet
  • When is it out? Maybe MWC 2017
  • What will it cost? Expect it to start at $399, £319, AU$499. It'll be more for higher storage versions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 release date

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2 in July 2015, but didn't release the tablet until September.

An official listing on the support section of Samsung's website referenced the Galaxy Tab S3 suggesting it would be ready to be released in September 2016 - but there was no official news. We even thought it might appear at IFA 2016 but in the end there was nothing.

There was also no word at CES 2017 so the next logical date is MWC 2017 - that's at the end of February. The tablet has also received its official Bluetooth certification, but that doesn't confirm when we'll see the slate released.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs and rumors

Not much is known about the spec of the Galaxy Tab S3, but a leaked picture from a trusted source seemingly confirms the design of the new tablet.

And shock, it looks quite a lot like the Galaxy Tab S2 did. There's a home button at the bottom of the front of the screen, the 4:3 display ratio is still around and it's a plastic back once again.

We quite liked the design of the Galaxy Tab S2, so this isn't much of a problem. But we'd like to see a spec upgrade inside the tablet to make it a worthwhile update.

Tab S3

The pictures just show one size of the tablet, though it's rumored that there will be both an 8-inch and 9.7-inch version like there was on the Galaxy Tab S2.

One rumor suggests it'll boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and 32GB of storage. Leaked benchmarks also gave the tablet a multi-core score of 4,275 – which is lower than the Galaxy S7, but still impressive.

Another rumor points toward the Galaxy Tab S3 coming with an 8MP rear camera and 2MP on the front for your selfies.

The tablet has also received its official Bluetooth certification, so we can pretty much gurantee the tablet will come with the wireless tech on board.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price

The price of the Galaxy Tab S3 will come down to a lot of factors. The Galaxy Tab S2 cost $399, £319, AU$499 for the smallest storage size and 8-inch version of the tablet.

It was $499, £399, AU$599 for the 32GB 9.7-inch version of the tablet. We'd expect similar pricing this year, but there may be a few differences and it'll likely be even more if you go for a larger storage size model.


James is Phones, Wearables and Tablets writer for TechRadar and covers all the big announcements from the best manufacturers making gadgets for your palms, wrists and face. Based in London, James is often testing out the latest and greatest phones, smartwatches, VR headsets and - when he can be motivated to go outside - fitness bands. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest from the mobile world.