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Samsung set to unveil its new Galaxy Tab S3 to take on Apple’s iPad

Samsung has put the dramas of the Note7 behind it and will finally be updating its Galaxy tablet line-up with a new device that looks set to challenge Apple’s popular iPad and iPad Pro.

The electronics giant was due to unveil the highly-anticipated Galaxy Tab S3 at the IFA trade show in September last year.

And it was at that time when the Note7 issues were beginning to surface.

But now the company is ready to move forward with the Galaxy Tab S3 which is expected to be Samsung’s main offering at the upcoming Mobile World Congress which kicks off at the end of February.

Samsung has made it clear that it will not be releasing the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 smartphones at MWC despite using last year’s even to introduce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the world.

Instead it will focus its attention on the Galaxy Tab S3 which will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and be available in 9.7-inch and 8-inch models.


The Super AMOLED displays are expected to have a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

No word yet on the physical specs but the previous model – the Galaxy Tab S2 which was released in 2015 – was just 5.6mm thick and making it the world’s thinnest tablet at that time.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

So can we expect Samsung to go even thinner with the Galaxy Tab S3?

The device will reportedly have 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage with an expandable memory card slot and a SIM card slot to connect the device to the 4G network.

We’re also expecting a fingerprint reader in the home button and USB-C connectivity – the second Samsung device to include this port after the now deceased Note7 smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was just 5.6mm thick

On the camera side, the Tab S3 will have a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which starts on February 27.