Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Hands-On Review

After 18 months the Tab S2 was first released in September 2015, Samsung has officially revealed the Galaxy Tab S3. The tablet comes back in variants only Wi-Fi or with a SIM card slot for LTE connection. Here are our first impressions of latest tablet from the Korean manufacturer.


The design of the Galaxy Tab S3 is virtually similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2, as measuring in at 9.7-inches and the new tablet continues to use the iPad 4:3 ratio format. The frame of the tablet is made of metal, which absolutely brings a sturdy feeling. But one important thing you should note that the tablet is not water resistance.

The fingerprint sensor is still embedded inside the mechanical home button, and it can be seen Samsung traditional design. In this new Galaxy Tab tablet,  it’s finally combined all the main strengths of the Samsung tablets when both the S-Pen and the Bluetooth keyboard are included in the complete package.


The tablet features a high 2,048 x 1,536 resolution display on a 9.7-inch display, which gives it a pixel of density 264 ppi. Also, the Super AMOLED panel provides it for maximum contrast and crisp colors. The 4:3 format supplies black bars at the top and bottom when you watch movies, but in portrait format, it is like as a real eBook page. If you use the S-Pen attached with the Tab S3, you can easily adjust the sensitivity of the contact response on the tablet.


The hardware installed on the Galaxy Tab S3 is claimed to bring a great level of performance to the Galaxy S7. The tablet will be absolutely an ideal device for gamers, as it supported all games well and did not heat up to a dangerous level. The Tab S3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad core SoC, clocked at 2.15 GHz with Adreno 530 GPU. Moreover, it seems that Samsung continues to appeal to the gamers as the Tab S3 is already pre-installed both the game mode and Game Explorer, which  will improve the gaming experience by stopping notifications and adding features like screen recording and simultaneous recording with the Selfie Cam that makes the Tab S3 the ideal tablet for gaming. As for memory, the tablet will include 4 GB of RAM, along 32 GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expandable up to 256 GB via microSD.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 pre-installed Android 7.0 Nougat with the Grace UX interface, so key features such as multi-window mode have, of course, been added. This feature has already been available in previous Samsung tablets, but it’s now optimized. Therefore, you can now hope a better user experience, but we’ll need a time to get a full review of the Tab S3.

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Camera is not one of the main factors when buying a tablet,  but Samsung has still íntaled a good hardware to the photo enthusiasts. There is a 12 MP camera with f1.9 aperture instead of the 8MP on the Tab S2 at the back. On front is a 5MP camera, which is suitable for simple snapshots inside or outdoors, or if video calls are possible even in difficult light conditions.


It’s pity if we don’t talk about the Audio on the Galaxy Tab S3. The tablet comes equipped the four built-in loudspeakers of the H & K subsidiary AKG to ensure full sound. When you rotate the screen, the stereo distribution of the speakers also follows accordingly.


The Tab S3 is powered by a 6,000 mAh non-removable battery, which should give up to 12 hours of heavy usage and then can be recharged quickly with the support of Adaptive Fast Charge and USB Type-C port.

That’s all for our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. For more details, keep visiting as a full review will not be far off in the future.