The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the best Android tablet right now. Samsung announced it during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in spring 2017. It comes with a high resolution 9.7-inch display, has very powerful internal hardware and runs Googles latest 7.0 Nougat operating system. While it is quite expensive it also comes with the S-Pen stylus at no extra charge. In the US prices start at around 500 dollars.
Update: You can already get its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Highlights
- Outstanding 9.7-inch Super-AMOLED high-resolution display
- Best performance of all Android tablets we reviewed
- Runs Android 7.0 Nougat and good TouchWiz UI
- S-Pen Stylus and pen software features are included
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: What you’re getting
While the Galaxy Tab S3 does still not have a full metal body the build quality is very high. It has an aluminium bezel with a glass back similar to the Galaxy S8 smartphone. On the back sits a 13-megapixel rear camera with an integrated LED flash. On the side are volume controls, a power button and a micrSD card slot. On the front is a 5-megapixel front camera above the display and home, back and multitasking buttons beneath the panel. Samsung integrated a fingerprint reader into the home button which lets you unlock the tablet easily.
On the sites are four speakers which offer a pretty good quality for a device like this. There’s a USB Typ C port as well and a headset jack.
The Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch display with a very high resolution at 2048 x 1536. It’s a Super AMOLED display that is even readable in direct sunlight. Inside runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 which is not the newest chip out there but offers the best performance of all Android tablets we tested up to summer 2017. We’re also getting 4GB of RAM and an internal storage with a capacity of 32GB. You can get it as a WiFi only or Wifi + LTE version. If you’re getting the 4G Galaxy Tab S3 you’ll be able to make phone calls with a headset.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and optional LTE 4G. If you’re getting the LTE version you’ll be able to make phone calls as well. The battery has a capacity of 6000mAh and lasts up to 12 hours in our battery test.
|Tablet||Samsung Galaxy Tab S3|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Display||9.7-inch AMOLED 2048 x 1536|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, LTE|
|Charging||USB Typ C, Fast Charging|
|Dimensions||237.3 x 169 x 6 mm|
Android 7.0 Nougat and TouchWiz
The Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsungs first tablet to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. On top of it sits their own UI called TouchWiz. The interface is quite nice and almost identical to the ones of previous tablets like the two year older Galaxy Tab S2.
During my time with the tablet Android did run very smoothly. I could browse the web inside the Chrome browser without any problems and the performance is perfect for games. Flipboard is integrated into the home screen which I didn’t like that much but you can deactivate it inside the settings. Want to know more about the software? Watch our tips and tricks in the video section below.
The S-Pen: Everything you need to know
The S-Pen stylus is included when you get the Galaxy Tab S3. It’s a lot bigger compared to the pens we’re getting with the Galaxy Note series which is very nice. The new S-Pen has the same size as a normal pen which makes it much easier to hold and use for longer periods of time. Unlike the Surface Pen from Microsoft or MatePen from Huawei it’s completely made out of plastic though.
With the stylus there are a lot of software features integrated into this tablet. With the so called Samsung Notes app you can take down handwritten notes or draw something. There’s handwriting recognition build into the keyboard as well. Another nice feature: If you press the button of the pen and touch the display while it’s turned off you can immediately start to write notes. Yes, even without unlocking the device first.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Videos
We’ve been spending a lot of time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Here are a couple of video with this tablet including our review, tips and tricks and closer looks at the keyboard and S-Pen.
Where to buy the Galaxy Tab S3
You can buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 almost everywhere worldwide. It’s available in the United States, all over Europe and in most countries in Asia as well including India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.
- Very nice display
- Great Performance
- S-Pen stylus is included
- Good battery life
- Very expensive
- Fingerprints visible on the back easily
- Glass instead of metal back
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