Along with the Galaxy Book parts being launched today, Samsung also announced the next generation of Galaxy Tab. The S3 is also an iterative design, with what Samsung believes is the premium Android tablet available in the market. Starting with the Snapdragon 820 SoC, featuring Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores, the headline message for the S3 is support for HDR 8-bit content as well as a 6000 mAh battery and support for fast charging technology.

Aside from the SoC, the tablet is set to be offered in a 4GB DRAM and 64GB storage option, with a microSD card allowing for another 256GB. Wireless, aside from the 2x2 802.11ac inside, comes via an LTE Cat.6 modem, good for 300 Mbps downlink speed. There is also support for BEIDOU and GALILEO location detection services.

The 9.7-inch display uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology, with a resolution of 2048x1536, and uses quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG/Harman. Similar to the Galaxy Book, Samsung is promoting its latest ‘Flow’ technology, allowing biometric login for wirelessly tethered devices, and the new S Pen with ‘screen off’ note taking functionality. These are built upon Android 7.0, which along with the SoC is engineered for 4K60 video playback.

The camera setup is similar to the 12-inch Galaxy Book, with a 13MP rear sensor with auto-focus and a 5MP front sensor (other details should emerge on these. Samsung is listing the weight at around a pound for the S3 (434g in LTE mode), and the unit comes with a kickstand.

We’re awaiting more details on the hardware and the implementation, hopefully coming through the press event that’s starting as I’m writing this news post. We’ll hopefully get pricing and availability information too.

Edit: All Tab S3 units will come with the S-Pen as standard, and Samsung are partnering with Staedtler to provide a special S Pen called Noris Digital in the traditional school pencil style.

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  • R. Hunt - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    No edge, but they couldn't resist putting the dumb glass back there.

    Crazy price as well.
  • kenansadhu - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    Has the price been announced?
  • R. Hunt - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    Not officially, no. But a retailer in the UK has it already listed at £600. Granted, it could be just an error but I'm not holding my breath.
  • abufrejoval - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - link

    Agree, glass is plain stupid: Unfortunately most customers buy tablets with their eyes not their heads and Samsung shamelessly exploits the weakness of the women that can't help wanting beautiful things which look clean. I'd just put rubber all around it, if only to make sure my women won't take it away from me ;-)
  • damianrobertjones - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    The HDR marketing train arrives to tablets.
  • lilmoe - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Hey, HDR is nice, for once.
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - link

    Software HDR, messing up with the original source colors, like "vivid mode".
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - link

    That's true for my GS7e, but on the Note7 it was a different story. I've compared both with HDR file samples, and the Note7's implementation was far from software only.
  • UtilityMax - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    These are fine specs. The tablet was probably worth waiting for. Hopefully, the reviews will be good.
  • UtilityMax - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Dear anandtech crew, you have been ignoring newer Android tablets lately. The Huawei Mediapad M3 and Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus haven't been reviewed yet. Hopefully, you'll post a review of this S3 soon...

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