Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (SM-T819) may look a lot like the Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (SM-T819) may look a lot like the Galaxy Tab S2
Last year's Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 might soon get successors - most probably called Galaxy Tab S3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S3 9.7.

Not long ago, we heard that the upcoming Tab S3 slates should be powered by Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, while sporting 1536 x 2048 pixels displays (obviously measuring 8 inches and 9.7 inches, respectively). The tablets are also expected to feature 3 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear cameras, 2 MP front-facing cameras, and at least 32 GB of internal memory. Save for the newer processor, these specs are pretty much identical to those of the Galaxy S2 series.

Of course, the Galaxy Tab S3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 will run Android Marshmallow out of the box, but what about their design? Well, according to a sketch published by the FCC, which recently approved the Tab S3 9.7 (model number SM-T819), the new slates may look a lot like the S2 tablets. Or at least that's what we can assume seeing the Tab S3 9.7 blueprint included below.

The FCC reveals that the Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 features AT&T-compatible LTE (bands 2, 4, and 17), so maybe the second largest US carrier will launch the tablet at some point. We'll let you know more about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy slates when new info arrives.

source: FCC via Roland Quandt (Twitter)



1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Ahem.. iPad pro

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung already have notePRO tablet line to battle with iPad pro (still no newer version tough) while this one only serve as midranger tablet

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I'm talking about the new iPad pro.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

Then try speaking in complete sentences so what you're trying to say is more obvious.

43. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Better stop smoking crack Brady.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't ever forget that Apple invented rectangles with rounded corners and a screen in front of it.

44. jdmillest

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

might as well add glass front and glass back, oh and also aluminum, metal. seems like any android phone that comes out with it way before apple did it and now seems to copy them.

24. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

No thanks... Android > iOS.

2. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Am I the only one confused by the thinking behind the Samsung tablets? Why does Samsung refuse to put the more powerful Snapdragon/Exynos CPU chipsets and GPUs in their tablets? I would think that the tablets need more CPU/GPU processing power than the phones.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Maybe they'll sell them cheaper than the ipad pro and they would just want to compete with ipad air 2

16. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Because Samsung doesn't know how to make tablets. They only know how to make phones.

25. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

It took years for Apple to finally bring out multitasking; Samsung's been doing it for years. Multitasking is a no-brainer on a big screen. Samsung doesn't know how to make tablets? Or is it Apple...

36. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

We have a Galaxy Tab S2 in the house and oh boy compared to the iPad Air it is utterly garbage. Just lagging all the time a little bit and so much less fun to use because of that than the iPad Air.

42. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Thank you MrHate. As a Tab S owner, I doubt you even have one. My younger sister's iPad is a joke / toy compared to the TAb S.

45. jdmillest

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

what so fun about ipad?

35. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I'm confused by their lineup too. IMO Tab A and Budget Tab should be the standard. Samsung should include powerful components in Tab A. Tab E is a waste along with others.

5. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

They are making a cheaper alternatives to ipad, because lets admit it, its very expensive. Knowing that people rather want to buy a laptop than a tablet nowadays, nobody would buy a tablet if its price higher or equal to a tablet except if youre a fanboy though.

6. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

You're sure everyone would rather buy a laptop? I mean, I would, but there's still a strong market for tablets. It's just that, like laptops, people aren't prone to updating them very often. This seems more like an attempt to price themselves below Apple to come off as an attractive alternative, not a direct move to fight the laptop market.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Great post!!!

15. AlikMalix unregistered

@havoc Why is iPad the best selling tablet? everyone of those millions on people is a fanboy, or did my grandma is an isheep? Well? (cue the Apple advertising drivel)

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Weaker GPU than it's predecessor..... Why is it only apple that cares about the tablet market (not including windows tablets). It wouldn't hurt Samsung to release a 16:10 or 3:2 tablet with a good design, 4 Mongoose cores & 4 A35s with a T880MP16.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No its not, the Adreno 510 is acually slightly better the M-T760 MP6, not enough to be considered and upgrade of course. (don't worry I picked the best scores for each on a QHD screen) Idk why Sammy doesn't care about it's tablets, they should have tried to get the Tegra X1 for their next flagship tablet.

18. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Based on that comparison, the Exynos 5433 GPU is actually a bit faster in Manhattan and T-Rex, as is visible in the offscreen (1080p) scores. Keep in mind that the Note Edge pushes a 2560x1600 native resolution while th P008 just sports 2048x1536, thus the former having to render 30% more pixels natively, while the difference in GFXBench is far less than that.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

20. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Mali-T760? Doesn't the Galaxy Note Edge feature a Snapdragon 805 chipset? GSMArena says 2.7 GHz quad-core Krait 450 and Adreno 420. WTF

21. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Still apples and oranges. Not sure why you keep comparing a 2560x1600 onscreen resolution with a 2048x1536 one. That's still a 30% extra GPU taxation for the former. Hence why offscreen is more telling here too.

22. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Here's the S3 vs S2 : Same resolution and thus both onscreen and offscreen results are equal or better for the Mali in the S2 for Manhattan and T-Rex. Based on the name, it seems like an S2 Light though.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fact is, I don't give a damn about the Galaxy tab or it's SOCs so i'm done.

37. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Offscreen scores are what matters when we compare GPU, on screens are more useful for device to device comparisons.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Samsung needs to step up their tablet game because these aren't even close to competing with the iPad Air 2 and definitely not the new Pro. The iPad's soc just destroys everything else, perhaps Samsung should be looking to Nvidia for the X1 instead of Qualcomm and their Sd652 for their new tablets. I know a tablet isn't suppose to replace a laptop but it should at least be more powerful than your phone.

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