Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 release date, specs: Upcoming tablet to be launched in early 2017?

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Samsung fans waited for the company to unveil the new Galaxy Tab S3 last September, as the current device, the Galaxy Tab S2, was released on Sept. 3, 2015. But the Galaxy Tab S3 was a no-show at the event which saw the launch of the company’s now infamous Galaxy Note 7. However, new reports claim that the tablet will be released in only a matter of months, and it is rumored to be announced alongside Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8.

It was claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could be released at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in February. Neurogadget notes that the tech event seems like the perfect time to make the announcement, but if the tablet does not make an appearance at MWC, it’s likely that the Galaxy Tab S3 could be released next summer.

According to reports, there are two Galaxy Tab S3 models which will be launched next year, bearing the model numbers SM-TB825 and SM-TB820. It is believed that one version will be a Wi-Fi only variant, while the other will be the LTE device.

The Galaxy Tab S3 is rumored to come in 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions, and both devices will have AMOLED screens and a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. It is expected that the device will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 octa-core chip, which is the same processor found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The tablet is also said to have 4 GB of random access memory (RAM) and will likely come in 32 GB and 64 GB internal memory options.

The device will have an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablets are also expected to have a thin metallic design, just like last year’s Galaxy Tab S2.

No details have been released with regard to pricing, but it is estimated that the upcoming tablet will start at about $249.99 for the 8-inch version. Stay tuned for more news about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.