Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7″ VS Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ – Unbiased Comparison

Galaxy Tab S3

As we all know, the Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest addition to the Galaxy Tab S series but not Samsung’s flagship for the year 2017, lit is then imperative that we compare it to some other devices, for this showdown, it would be the Asus Zenpad 3S 10″.

Zenpad 3S

The Zenpad 3S 10″ is a great device from Asus, released around August 2016, got a lot of attention from Asus’ customers. It was indeed a great device.

Without much delay, let’s quickly go through the 4 rounds of head-to-head battle. Ladies and Gents, enjoy the show…

Round 1: Display, Storage and Platform

The Galaxy Tab S3 features a 9.7 inches Super AMOLED display with 264 ppi pixels density and 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. Graphics are sharp and crystal clear, consumes lesser battery and easier to use outdoors.

As a counterattack, the Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ comes with exactly the same display features except that its LCD is IPS, not Super AMOLED.

The Zenpad 3S is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Tab S3, so it has more space dedicated to the display – 74.% as against the Tab S3’s 72.4% and it weighs just a gram more.

While the Galaxy Tab s3 comes with just 32GB of internal storage, the Zenpad 3S comes in two, 32GB and 64GB versions. However, both tabs feature 4GB of RAM and expandable memory support of up to 256GB.


While the Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ runs MediaTek – as you might have imagined, the Galaxy Tab S3 sports Qualcomm’s.

The Zenpad 3S 10″ packs the MediaTek MT8176 chipset, 64-bit Hexa-core (2×2.1 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) CPU and Mali GPU combo. That’s an efficient device we have here.

The Galaxy Tab S3 on the other hand packs Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset.

It sports a 64 bit Quad-Core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) CPU with Adreno 506 GPU. That’s good too.

Both phones run on the all known Android OS. The Galaxy Tab s3 comes shipped with Android Nougat out of the box while the Zenpad 3S ships with Android Marshmallow which now is upgradable to Nougat. That’s equal strength.

Round 2: Camera and Media

The Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ comes with the 5MP front and 8MP rear camera combo. its pictures are bright and clean when used in a well-lit environment but performs very poorly in lowlight due to black of a flashlight

The Galaxy Tab S3? It features the 13MP rear plus 5MP front camera combo. It has LED flashs available for both cameras so you have no issue with lighting.

For both devices, camera features include geo-tagging, autofocus, touch focus, flashlight and f/1.9 aperture (for the galaxy tab), face detection, panorama and a few others.

The media? There’s not so much big deal here.

We have photo viewer and editor, video player and recorder, 3.5mm Jack for headphones, loud speaker, music player and FM radio.

Next, please.

Round 3: Battery and Comms

To the battery. Ohhh…. This is my favourite part. I love to say “bad battery makes any smartphone a dullphone”.

The Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ sports a whopping 5900mAh non removable Li-po battery. Theoretically, it lasts up to 10 hours on multimedia usage.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab s3 on the other hand sports a 6000mAh non removable battery, not so stronger but it’s slightly fair.

For some people in the IT industry – and heavy users generally, those batteries are not so much for one to be impressed because they will be powering 9.7″ devices with awesome displays but if you’re an average user, you will be happy about it.


For the Galaxy Tab S3, we have Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi direct, Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP, USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, magnetic connector, 2G, 3G and 4G.

The Zenpad 3S K500M is a WiFi device, so there’s no mobile network and neither is there Hotspot. But the K500KL is mobile network enabled so it has pretty much what the Tab s3 has but neither of these Asus devices come with the magnetic connector.

Round 4: Price

No matter how much one loves a thing, affordability is what determines whether it’s worth considering or not.

The Asus Zenpad 3S 10″ costs just $300, that’s a cheap one for a device of it’s class. The Samsung Galaxy Tab s3 on the other hand costs about $500. Close to an iPad Pro 9.7″. That may be tagged “expensive” for certain people but it’s way better than the Zenpad 3S.


I think these devices are just good in their different ways. The Samsung galaxy Tab has a battery with a hundred mAh more than the Asus Zenpad and it has better camera features as well but then, it’s an expensive one. And besides, the Zenpad 3S 10″ is higher on storage with a 64gb ROM version.

Getting one these devices?? I suggest you go for the Galaxy Tab s3 if you want more functionality and will be taking a lot of pictures. But if you want basic features and have a kinda low budget, then I suggest you go for the Zenpas 3S 10″.

Wanna have a look at some other tablets?? Then you might find these tabs from Lenovo interesting, the Apple iPad Pro (2017) is also an awesome device and you can also check the Acer Iconia Tab 10″.

On any one you’re buying, I advice you watch what you buy and mind where you buy… Have fun.

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