Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review, Price and Alternative Device.

Released in April 2017, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7″ was one of the devices released into the Galaxy Tab series, among which was the Galaxy Tab A 8.0″

The Galaxy Tab S3 9.7″ was preceded by the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″. A device released in 2016 with awesome features like Super AMOLED display, Android 6.0 upgradable to 7.0 and 5870mAhh battery.

Running Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 with Octa-Core CPU alongside Adreno 510 GPU, the Tab 2 was an efficient device with topnotch display capacity. The battery however, ought to be stronger than that.

Since the Tab S2 came like that, the Tab S3 must come with a few better features. Let’s have a quick look at it.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Quick Specs

Network 3G | 4G
Display 9.7 IPS LCD with capacitive touchscreen
1536 x 2048 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~264 ppi density)
Software Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor Chip set — Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820CPU — Quad-core 2.0GHz, Cortex-A53
GPU — Adreno 530
Memory 4GB RAM | 32GB ROM | 256GB sdCard support
Camera Front — 5 MP (f/2.2, 23mm)
Rear — 13 MP (f/1.9, 27mm)
Battery Non removable Li-ion, 6000mAh

That’s the basic information about this device, a summary of the breakdown below.

Display, Storage and Platform

The Galaxy Tab S3 Plus straps on a 9.7″ Super AMOLED display with capacitive touchscreen on a 237.3 x 169 x 6 mm body while it weighs 429g for the WiFi model and 434g for the cellular model. Much lighter than Apple 9.7″ device.

This Tab has notably big bezels and borders, thereby giving just 72.7% of its face to the display, that’s 4:3 ratio.

Featuring 274 ppi pixels density and 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution on almost a 10 inches LCD, the display turns out to be of the midlevel. It’s great though.

Moving on to the platform, it runs Android 7.0 on Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset which contains Quad-core CPU (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo). And for the graphics, it’s Adreno 530, seen in most Qualcomm-powered devices nowadays.

Camera and Media

For the camera, It sports a 5mp lens as the front camera, no flash, so you have to be in a well-lit environment to use it – mostly for video calls, not snapping. And for the rear camera, a 13MP lens and a LED flash fixed beside it.

For the media aspect, we have our Audio player, Video Player, Sound recorder, Video recorder (2160p@30fps), Photo shooter, Photo editor, 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Battery and Comms

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Plus features a whopping 6000mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery, not much better than the Tab S2’s battery.

Long hours of usage is guaranteed – theoretically up to 10 hours of usage while on 3G.

Comms? 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 and magnetic connector, 3G and 4G.

Galaxy Tab S3 Plus Price in Nigeria

As at the time of writing this article, the Galaxy Tab S3 Plus is between £500 – £550. That’s between #220,000 – #250,000

Alternative Device

Based on the price, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ (2017) is close, you can also go for its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 2 9.7″ (2016). If you won’t mind getting an Apple device, you can go for the iPad Pro 9.7″ (2017) although it’s more expensive. For a cheaper device, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the perfect device.

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