Samsung is expected to launch its Galaxy Tab S3 in the coming months, and according to a post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo earlier today, the device will be powered by the Exynos 7420 SoC and will ship with 4GB of RAM. The tipster, who goes by the username Kenneth_Lai on the Chinese social networking site, also mentions that the upcoming slate will be offered in two different variants – a Wi-Fi-only model (SM-T820) and one with LTE connectivity (SM-T825). Both versions will also apparently support UFS2.0 storage and USB Type-C ports. They’ll also reportedly have a fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical Home button. There’s no further info on the hardware right now, but earlier rumors had suggested that it may be launched in the current quarter.
The Galaxy Tab S3 has been rumored fairly often in the past few weeks. The device recently received its Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance and its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG. However, as is usually the case, neither listing revealed anything related to the hardware specs of the upcoming tablet. The device was also apparently imported into India for testing purposes, as was revealed by a listing on India’s import and export tracking website, Zauba, last November. The Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to replace Samsung’s aging Galaxy Tab S2, which was launched as far back as in September 2015. The new device was originally expected to be launched late last year, but that never really happened, with all the well-documented problems the company has had to go through over the past few months.
Either way, now that the Galaxy Tab S3 looks set to finally get a commercial launch, it will be interesting to see when exactly Samsung takes the wraps off of the device officially. Now that the South Korean firm has finally released the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires, it does have some time on its hand before the launch of the Galaxy S8. So it won’t be surprising if the rumored timeframe for the Tab S3 launch does turn out to be accurate. However, it’s worth noting that there’s no official ETA for the launch, nor is there any word on how much it will cost.