A device that seems to be the Galaxy Tab S3 intended for the Chinese market was recently certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Whereas the recently announced Android-powered tablet bears the model number SM-T825, the device that now passed through the FCC is labeled as the SM-T825C. It's still unclear why the U.S. agency would certify a tablet that's meant for another market, but given how the Galaxy Tab S2 that launched in China bore the model number SM-T815C, the device in question is almost certainly its successor. Furthermore, the certificate indicates that the Galaxy Tab S3 will also launch in Taiwan and Hong Kong seeing how that's where Samsung released its previous flagship tablet.
The South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer recently announced that the Galaxy Tab S3 will launch in Germany, so the company may also soon confirm its upcoming availability in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. On the other hand, the company asked for a six-month confidentiality period from the FCC for the aforementioned model, indicating that it may not be ready to officially debut the certified device before the second half of the year. The international variant of the Galaxy Tab S3 was announced at the latest iteration of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung's latest tablet features a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1536 by 2048 pixels and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip (SoC). The Galaxy Tab S3 sports 4GB of RAM and at least 32GB of internal storage which is expandable thanks to its microSD card slot. Regarding its imaging capabilities, the device is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front one. All of that hardware is powered by a 6,000mAh battery, while the device itself is running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, enhanced with Samsung's proprietary user interface.
The Galaxy Tab S3 is already available for pre-orders in several European countries, though the tablet has yet to launch anywhere in the world. Regardless, Samsung's new device will likely be hitting numerous markets in the coming weeks, shortly before the company announces the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in late March.