With Samsung previously announcing that they would be showing the Galaxy Tab S3 this September, we were somewhat surprised when it didn’t surface at IFA 2016 in Berlin. A new rumour today suggests that the now overdue refresh to Samsung’s tablet line may be delayed as long as March next year, with the expected timeframe just being the first quarter of 2017.
The device has previously been seen heading through the FCC and is expected to include:
- 9.7″ display, QHD resolution
- Snapdragon 652 SOC
- 3GB RAM
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- LTE (on selected models)
- a CPU clock speed of 1.6 GHz.
- 8MP rear camera and 2MP front facing
- 237.1 x 168.8 mm
It’s doubtful we will ever know why the tablet was “delayed”, perhaps it was never meant to release this year? That said, with FCC filings and Samsung representatives saying it was, that’s not where the smart money goes. Did the recent misfortune with the now finished Galaxy Note 7 somehow affect manufacturing capacity? Or did it share components perhaps?
Whatever the case, it looks as if we won’t be seeing an updated tablet from Samsung this year. Considering the role they played in the Australian Tablet market this could open up a big opportunity for other OEMs who have released updated hardware.
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