Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 spotted on GFXBench; Tablet may debut at MWC 2016

By @s_rituparna on
A model introduces the Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab tablet computer to the media during its unveiling ceremony at the company's headquarters in Seoul November 4, 2010.
A model introduces the Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab tablet computer to the media during its unveiling ceremony at the company's headquarters in Seoul November 4, 2010. Reuters/Truth Leem

A recent GFXBench listing indicates the arrival of the successor to Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy Tab S2, which is said to be the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date.

According to benchmark databases and Germen website Winfuture, as spotted by Slash Gear, the purported Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. The rumoured tablet will reportedly feature a brilliant resolution of 2048×1536 pixels, and save its screen size, could feature the same specs as the Galaxy Tab S2, which comes in two screen sizes - an 8.0 inch or 9.7-inch Super AMLOED displays. 

The listed devices on the databases carry the model numbers SM-T819 and SM-T719. The 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 bears a model number SM-T810, whereas the smaller 8.0-inch model comes with a model number SM-T710.

The speculated Galaxy Tab S3 is also expected to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.8GHz, which is believed to be Snapdragon 652. The Qualcomm chipset will be paired with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of in-built storage, according to the GFXBench listing.

The current Galaxy Tab S2 is powered by its own home grown octa-core Exynos 5433 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The recent benchmark listing also reveals that the possible Galaxy Tab S3 wil come with an 8PM back camera along with a 2MP front camera. Another rumour indicates that the new tablet will be cheaper than its predecessor.  

Last month, India's import-export tracker Zauba revealed two Samsung slates with model numbers SM-T719 and SM-T813, as reported by Phone Arena. This further confirms that Samsung is indeed in the process of refreshing its tablet lineup.

With the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 round the corner, rumours are rife that the South Korean tech giant may also announce the successor of the Galaxy Tab S2 alongside the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at the Samsung Unpacked event scheduled on Feb. 21. However, Samsung is yet to confirm the Galaxy Tab S3 release date. 

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