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A woman speaks on an Apple phone as she passes an advert for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in London, Britain, September 2, 2016. Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is still a mystery. It has already missed a few release dates. It was first expected in June or July. Next it was supposed to be launched with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on Aug. 2. Then there were rumours that it would launch at Berlin’s IFA technology tradeshow in September. Still there was no mention of the tab.

Even Google has been very tight-lipped about its upcoming Google Nexus 7 2016 that may come in two variants, Pixel and Pixel XL. There are rumours that Google will start taking pre-orders in the US the same day it is revealed. This means, Google will make the devices available for pre-orders from Oct. 4 itself right after the release, reports TechnoBuffalo.

Although much of the information on Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Google Nexus 7 2016 is based on rumours, enthusiasts cannot wait but compare the two as to which one would be a better buy. Mobile & Apps has provided an overview of the two devices that will help buyers decide if they should upgrade to newer versions or not.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to sport a curved-edged display and Google is reportedly switching back to the 16:10 aspect ratio from 4:3. The device will be made available in two variants, 8-inch and 9.7-inch screens with AMOLED panel and 4K technology.

The Google Nexus 7 might have a 7-inch screen with AMOLED Quad display panel. Nexus Pixel and Pixel XL will sport a 2560 x 1440 pixels and 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may sport an octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset, like that in the Galaxy S7 phone. There will be a 4GB RAM and internal storage of 32GB and 64GB. One of the variants may also have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The Google Nexus 7 2016 may have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

On the camera front, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to feature an 8MP rear and 2MP selfie camera. The Google Nexus 7 2016 will have a 13MP rear camera with highly advanced functions.

Other rumoured top features in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 include a lightning fast USB Type-C port, 4,000mAh battery for the 8-inch model and 5,870mAh battery for the 9.7-inch one and an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and a planned upgrade to Android Nougat OS. It may be priced at US$420 (AU$560).

The Google Nexus 7 2016 will also sport a USB Type-C port, 5,100mAh battery with a Quick Charge 3.0 support and an Android 7.0 Nougat system. There are no reports as to the price of the device.