Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Mark Notton, head of portfolio Samsung Europe, shows Galaxy Tab S3 during an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2017. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Samsung unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Tab S3 during the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, Spain. It is definitely one of the most advanced tabs in the market today. Hence, it will be interesting to see how it would fare if Google is to release its Nexus 7 2017 this year too.

According to GigJets, Google has faced a lot of criticism for discontinuing the Nexus brand in favour of the Pixels. However, the search giant may not be over with Nexus just yet. Latest rumours suggest that the company is working on the Nexus tablet, and it could be released this year. If this happens, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 would face a lot of competition from the Google device. The Samsung 9.7-inch tab has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 72.7 percent screen-to-body ratio.

It has 264ppi pixel density and a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. It supports multi-touch up to five fingers. The Galaxy tab runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and is powered by an Adreno 530 GPU and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It has 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The USB options include v3.1, Type-C reversible connector and magnetic connector. There is a front-mounted fingerprint sensor along with accelerometer, gyro and compass. Fast battery charging is enabled.

There is a 6,000 mAh non-removable battery in the Galaxy Tab. It comes in black and white colour options. The primary camera is of 13MP and has f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus and LED flash. Other features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama. It records videos at 2,160p @ 30fps. The selfie camera in the Galaxy Tab S3 is of 5MP, reviews GSMArena.

“From games to movies, the Galaxy Tab S3 offers a quality visual experience. Inside the tablet is a Snapdragon 820 processor that sets a new standard for CPU and GPU performance. Plus, the Vulkan graphics take your gaming to a whole new world, while HDR video support makes the scene come alive,” writes Samsung.

The Google Nexus 7 2017 is expected to ship with a new operating system, possibly the Andromeda OS, a combination of Chromebook OS and Android OS. While there has been no official information from Google on the tab, it did mention earlier that it wants to focus more on tablets and smartphones. Moreover, it is not going to produce Chrome Pixel laptops any longer. This means a Nexus tablet is very much in the works. The first Nexus tablet was launched in 2012.

As per rumours, the upcoming Google Nexus 7 2017 will run on Android 7.0 Nougat and have a 7-inch AMOLED Display. It could for a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on these devices.

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