Samsung is indeed launching its Galaxy Tab S2 successor, the Galaxy Tab S3, this September. The South Korean tech giant subtly confirmed this today via its Colombian website, validating months of rumors that it is releasing a new Tab S iteration this fall.
On its Colombian website, Samsung published a post stating that the Galaxy Tab S2’s successor will be debuting on the same day its highly popular Galaxy Note 7 phablet will be hitting the European market. And as per GSM Arena, it is already confirmed that the Note 7 is arriving in Europe on Sept. 2.
Samsung did not directly confirm that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be announced at IFA 2016, but Android Authority claims that the South Korean tech giant would surely not want to miss the opportunity of showcasing its new tablet at the massive electronics trade show. Hence, it is very possible that the Tab S3 will be launched alongside the Galaxy Gear S3.
When it comes to the specs and features of the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung is still mum, but it did say that the device will be better than its predecessor — as expected. Also, it emphasized that the new iteration will be rocking a better processor and an updated operating system.
"With a processor greater capacity for processing information, along with an operating system that allows interactivity with elements that require good performance on a mobile device. Samsung gives expect the upcoming release of the Galaxy Tab S3, which apparently has similar qualities to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2, but with some innovations so far not known,” a translated portion of the post reads.
Earlier this year, TENNA certified an 8-inch tablet for Samsung, which Android Headlines believes is going to be the Galaxy Tab S3. The 8-inch tablet was indicated to come with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel back camera, a 2-megapixel front shooter and a 4,000mAh battery. The tablet was also stated to come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If the rumored release of the Galaxy Tab S3 turned out to be true, then it’s also possible that these specifications and features will become official anytime soon.
However, it appears that the Tab S3 is not the priority of Samsung among its September releases. Based on the IFA 2016 invite the South Korean tech company released, its press conference would most likely be highlighted by the announcement of the Gear S3 smartwatch. The invitation apparently features clock hands, indicating that the company is showcasing its new smartwatches in Berlin, Germany, according to ZDNet. The new Gear S3 line-up is expected to include three versions: standard, “Classic” and “Explorer" editions. And just like the Tab S3, the specs and features of the Gear S3 have yet to be confirmed.