Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Galaxy Tab S

The Galaxy Tab S3 is Samsung’s latest attempt to sell us a tablet at a time when the tablet market has been on a steady decline, and the company has built in a few great features into the device. There’s the Super AMOLED display with HDR, four speakers tuned by AKG, a premium glass and metal design, and even the S Pen. The Tab S3 is a reasonable upgrade over the Galaxy Tab S2 from last year, but how does it fare with the original Galaxy Tab S?

We’ll be publishing a full review of the Galaxy Tab S3 in the coming weeks that will better tell you how the tablet fares, but for now, go ahead and take a look at the comparison table below to see how the Tab S3 compares to the Tab S. For a comparison with the Tab S2, take a look at this post. Detailed specifications can be found in our devices page.

Galaxy Tab S3Galaxy Tab S 8.4/10.5
Display9.7-inch Super AMOLED, 2048 x 1536, 4:3 Aspect Ratio8.4/10.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600, 16:9 Aspect Ratio
S PenYesNo
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 4.4.2 KitKat
ProcessorSnapdragon 820Exynos 5420 / Snapdragon 800
MicroSD Card Slotup to 256GBup to 256GB
Rear-Facing Camera13MP, Autofocus, F1.9, LED flash, HDR, 4K Video Recording8MP, Autofocus, F1.9, HDR, QHD Video Recording
Front-Facing Camera5MP2.1MP
LoudspeakersQuad Stereo, Tuned by AKG (Harman)Dual Stereo
Wireless ConnectivityLTE Cat. 6 (600Mbps), Dual-Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 with LELTE Cat. 6 (300Mbps), Dual-Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 with LE
USBUSB 3.1 Type-CmicroUSB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Hall, Magnetic, Proximity, RGBAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Hall, Magnetic, Proximity, RGB
Keyboard CasePogo PinsBluetooth
Dimensions169.0 x 237.3 x 6.0mm212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6m, 177.3 x 247.3 x 6.6mm
Weight429g (Wi-Fi) / 434g (LTE)8.4: 294g (Wi-Fi), 298g (LTE) / 10.5: 465g (Wi-Fi), 467g (LTE)
Battery6,000 mAh4,900mAh/7,900 mAh


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Ray Gonno
Ray Gonno

Ok,here are my thoughts. I have the tab s 10.5 and the tab keeping the tab s 10.5 and giving the tab s3 away because the screen is bigger and a better ratio with the home button on the botton in landscape mode on the tab s 10.5. The tab s 3 is just a worse copy of the iPad. The user interface is also far nicer on the tab s 10.5.the icons on the tab s 3 arent very nice and i couldn’t find anywhere on google play to replace them with the same ones the tab s… Read more »


I use my S1 mostly for video so i spit in the eye of the S2 and S3 (tongue out)


Purchased a Tab S3. Not happy with the 4:3 aspect ratio for video use. You lose so much screenspace when watching movies and youtube. Almost everything is produced in 16:9 format these days. I’m returning it and found myself a used Tab S 10.5 for cheap.

Mohamed Sheikhaldeen
Mohamed Sheikhaldeen

Anything NOT 16:9 is a deal breaker! Keeping my Tab S 10.5


Tab S is on Marshmallow and has a LED flash as well.