Samsung to launch the Galaxy Tab S3 in South Korea on May 11

Back in February, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S3 — and now the firm has revealed that it will launch the slate in South Korea on Thursday, May 11. Unfortunately, it didn’t provide any information with regards to pricing, though we expect the device to retail for around 680,000 won in the region.

So, why has Samsung waited until now to release the Galaxy Tab S3 in its home country? Well, it’s believed the firm strategically postponed the slate’s launch due to the debut of the much-anticipated Galaxy S8 last month. However, market conditions have since changed, leading analysts to believe it may have been the wrong decision.

According to market intelligence agency TrendForce, global tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2017 totaled 31.95 million units, representing a steep drop of 34.5 percent from the prior quarter and a 9.3 percent decline year-on-year. What’s more, the company expects sales of slates to continue to decrease — so it looks like all odds are against the Galaxy Tab S3.

For those in need of a refresher, the Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels, a Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and a colossal 6,000mAh battery.

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