Samsung has confirmed that it will be at this year’s MWC 2017 show in Barcelona, the biggest tech event for mobile device companies across the globe.
Set to begin on the 27th of this month, Samsung will hold its event a day before, on 26th. This is the same thing that happened at last year’s event in the same city, but unlike last year where the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were the highlights of the show, their successors won’t make it to this year’s event. Instead, the much-rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet could take their place.
The South Korean tech giant has just sent out press invitations confirming the date of the event, but there is nowhere it confirms that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be unveiled at this event. However, considering that the tablet is already late as per Samsung’s schedule – which would have seen the Tab S3 released somewhere in August or September 2016, a year after the release of its predecessor Tab S2 – pundits are adamant that this tablet will be the major highlight of this show. Furthermore, the fact that the press invite image shows a tablet that comes with a front-facing fingerprint scanner adds weight to this speculation
For those who will not be able to make it to the show in Barcelona, Samsung will be live streaming the event via its official website beginning 19:00 CET.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 1, 2017
Not so long ago, specs and pricing details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 leaked. Apparently, there will be two variants of this tablet – LTE and Wi-Fi-only. However, the rest of the specs should remain the same. These include a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with QXGA resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, a Snapdragon 820 processor (Exynos variant is also expected) paired with a RAM of 4GB. The back of the Galaxy Tab S3 will reportedly ship with a decent 12MP camera while the front will come with a 5MP shooter.
If rumors are to be believed, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will be as thin as the Tab S2, or slightly thinner, but expect a metallic unibody. Reports say that Android 7.0 Nougat will power the tablet out of the box, with the price set to begin at 700,000 Korean Won, which is about $600.