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Compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and S2

In February 2017, Samsung announced a new Android tablet within the Galaxy Tab series: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. It's the logical successor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, though quite a few changes have been made to both the interior and the exterior. In this article, you can read about these differences and what you actually see of them during use.

Compare the Tab S3 to the Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Screen 9.7-inch Super AMOLED with HDR 9.7-inch Super AMOLED
Rear camera 13 megapixels 8 megapixels
Number of speakers 4 speakers 2 speakers
Storage and RAM 32GB/4GB 32GB/3GB
Casing Glass and aluminum Plastic
Included accessories S Pen None

The appearance

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: glossy

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 doesn't only have a glass touchscreen. The back is also fully made of glass in this case. The camera is neatly embedded, so it doesn't stick out too far. The S3 is surrounded by an aluminum edge on the side, so it has a solid feel. While the glass is susceptible to fingerprints, this tablet will definitely make you stand out thanks to its classy appearance.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: matte

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has a ribbed back with a matte appearance, which ensures extra grip when you hold it. The Tab S2 is made of plastic, which means it has a slightly less luxurious feel than the Tab S3. The advantage is that, contrary to a glass back, fingerprints won't show as quickly.

The sound

Speaker Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: sound from all directions

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features 4 AKG speakers. These are found in the 4 corners of the tablet. This way, the sound is distributed over the entire screen when you play music or videos. This means sounds will come from exactly the direction you'd expect when you're watching a thrilling series.

Speaker Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: stereo sound

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 features 2 speakers for stereo sound reproduction. This way, music will have more body, and sounds are distributed to the left and right. Because the speakers are at the bottom of the S2, the sound will come towards you from one direction, as opposed to the S3.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 games

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and S2 both feature a Super AMOLED screen with 2048x1536 resolution. The S3 distinguishes itself through High Dynamic Range. This means the S3 screen has a billion colors at its disposal, as opposed to the 256 colors of the S2. Combined with the Super AMOLED screen, colors will be even more realistic this way.

The controls

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 S Pen

While the S2 doesn't support the S Pen, it's included with the Tab S3 by default. This S Pen features 4096 pressure levels, which means you can use it more accurately than your fingers. That way, you can edit photos and videos to the smallest detail before sharing them on social media. A useful extra function is the option to use the S Pen to make notes on the screen while the tablet is in standby mode. That way, you can always make a quick note.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and S2 are both 9.7-inch tablets for watching videos. Want to watch movies and series in the highest possible quality? The Tab S3 is the best option, thanks to the HDR screen. Both tablets are suitable for managing your social media channels. If you're also planning to use heavier apps like navigation and games, the extra memory and the newer processor will help to make this run as smoothly as possible.

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