The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 Android 9.0 Pie update started rolling out this week in various markets, though it will still take some time before the Pie update has reached every corner of the globe.

It’s common Samsung practice that the 4G LTE models receive Android updates ahead of the Wi-Fi models, and so it is with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Android 9 update too, where Sammobile reports that it’s the 4G models in Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam that received the Pie update first.

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a premium Android tablet and is trying to find its footing in a market that is disappearing. It offers better value than the iPad Pro because of the bundled S-Pen stylus and cellular connectivity, but the Android app ecosystem is still lacking. The Galaxy Tab S3 looks good, its high-res screen supports HDR video and the S-Pen is truly versatile, but that isn’t enough to make this anyone’s primary device. The camera is barely average and battery life is also ordinary. Buy this tablet if you like expensive toys, otherwise spend the money on a laptop.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet was launched in June 2015. The tablet comes with an 8.00-inch display with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The Galaxy Tab A is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM. The Tablet runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 4,200mAh non-removable battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A on the rear packs 5-megapixel camera. It sports a 2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. It runs TouchWiz UI based on Android 5.0 and packs 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The tablet is a single SIM (GSM) tablet that accepts a Micro-SIM card.

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Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, FM radio, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the tablet include an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Tablet measures 208.40 x 137.90 x 7.50mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 320.00 grams. It was launched in Gold color.

The update for the Tab S3 seems to be rolling out only to the LTE variant in Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. The update for the Tab A, meanwhile, is available only in Malaysia. As is the case with all Galaxy devices, the Android Pie update brings One UI and all its related changes to these devices.


If you haven’t received the update notification on your Galaxy Tab S3 or the Tab A (2017) yet, you can go to Settings, select Software Update, and tap on the Download updates manually option to check for its availability

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