Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" model: SM-T820NZKAXAC

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7

Quick Description

This tablet has a high-quality HDR display and is ideal for digital painting on the go and movie watching. It also has pretty good potential for productivity.

There's an optional keyboard cover you could use if you plan to do a lot of typing on it, but it's an expensive addition to an already pricey tablet.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this tablet which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their tablet. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20-$90

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $640.

Available at 7 locations, from $549

Based on 782 days of observation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" usually costs ~$700 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this tablet is $403.12. If you were waiting for this tablet to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.



Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon, Best Buy, Best Buy, Staples, Mike's Computer Shop, Tiger Direct, Walmart, Costco or London Drugs at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.


Here's how the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7" ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).


Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android
Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 820
Graphics: Qualcom Adreno 530
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 9.7"
Screen Resolution: 1536×2048(263.92ppi)
Dimensions: 23.73 × 16.90 × 0.60 cm
Weight: 0.43 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Micro SD Storage Expansion
  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Pressure-Sensitive Stylus
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • Fast-Charging
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 3/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 4/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (1 / 1)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 9)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 9)

Photo Editing (0 / 4)

Video Editing (0 / 10)

Video Games (6 / 14)

Enthusiast Games (3 / 61)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 54)

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