Tab S3 and Nexus 7 Updates: Google goes neck-and-neck with Samsung for specs, but wins in launch date race

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Samsung Tab S3 and Google Nexus 7 faceoff
Samsung Tab S3 and Google Nexus 7 faceoff

Two of the tech industries top brands seem to be taking their product offerings a notch higher, with specs for the upcoming tablet released from Google and Samsung seemingly offering features aimed at beating the other’s.

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According to sources, the Google Nexus 7, which could come in a Pixel and Pixel variation, will be equipped with Android 7.1 Nougat. This could be an exclusive first for Google in the smart phone/ tablet industry, if they launch the product in time. Reports of the feature were also posted on social media.

The Nexus 7 is also reported to feature a 7-inch screen and AMOLED Quad display panel. Its two variants are expected to come with 2560 x 1440 pixels and 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution respectively.

In their column, Mobile N Apps claimed that the Google smartphone will be using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB for its internal storage. Camera-wise, it is rumored to feature a 13-megapixel rear with other unnamed functions. The website also detailed that the Nexus 7 will be powered by a 5100 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

On the other hand, the Samsung Tab S3 will reportedly be running on an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, which can eventually be upgraded to Nougat. Speculations about the Tab S3 indicate that it will sport a curved-edged display, also coming in two variants- an 8-inch and a 9.7-inch smartphone, both with an AMOLED panel and 4K display functionality.

The Tab S3 is also rumored to have an octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset that is similar to the S7. It will also feature 4 GB of RAM that will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

In comparison to the Nexus 7, the Samsung Tab S3 will feature an 8-megapixel rear and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, while powered by a 4,000 mAh battery for the 8-inch model and a 5,870 mAh battery for the 9.7-inch model.

Google to launch product ahead of Samsung

In terms of the launch date, Samsung has already missed a couple of supposed release schedules and, so far, has not given any updates. Meanwhile, Google will officially be announcing the Nexus 7 on October 4, and speculations are that the tech giant will already be accepting pre-orders moments after their product is unveiled.

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From the looks of the things, Google has Samsung beat in that aspect. But price is still another point of contention, with Samsung costing their product at $420, while Google is still deciding on theirs.

Photo Courtesy: Kārlis Dambrāns/ Flickr

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