Following on from the announcement of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung has added another two tablets in the newly updated Tab 3 range, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. These are Samsung’s budget offerings, compared to the more expensive Galaxy Note devices, which come with a stylus, special apps and sometimes, more impressive technical specifications.
Both Tab 3 tablets are very similar, so we’ll start with the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As is clear from the name it has an 8-inch screen, with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, while the processor is listed as a 1.5GHz dual-core chip. What isn’t clear is which processor it is, as previous rumours have suggested Samsung will adopt an Intel chip for these new models.
Android 4.2 is its operating system, and it comes with several of Samsung’s special apps such as S Translator, Dual View and Pop Up Play, all of which are built into the TouchWiz user interface. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the rear of the tablet, a 1.3 megapixel lens on the front for video calls, and features such as Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 4450mAh battery.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen with the same resolution, and the processor has been bumped up to 1.6GHz, but at the expense of the camera, which has been downgraded to 3 megapixels. Otherwise, the spec is identical.
Both tablets will be sold with either Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connectivity, and in either 16GB or 32GB capacities. Samsung hasn’t confirmed the price, but has indicated both Galaxy Tab 3 models will be on sale in June.