Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3, a refreshed 7-inch tablet

Galaxy Tab 3Samsung has refreshed its smallest Galaxy Tab tablet, ensuring it continues to remain competitive against the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire and other, competitively priced Android slates. The Galaxy Tab 3 replaces the aging Galaxy Tab 2, which has been steadily dropping price over the past months.. Samsung’s new model was rumoured to appear during Mobile World Congress, so it’s great to see it finally made official.

Surprisingly, Samsung hasn’t altered the internal workings of the tablet all that much, but it has given the design a compete revamp, and it now has a distinctly Galaxy Note 8.0 look about it, which in turn has a similar style to the Galaxy S4 smartphone. At 9.9mm thick and 345 grams, it’s thinner and lighter than its predecessor too.

The screen remains at 7-inches with a slightly disappointing 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, while the processor is another dual-core chip, with a 1.2GHz clock speed. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will come pre-installed, along with TouchWiz over the top. This is an improvement over the Tab 2, although it’s a shame it’s not the very latest version of Android.

Other features include a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel video call camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Direct and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot for an additional 64GB. Samsung will produce a straight Wi-Fi version, plus a 3G tablet with voice capabilities, so it could replace your phone. The Wi-Fi edition will go on sale all over the world in May, and the 3G version will follow in June.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars