GALAXY Tab 3 7 inch_001_WiFi

Those of you who didn't appreciate the divisive smartphone style of the Galaxy Note 8.0 might want to avert your eyes right about now. The South Korean company pulled the wraps off of the first entry in the fourth generation of its Galaxy Tab series today, and there's no denying that the 7-inch tablet looks like a gigantic smartphone. The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available worldwide in May in a WiFi version with a 3G variant following in June, though specific markets were not mentioned.

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The Galaxy Tab 3 continues Samsung's positioning of the 7-inch size as a budget device, with hardware specs that are barely a bump over the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (P3100 model). The power, such as it is, comes from a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor of unknown design. Now that Texas Instruments (the provider for the P3100's 1Ghz processor) is all but gone from the mobile market, it will probably be one of the cheaper Exynos or Snapdragon chipsets. A disappointing 1GB of RAM is standard, with 8GB and 16GB storage capacities plus Samsung's usual MicroSD card slot. Cameras are a lukewarm 3MP rear and 1.3MP front-facing. Perhaps most disappointing is the fact that the Galaxy Tab 3 will have the same 1024x600 resolution that the original Froyo-powered Galaxy Tab had way back in 2010.

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Samsung seems to be continuing its industrial design on the same lines of the Galaxy Tab 8.0: a physical home button flanked by capacitive menu and back buttons, paired with big, curvy bezels. Physically, the Galaxy Tab 3 is a little slimmer than its predecessor at 9.9mm thin, and will probably be a little lighter as well. Samsung isn't showing the bottom of the device yet, but we can hope they've used a standard MicroUSB port for charging and data.

The all-white Tab 3 will launch with Android 4.1 and Samsung's standard array of TouchWiz and pack-in apps, which will probably put a considerable strain on the 8GB model's storage capacity. Pricing has not been announced, but I'd expect it to be comparable to the current 7-inch Tab, starting at $200 or less.

SEOUL, Korea, April 29, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the introduction of the GALAXY Tab 3 - 7-inch tablet featuring sleek design and enhanced capabilities that bring capabilities that bring better performance and multimedia experiences to your fingertips.

With the new GALAXY Tab 3, Samsung has evolved its range of innovative tablets, making them smaller and easier to carry, while increasing the user experience overall

• Easy Handgrip and Portability: Its compact, one-hand grip form factor ensures users can hold comfortably for hours as well as store in a pocket or small bag for reading and entertainment on the go. The sleek and stylish design encompasses thinner bezel than the previous GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).

• Better Multimedia Performance: Powered by a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, the device allows for faster downloads and sharing, while providing easy access to videos, apps, games, and the web. Offered with either 8/16 of internal storage plus up to 64GB of expandable memory, the device has plenty of space to hold your favorite photos, music, apps, videos and more. 

• Enhanced User Experience: The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch is equipped to better capture life’s moments in stunning clarity and resolution with its 3-megapixel camera rear camera and 1.3 -megapixel front camera. Combined with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), it allows users to share photos, videos, and life’s special moments through a few quick taps and swipes.

The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch WiFi version will be available globally beginning May and 3G version will follow in June. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/mcmadz Madz™

    disappointing.. how this suppose to compete with Nexus 7 and the upcoming Nexus

    • Phill_S

      The same way previous Samsung tablets have, by just selling more and not caring what ASUS and Google have produced.

  • Vladimir

    Don't you just love 170ppi and a plastic body...

    Seriously now, WHY should I buy this over a Nexus 7?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I don't even really like my N7 anymore and I'd still take an N7 any day of the week over this heap. Yuck. Then again, they haven't discussed pricing. Maybe it'll be $150.

      • Ivan Myring

        Why don't you like your 7?

        • Ygor Vaz

          probably because of the laggy android 4.2.2.
          No, it's not just me, search and you'll see that many people (I go as far as to say the major part) is having problems with it. It's not near as stable and fast as 4.1 was.

          • Matthew Fry

            Not to mention crashy and buggy

          • Christopher Mason

            Downgrade it.

    • http://twitter.com/jokesyn8 Jokesy

      This will be available in more countries than Nexus 7 and should probably sell better too.

    • RoboBonobo

      If it's a snapdragon s4 processor, it'd be faster and more power efficient. Thinner bezels; easier to hold with one hand. And it has a back facing camera. I've been reading a lot of people complaining about the N7 being laggy and crashy.

      I'm probably not going to buy one, just thought I'd shoot some ideas to answer your question.

    • CJ Williams

      Another impressive new tablet that launches in early May and is available through a site called TabletSprint -- is the Icoo 7GT - 3G Model for $199, which compares to the Nexus 7 - 3G version, which is priced $100 more - the Icoo 7GT - 3G comes with built-in SIM slot for 3G HSPA+ connection with Internet and Voice Calling; other features include a Quad Core processor, HD 1280x800 Screen, Built-in GPS; 5 MP Cameras, MicroSd slot, Android 4.1, Google Play, Bluetooth and HDMI 1080p -- TabletSprint also adds in $25 in Bonus Apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    1024x600? You're a joke.

  • http://twitter.com/Gehim Rehan Ahmed

    Anyone in their right minds would get the Nexus 7 cause its the best, even if you're not on a budget!

  • Mr. Mark

    every single product they come out with now looks exactly the same!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      you mean like cRapple products?

      • Freak4Dell

        At least Apple products look good, so them all looking the same is excusable. This is just awful.

  • Jazli Aziz

    No competition to the Nexus is expected. But even comparing it to the Tab 2, it's basically the exact same tablet. Ultimate-mega-super-fail from Samesung.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      This might be actually worse as it has hardware buttons.
      It may have Krait, though, which is significantly faster than A9.

  • Sahib Singh

    Just bought tab 2 five minutes before this announcement, it was $170 considering nexus 7 is $295 for 16 gb wifi only
    Even if i have to choose between tab 2 and tab 3 now, i would choose tab 2 because of on screen buttons

    • mechapathy

      Where do you live? Nexus 7 16GB wifi is $199 in the US.

      • Sahib Singh

        It's 15999 INR(295 USD) in play store india

  • Alex

    Its old Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, whit a new ugly case... lol
    Samsung what are you doing? This is just a restyling...

  • Simon Belmont

    Ugh. Samsung, Y U No Keep Onscreen Buttons?

    A blown up Galaxy S4. No thanks, *hugs Nexus 7*.

  • Elton

    I think someone at samsung recently discovered the transform tool in photoshop... =/

  • A.Noid

    Wow, so much for an upgrade. You would think after the Nexus 7, that better 7" tablets would be coming out by now.

    • mechapathy

      I think it's kinda impossible to compete with Google's performance/price ratio because manufacturers have to make their money when they sell the device.

  • Catalin

    my 2 years old samsung tab 7 plus is better than this

  • Bariman43

    In trying to beat Apple, Samsung ended up emulating them with making every device the make look exactly the same. I'll stick with the Nexus brand and enjoy my Nexus 7.

  • ins0mn1a

    i guess it was about time one of the big manufacturers started offering the sub-$100 tablet...

    • Technobabble

      Not impressed with the new hardware Samsung. A little more effort in the design department and a few more hardware upgrades would have gone a long way. I have a Galaxy tab 2 7.0 and I like it, I wouldn't spend the money to upgrade to the tab 3 though. Not worth it, especially when it's basically the same thing just "freshened up" a bit. Nexus 7 is still the clear winner in the 7 inch tablet market.

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    the tab 2 7.0 is still a much better buy. this tab 3 is a joke. about the only thing missing on the tab 2 7.0 is hdmi out via an adapter it would be nice if i could output video but nope the tab 2 lacks that feature and the darn wifi video thingy is a marketing gimic that i could never get to work.

  • Freak4Dell

    There's simply no words to describe this atrocity.

  • Anthony Tarantino

    Gotta love that screen resolution. Come on HP and Samsung, get with the times. The Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD have way better screens, yet they all sell for around $200.

  • Buzz Aldrin Ocampo

    It's obviously better that galaxy tab 2 but it's not practical to buy galaxy tab 3 just for the better feeatures. I'm enjoying with my galaxy tab 2 and I think thats enough.