GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (1)

We knew it was coming. After the rather disappointing reveal of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung unveiled two new models today. The 8-inch Tab 3 bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note 8, while the 10.1-inch version extends the design language first introduced in the Galaxy S III smartphone to the 10.1-inch form factor... buttons and all. Both models are mild refreshes of older Tab variants (though the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 could bee seen as a mix of the 8.9 and 7.7). They'll be available internationally in early June, but Samsung unaccountably forgot to include the prices.

GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch (1) GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch (2) GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch (4)

The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 takes most of the specifications and design of the Galaxy Note 8.0, subtracts the Wacom digitizer and S-Pen stylus, and calls it a day. A diminished 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and slightly lower 1.5GB of RAM should still run Android smoothly, and there's the usual choice of 16 or 32GB of storage plus whatever you can shove in the MicroSD card slot. The 5 megapixel rear camera has no LED flash, and it's moved up to the corner, while the front-facing 1.3MP camera stays the same. The screen is an identical 1280x800 LCD, though Samsung has shrunken the bezel a bit, making the Galaxy Tab 3 a little more than 10mm skinnier than the Note 8.0. The battery is 4,450mAh, and the tablet comes with an infrared port.

GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (1) GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (2) GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (5)

The 10.1-inch Tab 3 gets a radical and somewhat baffling redesign to keep it in line with pretty much every device Samsung has released since the S III. There are no virtual navigation buttons, just a huge plastic home button flanked by two capacitive buttons, looking quite out of place on the "bottom" horizontal bezel. (This seems like it would be a real pain to use in portrait mode, or indeed, anything except the standard landscape.)

The processor is a bit faster at 1.6Ghz dual-core, and the rear camera is a bit worse at 3MP. Strangely, RAM is reduced compared to the 8-inch tablet, down to 1GB. Storage remains the same, as does the IR port. The screen is the same 1280x800 10.1-inch LCD that Samsung's been using ever since the original 10.1, and when compared to some of the other 10-inch tablets on the market, it's really showing its age. The battery in the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is 6,800mAh.

Both tablets will run Android 4.2 at launch, with Samsung's obligatory pack-in interface and apps. Three versions of each tablet will be available, Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE, though regional differences will likely apply. Prices for either model in their various storage and wireless options were not revealed, but we shouldn't have long to wait. Considering the disappointing specifications, it seems that Samsung is fully committed to pushing the Note line into the premium tablet space, while keeping the older Tab family in the low-end area of the market.

Hey, at least they got rid of those proprietary connectors.

GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (3)

Update: Reuters has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch is using an Intel CPU, according to a Samsung representative. There's no definitive word on which precise model is being used, but we'd guess it's one of the current-generation Ivy Bridge mobile CPUs. We'll update this story if more information can be verified.

SEOUL, Korea, June 03, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the introduction of the GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch which will be available globally beginning of June. Offering an expanded range of options along with previously announced 7-inch version, the GALAXY Tab 3 Series provides customers various ways to view, listen, create, and share meaningful events and special content with those who matter most. Whether surfing the web at home or reading during the commute, each device is packed with enhanced content and intuitive design perfect for viewing or sharing content with friends and family, and capturing all of life’s spontaneous moments.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch

  • Exceptional Reading and Entertainment Experience: Designed to be held in one hand, the new GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch is the optimal device for viewing videos, playing enhanced games, and reading e-Books anytime, anywhere. Outstanding slim bezel for effective and maximum screen use makes Samsung’s “reading mode” technology which optimizes the display to deliver perfect illumination and tone for comfortable paperlike readability in a variety of lighting conditions work better on its 8-inch screen. Samsung’s Sound Alive for Audio and Dolby Surround for Video Play maximize every sound allow users to enjoy clearer dialogue, consistent volume levels, and superior audio to further enhance the overall multimedia experience with the new device. Also, the physical keys on the bezel at bottom give users a comfortable smartphone-like experience in navigating.

  • Enhanced Smart Usability: Making travel and discovery more effortless, the GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch features S Translator, which provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech-to-text and text-to-speech, ensuring that you can communicate with ease while traveling internationally. Also, S Travel, the Smart Travel Companion, provides real-time local information in need for travel along with user's travel paths. Users can get information and make reservation of the places classified in various categories such as Place, Hotel, Tickets, Food and Forum, and more. In addition, intuitive features such as Story Album and Group Play also allow users more ways to instantly share and enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around them.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch

  • Amplified Multimedia Experience: Built to be the leading 10-inch tablet in the market, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch seamlessly combines sleek design and enhanced multimedia capabilities for home and family use. Stacked with a 1.6 GHz Dual Core processor, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch is the ideal device for everyday family use and multimedia consumption. Featuring a comprehensive suite of video, music, and photo software, and coupled with the clarity of its display, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 takes center stage for portable home entertainment.

  • A Perfect Tablet for the Entire Family: Equipped with Smart Remote and MHL (TV Out) capabilities, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 seamlessly transitions from the perfect gaming device for kids to the ideal home media control device for the parents. Whether streaming movies to the family television or playing games at the highest resolution, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch smoothly integrates into the household media environment for an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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.
  • Petr Minařík

    sooo... that's really disappointing...

    • Skander

      To be expected, they want the tab line to be low end, and the note line to be high end. (In tablets).

      • disqus_is_good

        Note line to be high end?
        Note 8.0 that they released just 2 months ago has the same resolution as these devices.

        • Skander

          The note 8.0 was announced waaaaaaay before, it just got delayed.
          The note 10.1 (in the time) was really good.

  • Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    What the h... are they thinking? Hardware specs that were around two years ago? Stop budget devices and present more flagships. The ASUS Transformer Prime makes these tablets cry before they are even released.

    • Himmat Singh

      Chill man. These are the budget tabs. They'll come out with all guns blazing soon enough.

      • Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen


        My trusty Galaxy Note 10.1 seems to still be the Samsung tablet flagship even though it's more than a year old.

  • aNYthing6

    Capactive/hardware buttons on a tablet. Really Samsung?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What in the hell? Did not expect that on a 10" tablet at all. Why?..

      • btod

        I'm thinking they did this to keep the user experience consistent across all devices so as to not confuse consumers. They want the average person that has a S4 to be able to pick this up and instantly be familiar with it.

        I personally hate it, but I can understand why they did it. Brand consistency is very important.

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


        • ocdtrekkie

          Hey, you all told everyone "Yeah, terrible UIs on tablets are cool if they match the phone" when you accepted the Nexus 10's atrocious button placement.

    • Dart

      Exactly. I said the same thing a few months ago when they did this on the Galaxy Note 8.0.

      Having them on the 10 inch tablet just looks hilarious. Hilariously ugly, that is.

    • Himmat Singh

      That has got to be the stupidest design choice I've seen all year so far. Already, I complain when games have virtual buttons placed in the middle of the screen (it's a discomfort for tablet users), and here Samsung just goes and outdoes them.

  • W!ZARD

    Any of them powered by Intel?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      We heard those rumors too, but if Samsung put Intel chips in there, they aren't saying. This right here is exactly why Android Police passes on so many of those unverified stories.

  • Michael Ta

    Yea make more bad quality/designed tablets, consumers really need them!

  • Daniel

    Glad I have a tab 2 the New design looks ugly. Where are the speakers now? Inside I assume? Is there even going to be a black version or dark silver version?

    • james kendall

      Im glad I have a tab 2 as well. this new tab 3 looks like crap atleast the tab 2 7.0 is a good all around work worse without the flashy stlyzation crap.

  • duse

    They've really gone too far with the capacitive button mayhem, menu and all, putting them on a 10.1" tablet. It was bad enough on phones, now they've done it on a device form factor which previously NEVER had hardware buttons except for back in the awful days when people were putting Froyo on tablets. An off-screen menu button on a device this large is totally out of the frame of mind of the user as they're using an app, it separates functionality from the rest of the app's UI and if I was an app developer I wouldn't want those options buried behind something off-screen. Tons of apps, especially on tablets with wider action bars, don't even need menus, so for those apps the user will press the button and it will simply do nothing. The user then has to learn for which apps the button works and for which apps it doesn't. AWFUL design Samsung, and you wonder why everyone just buys an iPad. Google makes platform changes to improve the situation and you fail to take advantage. Samsung will quickly become the Microsoft/Windows 95 of intuitive design and advancing user experiences.

  • jonathan3579

    I'm not just saying 'no' to these tablets, I'm giving them a standing 'hell no'.

    Those resolutions. Those buttons. That plastic. NO!

  • Samsung Fanboy

    these shitty tablets all have the exact specs as my original Galaxy Tab 10.1 of 2yrs ago !! I swear I'll not buy a Samsung tablet ever again.

  • maaen

    Will they make a better Note tablet than Galaxy Note 8 or Note 10.1....
    Why is Samsung making just OK tablets ?
    I would only buy a tablet if the quality was amazing ...and I just cannot understand why Samsung builds a closed up back .....I want a removable battery and that is keeping me from going anywhere near tablets.........but I would really love a large tablet of very good quality and a stylus with it too.