Who's excited about Samsung's latest revisions to its Galaxy Tab line? Don't everyone rush all at once. With the rise of the 10.1-inch and 8-inch Notes, the Tab series has been pushed further and further towards the budget end of the spectrum, in features if not in actual price. But if you really do want one of Samsung's three new Tabs, they'll be headed to online and retail stores in the United States on July 7th. The Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch will go for $199, the 8-inch model will cost you $299, and the Tab 3 10.1-inch will cost $399. Pre-orders for some retailers will start on June 25th.
In terms of hardware, all three tablets are decidedly behind this generation in their price range. The 7-inch uses a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, and the bottom model (which I assume is the $200 version) has 8GB of storage. The screen is a disappointing 1024x600 LCD - the same resolution and size as the original Galaxy Tab from 2010 - and the rear camera is 3 megapixels. The 8-inch Tab 3 gets a bit more respectable, with a a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage on the base model. The rear camera is bumped up to 5 megapixels, and the screen gets a more typical 1280x800 resolution. It's very, very similar to the Galaxy Note 8.0, minus the stylus and better specs.
The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is the most interesting, if only because it's Samsung's first Intel Android device. The 10-inch version gets a 1.6Ghz dual-core Atom Z2560 processor, part of Intel's CloverTrail+ line. Beyond that, there's very little to recommend it - the 1280x800 screen in a $400 tablet is downright shameless, considering that Samsung makes the Nexus 10 and new tablets from Asus, Acer, and HP are beating it at that price. A 3MP rear camera and 1GB of RAM add insult to injury. We're not usually so brazen about buying recommendations at product launch, but please, please, don't buy the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" for four hundred bucks.
All three tablets feature Samsung's ubiquitous three-button control scheme - note the mention of a "familiar Galaxy family feel" in the press release below. All are running Android 4.2 with TouchWiz, and they include infrared ports, MicroSD card slots, and standard MicroUSB ports for charging and data. The Galaxy Tab 3 will launch in white and "Gold Brown" colors. Currently only WiFi tablets have been confirmed for the US market, but I'd expect to see 3G-LTE versions pop up on carriers within the next few months.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – June 24, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today debuted three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab 3 family, allowing consumers to choose which tablet suits them best. The 7 inch, 8 inch and 10.1 inch Galaxy tablets offer a range of screen sizes and a suite of experiences built for a broader set of individual and family preferences, making this lineup of tablets ideal for both home and on-the-go uses. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio will be available in three form factors: Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1., and will be available in the U.S. beginning July 7, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.
“Samsung’s industry-leading smartphones, Note devices and tablets address consumers’ diverse demands and personal preferences,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. “The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio offers consumers more options for tablets that serve as their ultimate smartphone companion, the center of home and on-the-go use, and mobile devices packed with content and services.”
The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio blends the familiar Galaxy family feel in sleek and slim designs with compelling content and services that consumers will want to use in their everyday lives. Created to be the perfect companion to the Galaxy line of smartphones, the Galaxy Tab 3 devices give consumers a seamless transition of content and services between their various Galaxy products. Similar to the Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy smartphones, physical home and capacitive buttons are included.
The Galaxy Tab 3 has various form factors and light-weight builds, which quickly and easily transition into the center of the home. Research shows that 85% of tablet users watch TV while using their tablet, with 41% of them doing this daily.** For this consumer, each Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio device’s built-in IR blaster turns the tablets into a universal remote and can activate Samsung’s innovative WatchONTM service. This service recommends TV shows and on-demand content, enabling the tablets to function as the hub of the living room and king of second screen consumption.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is aimed at consumers who are in the market to purchase a portable tablet with all the features and reliability they need to stay connected throughout their daily activities. Built for portability, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 allows users to consume and manage content on-the-go. It is compact enough to easily slide into handbags or a jacket pocket so that consumers on-the-go will appreciate its compact size and lightweight design.
The premium Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 product is thin, lightweight, feature-packed and powerful, making it the ideal portable tablet for on-the-go performance. With Samsung’s built-in Reading Mode, the Tab 3 8.0 is the perfect e-reader-sized tablet.
New for the Galaxy Tab family of devices is Samsung’s Multi-Window functionality. Following the popularity of the feature on Note devices, Multi-Window comes to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Offering true PC-like multi-tasking, consumers can use two apps side-by-side, with support up to 20 applications, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 offers a larger HD screen optimized for entertainment – watching movies and playing games. With Samsung’s WatchON TV recommendation service, built-in IR blaster and 10.1-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is the new hub of the living room. As a second screen companion and perfect tablet for viewing content and watching movies, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 transforms the ultimate content-consumption device.
This newest family comes in two color options – White and a unique Gold Brown. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 will be available for purchase from major retailers nationwide on July 7 with pre-sales beginning June 25 at Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, Amazon, Wal-Mart, h.h. Gregg, Office Depot, Toys ‘R’ Us, P.C. Richard & Son, Fry’s, Newegg, Sears and Samsung.com. The Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio will be priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively.