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If you're in the market for a tablet and don't fancy the Nexus line, Samsung is now asking for your money. The new Galaxy Tab 3 devices are for sale in the US. These devices come in 7, 8, and 10.1-inch versions. The pricing is a bit on the high side, but this is what the Korean mobile giant is doing, for better or worse.

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To recap, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is rocking a 1024x600 resolution LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. It will cost $199.99 with 8GB of built-in storage (plus microSD card). The 8.0 is a small step up with a 1280x800 screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage on the base model. This one starts at $299.99. The 10.1 is a bit of a departure – this is Samsung's first Intel-based slate. It has a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 (CloverTrail+), 1GB of RAM, and a disappointing 1280x800 resolution LCD. This one starts at $399.99 with 16GB of storage.

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The 7.0 is running Android 4.1.2, but the larger units have 4.2 at launch. It's unclear if there will be an update for the 7.0. Additionally, all these tablets have physical buttons like the Galaxy S4. Odd, but again, that's just how Samsung is rolling this generation. If you're interested, these units are for sale in white and "gold-brown" (or as I like to call it, gross) from a variety of retailers. Amazon links below.

Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (white)

Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (brown)

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (white)

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (brown)

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (white)

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (brown)

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • robc

    The 8.0 is actually a big step up.. Bigger screen (with narrow bezels similar to the Mini), more RAM, twice the storage and Android 4.2. If it's battery life is decent, it will be a solid competitor to the Mini (which is $30 cheaper, does not have an IR port and of course the biggie, no Micro SD slot). The Mini also has a lower res screen and less RAM, lower powered cpu/gpu (given it uses the same architecture as the IPad 2). Might be better if you pointed some of those things out rather than bash the color scheme and the price (which is actually inline with it's competitors). The 7" is the only model that is not logical. For $200 you can get a 64GB Kobo Arc with better all around specs (except no HDMI out via MHL and no Micro SD. Mind you a 64GB tablet may not need it. It also has more RAM, a higher res screen and a much faster cpu/gpu).

    • RyanWhitwam

      In my experience, smaller bezels isn't always a better thing on tablets. It's much easier to operate a tablet while standing/walking when it has at least thumb-width bezels.

    • sri_tech

      Galaxy 8.0 might have high res screen compared to ipad mini but the mini has IPS LCD screen and its very good in my experience in all other metrics.
      Galaxy 8.0 has TFT touch screen which is very bad. I will take IPS LCD display any day rather than TFT one even though mini has 20ppi less resolution display.

      Mini performs very well even it has low speed processor because the OS is well optimized. It has better GPU (PowerVR SGX543MP2) compared to Tab 8.0 (Mali 400).

      Also, build quality is much better for ipad mini compared to any galaxy device.

      • ChavaM

        Considering Samsung's track record with tablets, I'd say that the Mini will be a much much better device.

      • Chris Gapske

        Expect for the fact it is an iPad. That still does not have native games written for it. the IPS is a killer for me. But the Ipad Mini also costs what almost double. ? I am not a Samsung fanboy but still dont want to get gaged with an Idevice.

    • kascollet

      Considering Samsung doesn't even tell the precise model and maker of the 8.0 chip, I bet it's a generic Cortex A9 + Mali400 configuration like the GS2. Nothing to frighten the iPad Mini and it's SGX543MP2 I'm afraid. At this price, and with a smaller screen (4:3 vs 16:10) and shorter battery life (Apple is alone with 10H+), it isn't enough.

  • ElTimo

    What type of processors do the smaller tablets use? I can't find any info on that anywhere.

    • sri_tech

      Samsung is hiding the processors for some of their phones and tablets these days. Official product pages also not mentioning the processor details.

      Galaxy Tab 8.0 has exynos 4212 processor according to gsmarena. Its a dual core cortex-a9 processor which was released two years back (September 2011).

      For galaxy 7.0 even gsmarena does not know the processor name.

      • TylerChappell

        If I was using 2 year old processors in my shitty tablets, I would want to hide it from the public too.

  • Cletus

    Has 3g model also release.....what r the price........and when it will release in India

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  • Iggies

    Samsung, wtf are you doing? I guess they are betting their name brand and position in Best Buy stores is going to net them better results than other, comparable tablets in the price range. But, even though I can't believe I'm saying this, you could just get an HP Slate 7 for $140 and save the rest. You can now also get a Nook HD for under $150, a Kindle Fire HD is only $170 and Staples has the Nexus 7 on sale right now for $170 as well.

    The one thing Samsung has going for it is name brand and mindshare, as well as Samsung stores set up in Best Buys. Maybe it will pay off for them, but I highly doubt it.