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The built-for-kids tablet market is growing at a pretty rapid pace, with companies like Fuhu and OLPC leading the pack – until now, anyway. Samsung just announced the newest member of the Galaxy family: the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. This is Samsung's first real foray into the world of children's tablets, but judging by the included software features, it looks like the company is coming out swinging.

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The GT3K will come pre-loaded with "top ranked" children's apps and a Kid's Store filled with specially curated software to "drive the educational possibilities of technologies for kids." Like with Fuhu's Nabi line of tablets, parents will be able to select all of the apps that they want to be available for their kids – the rest will be hidden.

Taking a page from the Kindle Fire HD, the GT3K will also feature time management software, allowing parents to set specific time limits and allowable periods. Once time is up, the tablet locks itself down and requires a password to be unlocked.

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On the hardware front, the GT3K features modest specs for a device build specifically for kids:

  • 7-inch 1024x600 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.1

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At launch, a case with "kid-friendly grip and multiple stand options" will be available, along with a C-Pen stylus for drawing and writing on the device.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will be available starting with Korea in early September and will spread to China, Europe, the U.S., Africa, South America, and South East Asia from there. Pricing hasn't yet been announced.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • tery_cota

    Looking forward for my kids.

    • Lucas Laws

      Get a Nabi 2 instead, you'll be much happier.

      • darth vader

        Don't give tablets to kids. Or don't have kids. You'll be much happier.

        • eldermoore

          LOL .. xD :D

      • tery_cota

        Thanks, I'll consider Nabi 2. It looks much better than Samsung.

  • Bob F

    Nice!

  • http://bjunity.org/ Bill B

    I like the idea, but has it been ruggedized in any way? Or is that what the optional case provides?

  • Kraig Yoshi Webb

    Great idea and based on the hardware in it, it should be cheaper than the Nabi line

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I don't see this being cheaper than a Nabi 2.

  • sourabh

    WTF samsung

  • hp420

    It's pretty sad when a tablet designed to be cheaply made so it won't matter when kids beat on it has the same specs as motorola's new flagship

    • FritoDorito

      So apparently...
      1024 x 600 (170 ppi) TFT = 1280 x 720 (316 ppi) AMOLED
      1.2 GHz Dual Core A9 = 1.7 GHz Dual Coree Krait 300 + 2 Contextual Cores
      3 MP = 10 MP
      8 GB = 16/32 GB
      1 GB RAM = 2 GB RAM
      7" = 4.7"
      Tablet = Phone

      Are you sure you didn't make any rounding errors?

  • Nathan

    Any word on Play store integration? I have 2 Nabi 2 tablets, and the lack of Play store is my only complaint.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      While I can't say for certain, I'll be really surprised if it doesn't have the Play Store.

  • Tech kids

    Bye bye Leappad!

  • Herman

    Is this product drool-proof?
    It should be.

  • Herman

    This is why people aren't playing with Lego anymore...

    • Michael

      My three kids 8 and under have a SG Tab 7 2 each and LEGO still gets more than its share of playtime.

  • Razo_E

    Hope the screen is crayon resistant.

  • dailycupofjoe

    Ironically it looks the same as their regular fisher price Galaxy Tab

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