Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tab 3 types
MANILA, Philippines - Samsung has announced a new set of Galaxy Tab 3 units that will be available globally this month.
According to a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, 8-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 units will expand the range of the Galaxy Tab 3 from the original 7-inch gadget.
The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 will take advantage of a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Running on Android 4.2, this tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB storage variants that can be expanded with microSD cards up to 64GB. It also uses a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
The 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3, on the other hand, uses a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and sports 1GB of RAM. This version also has 16GB and 32GB variants, runs on Android 4.2, and can take in microSD cards up to 64GB in size for added storage. Its cameras are less impressive, however, using a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
Back in April, Samsung revealed the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, which was the first in the Galaxy Tab 3 series. The 7-inch model had slightly less processing power with a 1.2GHz processor. It also used version 4.1 of the Android operating system, a 3 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
While the 7-inch model was touted as a portable, all-in-one device for gaming, video-watching, and media reading, the 8- and 10.1-inch models are marketed for different purposes.
Samsung appears to have positioned the 8-inch model as a travel companion and an upgrade of the 7-inch model, with additional features built-in to make reading easier in varying lighting conditions and video viewing and listening a better overall experience.
On the other hand, Samsung appears to be pushing the 10.1-inch model as more of a home-based media entertainment model that's worth sharing with the family. Aside from having a "comprehensive suite of video, music, and photo software," the 10.1-inch model is also equipped with smart remote and TV out (also known as MHL) capabilities. This allows it to be used as a media control center and as an ideal casual gaming tablet.
Samsung will likely provide more information on its distribution plans for the devices and pricing for the two Galaxy Tab 3 variants on June 20, the date of the Samsung Premiere 2013 event in London. – Rappler.com