Although an alleged Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has been furiously making the rumor rounds of late, Sammy has decided to first intro the 7-inch variation of the new GTab family. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is however not much of an upgrade over last year’s 7-inch Tab, looking like it won’t exactly play in the same league as Google’s Nexus 7.
The biggest disappointment is by far the sub-par 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution display, which is identical to the one of the second-gen Galaxy Tab 7.0. The processor beneath the new tab’s hood is not too hot either, though it is slightly superior to last year’s – a dual-core unit clocked at 1.2 GHz vs a 1 GHz dual-core.
Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 3 supports GSM voice communication in the 3G-enabled version, but unfortunately there’s still no trace of 4G LTE connectivity. On the software side of things, the new 7-incher comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and most likely with the TouchWiz UI on top, although Samsung doesn’t appear to focus its marketing on that anymore.
Basically all the other features put this on-par with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, including the same old 1 gig of RAM, the 8 and 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, dual 3/1.3 MP cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, A-GPS and GLONASS.
Even the battery is the same size (4,000 mAh), but that’s actually worth the praise given the subtle design makeover of the new Galaxy Tab. Unlike the old slate, which was a little chunky, the 2013 7-incher is a lot slimmer, weighing in at 302 grams and measuring a decent 9.9 mm in thickness.
That’s in fact the only department where the Galaxy Tab 3 shines in comparison with the Nexus 7, a tablet that weighs 340 grams and measures 10.5 mm thick.
But is that really enough to make the Galaxy Tab 3 a sensible investment for tech aficionados? Obviously, it all depends on pricing, the one thing Samsung is not keen to reveal at the moment. But it won’t be long until hearing about that, as the Wi-Fi only version of the slate will go on sale globally beginning sometime in May, with the 3G version following a month later.
For now, let the guessing game begin. Will Samsung price the thing starting at… $150? $175? $125? $100? $200? What do you guys think?