Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 and 10.1 Inch Mistakenly Confirmed

Rumors of new Samsung galaxy devices in the works have been doing rounds for a couple of weeks now.  The rumors intensified about a week after the launch of the company’s flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4 and over the last two weeks, images of some of these devices and device specs from ‘credible’ sources found their way to the internet.  Earlier today though, Samsung Kazakhstan mistakenly confirmed the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets of 8 and 10.1 inch screen sizes.  Besides these two, there was a confirmation of the existence of Samsung Galaxy Zoom and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  You can read the story on these devices here.

Back to Galaxy Tab 3 tablets, although most of us knew that they were coming, it is the specs that were still a speculation, till now.  Samsung Kazakhstan apparently offers special VIP access to its customers to the point of confirming the existence of devices not yet unveiled by the South Korean-based company.  These two tablets come a little over a month after Samsung launched another gadget in the Tab 3 series, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3.

8 Inch Galaxy Tab 3

8 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

We now know that the model number of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8, which is an 8 inch tablet (not to be confused with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 which the company calls a phablet) is GT-N5100.  It boasts of a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.  The tablet will be running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and has dual cameras, a rear primary camera with a 5 megapixels resolution and a front camera adapted for video calls with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels.  This 8 inch tablet is viewed as a response to the popular iPad mini tablet made by Samsung’s rival Apple.

Not so many specs of this tablet were revealed but we can speculate that just like the 7 inch Tab 3, it will have 1 GB RAM, a choice of 16 or 32 GB internal memory but with microSD card support of up to 64 GB, a 4,450 mAh battery pack and will come in Wi-Fi only, 3G and 4G variants.  Unlike the Galaxy Note 8 which bears the same screen resolution as well as camera specifications, the 8 inch Tab 3 will not have an S Pen.

10.1 Inch Galaxy Tab 3

10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The screen size is not the only improvement of this tablet from the 8 inch Galaxy Tab 8; this is the first Galaxy device that will actually come with an Intel processor.  The 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 3 will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core processor and despite the larger screen, will have the same resolution as the 8 inch Tab 3 of 1280 x 800 pixels.  It will also run on the latest Android OS Jelly Bean 4.2 and will sport a front 1.3 megapixels camera for video calls and a meager 3 megapixels rear camera.

When it comes to storage, the 10.1 incher will be available in 16 and 32 GB variants and both will have microSD memory expansion capability of up to 64GB.  It will have the same 1 GB RAM as the other tablets in this line and will be available in Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G versions.  Besides these, the 10.1 inch Tab 3 is speculated to have a bigger 6,800 mAh battery pack, which suits a device with such a large screen.


Both the 8 inch and 10.1 inch Tab 3 tablets will be available internationally later this month but Samsung has not made the specific dates that they will hit the shelves public.  Details on pricing are still unknown either, but it is not so hard to estimate it based on the price of the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3 already in the market.

Sources: CNET and ENGADGET