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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7″ to Cost Just $150?

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According to an un-sourced DigiTimes article, Samsung plans to launch three tablets in 2013. Technically, this info is not new since we are expecting two Galaxy Tab 3 models (one 10.1″ and one 7″) and the Galaxy Note 8, which was even outed by a Samsung executive. The news is that Sammy plans on pricing the 7″ tablet extremely low, anywhere from just $149 to a high of $199. 

So far, very little is known about either Galaxy Tab models. All that has been rumored is a 5MP camera, two models for each variation sporting WiFi/3G connectivity, and 32GB and 64GB size options. No word on processors, displays, or anything of that nature that would hint at a low price point.

I would like to take this time to remind manufacturers that it shouldn’t be a complete race to the bottom. This isn’t limbo. Instead of sacrificing quality, let’s meet in the middle. Give us a some good specs that will interest buyers and price it accordingly. $250 is a great price point for a well-powered tablet. To some buyers, specs have nothing to do with it. They will see a company like Samsung, a well recognized name even to uninformed consumers, and think that they are getting a great tablet for just $150. Who knows, maybe it will rock. /rant

Thoughts on a $150 Sammy tablet? How low is too low?

Via: Digitimes

  • Benmartin1974

    Id’ been pondering buying a Galaxy Tab for some time. I read dozens of reviews and this one was helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I got my package last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure:

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  • Shaydogg007

    I’m going to have to say the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is up there with the Nexus 7. It might not be as powerful but it makes up for it in storage capacity.

  • WantaDroid

    No sd card = Fail to me, I like the extras on a tablet, so I don’t think low price gets me what I want in a tablet.

  • master94

    I would buy if it had decent specs for $150, otherwise if they are gonna skimp on the specs, than I’ll just get a Nexus for 50 more

  • MKader17

    To be honest I would take a $150 good non-tegra dual core over a $199 Nexus Tegra Quad-core. I think that Asus + Tegra was just bad.

    ***Bitter about the read/write and stability issues with his tf201***

  • hkklife

    The Galaxy Tab 2 7″ was a POS. Too little internal storage, underpowered SoC, Touchwiz, weak battery, and generally little better than its predecessor device. And you could easily make the argument that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″ was a worse device than its predecessor (other than JB and the microSD slot).

    I really hope Samsung ditches the proprietary connector for the 3rd gen and tries to compete in the magical $199-$299 7″-8″ tablet realm instead. I am still PO’d that we never got a wi-fi Tab 7.7 in the US…

  • No way

  • Bionicman

    put in the same exynos processor the GNote 2 has, 2GB of memory and expandable memory and you got yourself a deal at 150!

  • coolsilver

    Yea… My OG Galaxy Tab works just fine. I wouldn’t even know what to do with it if I upgraded let alone the several abused smartphones I have laying around with dead or no batteries.

    • JoshGroff

      Could always sell them on Swappa, eBay, or Craigslist. I barely keep a device for more than a few months. I wait till the next big thing drops in price, sell my old phone and grab one used.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Is that a low price? Yes. But how about some free tablets? Amazon is supposedly doing some research to give away free Kindles to their Amazon Prime Customers. The idea is that they will open a conduit to which users can spend more money on content, more easily. I can see how more and more manufacturers will start to realize that this is a pricing option that works. If you can lead your customer base into buying software and other products through a free device, that can lead to profitability. Apple makes a ton of money off of their hardware but then also makes even more money from their iTunes library of apps and content. Google is trying to compete with this same model but undercutting Apple by selling their tablets and devices at cost (Nexus anyway). When will we see free is more of the question. Not if, but when. These tablets cost a lot of money but then look at your cable box or DVR from a cable company or Sat service. Those boxes cost in upwards of $800 but they are treated like garbage by the providers as well as the users. This is because no one cares about the cable boxes, they care about the sales generated from the content accessed by the boxes. Amazon is smart to envision a tablet in every room of their users house. Instead of reading your Maxim in print and then getting a craving to maybe make a future purchase for that new 10 gallon kegerator, they want you to read the ad in a Kindle with a “one-click” buy option and forget about waiting or changing your mind. Now that is how you advertise and sell impulse buys. If tablets become commonplace, maybe you will be watching a TV commercial and you like the product you see. Just like the “what song is this” feature, you might be able to point your device at the screen and hit a “but this now” button through Amazon. Instead of thinking of tablets as toys and entertainment devices, think of them as commercials that sell products in real-time. When that happens, we will see companies giving these suckers away. Heck, even Microsoft is selling Xboxes for $100 with a 2yr contract for live. They are counting on you spending more money as long as they can keep you connected. Keep that up and maybe someday they will be giving away Xboxes instead of cable boxes. Why not?

  • Axel Foley

    Love to see Samsung create a tablet that matches the success/desirability of the S3/GNote II.

  • Wayne

    My nexus 7 lasted 3 months and then the screen cracked so I’m all for a new 7 inch to add some variety and hopefully some longevity. Will wait to purchase, hoping that the new Samsung still has gorilla glass not just corning scratch resistant glass like the nexus.

    • mustbepbs

      Don’t worry, Gorilla Glass breaks just as fast 😛

      I’m guessing you had screen lift? Did you try to RMA it? Exchange it?

  • Brent Cooper

    I’d love to see a range of tablets, from lower end/lower price, to higher end/higher price. Or at least keeping older year models to allow for multiple price points. While I don’t think a race to the bottom should be a main goal, I would like to see all ends of the spectrum covered.

  • Jim

    My wife teaches Pre-K, K, and Grade 1 and has been given $300 to spend on computer hardware. She’d like to spend it on two tablets instead of just one, so something like this would be perfect.

  • mustbepbs

    Nexus or bust. Regardless of price, the 16 GB Nexus 7 at $199 is still the best deal in the 7 inch market.

    • I would have to agree with you there. I truly feel that the Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet out there. Fantastic specs, great price, and wonderful timely updates.

      Think about this – if the N7 was a hotdog that had mayo, ketchup, onions (un-cooked), and relish on it, I would totally eat it.

      • mustbepbs

        Mayo on a hot dog..hmm..I’ve got to try that sometime. Sounds delightful.

        • Mayo and ketchup combined equals secret sauce. Money.

          • JetBlue

            Which then you can charge 3 dollars for.

          • CafeMen

            I always mix mayo and ketchup and put it on burgers and hotdogs and stuff. I mix it till it looks like a plain pinkish-white sauce. Oh my lord it tastes so good.

      • Axel Foley

        Mustard, grilled onions, sauerkraut on a grilled all beef dog… # winning

        • Dan

          So close.. mustard, sauerkraut, raw onions on a grilled polish dog ftw

      • Dr_Buttballs

        “Hey. If you were a hot dog would ya eat yourself?”

        • No, but if the moon was made of ribs I might eat that! 😛

          • hurr

            whos doing that?

          • hur

            yes, you!

    • rockstar323

      Agree completely. I had been holding off on buying a tablet for most of 2012 mostly because I’m cheap and kept talking myself out of it. My family knows this so they bought me a few hundered worth of gift cards for Christmas so I would buy one. I planned on waiting till after CES so I could make sure I got the best specs for the best price. Then I realized that the only tablet that I would want more than a Nexus would be another Nexus and Google probably wouldn’t announce one till the I/O and I wasn’t going to wait 6+ months for that. So I picked up a 32GB Nexus 7 with some accessories and I absolutely love it. Wish I hadn’t waited so long to purchase it.

      • michael arazan

        But people with kids are going to love this deal, even schools are starting to integrate tablets to education in class rooms. Having a $150 tablet in substitute for 5-10 year old school books will revolutionize the education system, especially when brand new books cost average $80 per text.

        • rockstar323

          I agree. Normal consumers will be all over this the same way they were with the original Fire. Most of us here aren’t your average consumers. We care about specs, and running the latest version of Android. That’s the beauty of a Nexus.

    • HotRodJohnson

      Unless you luck out and get the 32GB on a special deal.

    • apuk101

      It’s a pity it’s not reliable though – my second one is going back tomorrow for a refund – both have had screen failures 🙁

      I guess you get what you pay for, and abysmal service/support from Google Play is part of the reason I’ll be buying a different brand now.

  • “Give us a some good specs that will interest buyers and price it accordingly. $250 is a great price point for a well-powered tablet.”

    agreed, boost up the camera mp as well please…

    • Or just take out the camera all together and make the device thinner. Ah, that’s a good poll idea. Do you wish your Nexus 7 had a back-facing camera? I’ve never been like, “Damn, I wish there was a camera on this thing.”

      • I did find the camera on my iPad 2 useful. Whenever i wanted to take a page (or pages) from one of my textbooks to go, it was as simple as opening the camera app and taking a couple of pictures. No lugging around books or tons of sheets of paper.

      • ddh819

        once in a while i do wish it had a back camera – not to take pictures of my kids or whatever but for utilitarian reasons, sometimes my phone is downstairs charging and i want to take a pic of something quickly like a product label so i remember to buy the same thing later.

      • i definitely wish there was a camera on the n7, possibly would have purchased it by now. i know taking a picture with your tablet isn’t ideal and looks kind of geeky, but i’d prefer to have the option than not…

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          While I have never used the camera on my transformer to snap some photos, I have used bar code scanner a few times and I have used CamScanner a lot to scan documents into PDF. That program alone, has made having the camera worthwhile.

      • Axel Foley

        Had my Nexus 7 since release and I’ve only thought about it having a back facing camera once or twice, certainly not enough to pay for it.

      • Ive gotta say, taking pics on the N7 wouldn’t look as stupid as taking pics with an ipad. Phones are already reaching the 5-6″ size anyways.

    • Raven

      I couldn’t care less about a rear camera on my tablet, except for maybe some rare code scanning. But, give me a MicroSD slot and HDMI out. Lately, I have been using my daughter’s Nabi 2 tablet for entertainment more than my own Nexus 7. I connect it to my 56″ HDTV via a 15′ HDMI cable and play all kinds of video.

  • Thomas

    Confirmed Tim ? Lol.

    • Unsourced DigiTimes articles are as 100% confirmed as Maury paternity test results. Thomas, you ARE the father!

      • Thomas

        Damn it !!! I thought for sure the kid was yours 🙂

        • No no no, safety first over here! 😛

          • Thomas

            Corning really needs to make a Gorilla Glass condom.

          • Hah! At next year’s CES they will unveil it. That would be one hell of a live demo!