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Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Tab 3 Budget-Friendly Family Members With 10.1 and 8-inch Displays

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Samsung announced two new members of its Galaxy Tab 3 family this morning, the Tab 3 10.1 and Tab 3 8. As one would assume from the naming scheme, one has a 10.1″ display, while the other sports an 8″ display. Keep in mind that the Tab family is Samsung’s budget-friendly line of tablets, while the Note line is their higher-end range. So yes, we’re looking at budget tablets that will likely drop at low prices across the globe.

With the Tab 3 10.1, you are looking at a 1280×800 display, dual-core processor, only 1GB of RAM, low-res cameras, and Android 4.2.2. With the Tab 3 8, you have an 8″1280×800 display, dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.2.2 all wrapped into the body of a tablet that matches the form factor of the iPad Mini. I know that may sound ridiculous, but just look at it.

Both tablets, along with the previously announced Tab 3 7, will be available globally in June. 


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Press Release

Samsung Introduces New GALAXY Tab 3 Series

June 3, 2013

Next-generation GALAXY tablets integrate intuitive new features and enhanced performance for all

SEOUL, Korea, June 03, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the introduction of the GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch which will be available globally beginning of June. Offering an expanded range of options along with previously announced 7-inch version, the GALAXY Tab 3 Series provides customers various ways to view, listen, create, and share meaningful events and special content with those who matter most. Whether surfing the web at home or reading during the commute, each device is packed with enhanced content and intuitive design perfect for viewing or sharing content with friends and family, and capturing all of life’s spontaneous moments.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch

  • Exceptional Reading and Entertainment Experience: Designed to be held in one hand, the new GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch is the optimal device for viewing videos, playing enhanced games, and reading e-Books anytime, anywhere. Outstanding slim bezel for effective and maximum screen use makes Samsung’s “reading mode” technology which optimizes the display to deliver perfect illumination and tone for comfortable paperlike readability in a variety of lighting conditions work better on its 8-inch screen. Samsung’s Sound Alive for Audio and Dolby Surround for Video Play maximize every sound allow users to enjoy clearer dialogue, consistent volume levels, and superior audio to further enhance the overall multimedia experience with the new device. Also, the physical keys on the bezel at bottom give users a comfortable smartphone-like experience in navigating.
  • Enhanced Smart Usability: Making travel and discovery more effortless, the GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch features S Translator, which provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech-to-text and text-to-speech, ensuring that you can communicate with ease while traveling internationally. Also, S Travel, the Smart Travel Companion, provides real-time local information in need for travel along with user’s travel paths. Users can get information and make reservation of the places classified in various categories such as Place, Hotel, Tickets, Food and Forum, and more. In addition, intuitive features such as Story Album and Group Play also allow users more ways to instantly share and enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around them.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch

  • Amplified Multimedia Experience: Built to be the leading 10-inch tablet in the market, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch seamlessly combines sleek design and enhanced multimedia capabilities for home and family use. Stacked with a 1.6 GHz Dual Core processor, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch is the ideal device for everyday family use and multimedia consumption. Featuring a comprehensive suite of video, music, and photo software, and coupled with the clarity of its display, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 takes center stage for portable home entertainment.
  • A Perfect Tablet for the Entire Family: Equipped with Smart Remote and MHL (TV Out) capabilities, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 seamlessly transitions from the perfect gaming device for kids to the ideal home media control device for the parents. Whether streaming movies to the family television or playing games at the highest resolution, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch smoothly integrates into the household media environment for an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.


Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • 10.1-inch WXGA TFT (1280 x 800, 149PPI) 
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95mm
  • 510g (Wi-Fi)
  • 1.6GHz dual-core processor
  • 3MP rear camera; 1.3MP front camera
  • WiFi, HSPA+, LTE
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage; microSD card slot expansion

Galaxy Tab 8

  • 8-inch WXGA TFT(1280 x 800, 189PPI) 
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4mm
  • 314g(Wi-Fi)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP rear camera; 1.3MP front camera
  • WiFi, HSPA+, LTE
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage; microSD card slot expansion

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Via:  Samsung

  • Robert

    Not even a small mention that the new 10.1-inch Tab has an Intel processor? I thought for sure you guys would’ve pointed that out: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/3/4390742/samsung-galaxy-tab-3-tablets

  • hkklife

    IF Google doesn’t announce a N7 refresh by July or Aug then I may seriously take a look at the 8″ Tab IF Samsung meets the following criteria:

    -Available in black in the USA
    -32Gb storage version available in USA (never a sure thing with Samsung)
    -Performance & battery life is better across the board than the N7

    I honestly hate Touchwiz but it seems to annoy me less on tablets than on Smartphones. Otherwise, an 8″ or 7.7″ 1080P Nexus would be ideal. But its worth noting that an 8″ Galaxy Tab is gonna have a good bit more usable screen space than a 7″ or 7.7″ Nexus with its onscreen buttons…

    • Butters619

      Personally I wouldn’t spend money on this 8″ tab. Specs aren’t that great, screen still isn’t gull HD. You are better off just getting an N7.

  • sagisarius

    Wow, that’s thinner than an iPad 2, by about a mm, If the weight and price are right, I’ll have to check it out.

  • Flush_

    Why does the 8 have better specs? Why not just make them the same with a 10.1 being a bigger tab? 3MP to 5MP camera? 1GB to 1.5GB ram? 149 to 189 PPI?

  • zombiewolf115

    looks ugly practically a stretched galaxy s4, dual core? crap 1 gig of ram?crap. and that god awful button. ill stick to my nexus 7 thank you

  • Chris

    The Touch-wiz UI turns me off. I can’t stand skinned android anymore. Vanilla Android has made leaps and bounds with the Stock UI. I don’t mind added features but quit dramatically changing everything, this is why Android updates take forever to come out. This is just my opinion and Vanilla Android may not be for everybody.

    • kindrudekid

      exactly, like Asus has done with the Transformer Pad, its a nice little addon. not invasive and it is the first non Nexus to get 4.2.2

  • b00sted

    why must they ruin it with hardware buttons!

    • LionStone

      Yep , forget that madness…I bought a GTab 10.1, no physical buttons, but it could use an update, barely use it anymore except for watching Netflix. I like my Nexus 7 form factor, but wish there was a bit more usable screen.

      • b00sted

        That is what I am still rocking too. Back in the day I use to theme for the tab on task’s roms lol.

  • mustbepbs

    I’m sure the prices won’t match the level of hardware you’re getting. This reeks of arrogance.

  • Josh C

    The 8 with LTE may be mine if the price is right.

  • primarchlion

    That button placement turns me off.

    • j

      Breaking news from 2009: Physical navigation buttons on a tablet are a stupid idea.

      • michael arazan

        What’s next, they start putting a home button on their TV’s, refrigerators and other appliances?

        Maybe I should delete this as to not give them any ideas

    • Tim Buchanan

      You gotta remember, at the end of the day, Sammy is a consumer electronics corporation. That means their money comes from selling devices to the consumer. With the tablet market quickly struggling free from the stranglehold of Apple, Samsung gives consumers an alternative that still has some of the old comforts they’re used to, like a physical home button. Android geeks like us know better, and we’ve moved beyond physical hardware keys long ago. But the vast majority of consumers need things like that as a means of weening them off of the iTeet.

      • MasterEthan

        Disagree. The physical hardware keys are not a buying factor to most consumers. Having them does not make it any more appealing to an new tablet owner or a prior iPad/iPhone owner. I’ve never heard any iPad user go “if that android tablet just had hardware keys I’d buy it.” I know people who own iPads and thought my Nexus 7 was nice as well as are thinking of buying an android tablet like Galaxy Tab 2, and the lack of physical keys was never mentioned as an issue.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    At what point does Samsung sit back and think to them selves… “Okay we have WAY too many devices”… Freakin aye.

    • EC8CH

      at what point do they sit back and think… “those buttons are dumb”?

  • sc0rch3d

    kinda strange from the RAM perspective when all other specs are identical :-/

    • Ian

      They have different processors as well… very interesting