Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8- and 10.1-inch tablets will be available in the UK later this year!

Samsung has today announced it’s new additions to the Galaxy Tab range for 2013. Joining the previously announced 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 will be the 8 inch and 10.1 inch varieties, baring the same Galaxy Tab 3 name. Read on to find out more about these new tablets.

 

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8 inch

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8 inch model has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. The tablet has a WXGA (1280×800) TFT display, giving a rather low pixel density of 189 ppi. The tablet comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box with Samsung’s Touchwiz skin as an overlay. There is a 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 5 PM rear facing camera, which can record 720p at 30 frames per second. Storage wise, the Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch model comes in 16 and 32 GB Variants, but of course you can expand this with a Micro SD card up to an additional 64 GB as well. Powering this tablet is a 4,450 mAH battery, which should get you through the day. The Wi-Fi model weights 314 grams.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Back (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Back (Image Credit: Samsung)

  • 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. Samsung’s “reading mode” technology is effective and allows for maximum screen use. Optimising the display to deliver perfect illumination and for comfortable paper-like reading in a variety of lighting conditions. Samsung’s Sound Alive and Dolby Surround Effect maximise every sound and allows you to enjoy clearer dialogue, consistent volume levels, and superior audio. The physical keys on the bottom of the device also gives you a comfortable smartphone-like experience when navigating.
  • Enhanced Smart Usability: Making travel and discovery effortless, the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch features the S Translator, which provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and ChatON. This instant translation works both from speech-to-text and text-to-speech, ensuring that you can communicate with ease when traveling internationally. The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch also includes WatchOn, which turns your tablet into a virtual TV remote by syncing with your local service provider and allowing wireless control for television viewing. Intuitive features such as Story Album and Group Play gives you more ways to share and enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around you instantly.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 inch

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 inch comes with a 1.6 Ghz Dual Core processor onboard with 1 GB of RAM. The display is a 1280 x 800 WXGA TFT one, giving a pixel density of 149 ppi. Like the Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch, the 10.1 variant comes with Android 4.2 with Samsung’s Touchwiz skin as an overlay. This tablet has a 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 3 MP rear facing camera capable of recording 720p at 30 frames per second. There are 16 and 32 GB versions, each with the option to expand a further 64 GB if you use a micro SD card. A whopping 6800 mAH battery is powering this device which should definitely get you through the day and maybe more. The Wi-Fi model weights 510 grams.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Back (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Back (Image Credit: Samsung)

  • Amplified Multimedia Experience: The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch seamlessly combines sleek design with 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 use. 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 centre 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 is able to make a seamless transition from the perfect gaming device for kids to the ideal home media control device for the parents. Whether streaming movies to television, controlling home audio systems or playing games at the highest resolution, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch smoothly integrates into the household for an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series will be available in the UK later this year. There will be a 4G LTE version, 3G version, and WiFi version. Details on which variants will be ranged in the UK and the UK shipping date will be announced in due course.

My Thoughts

It’s slightly confusing to have three different form factors for the same Samsung product name isn’t it? The size difference is significant between the 7 and 10.1 or the 8 and 10.1 but what about the 7 to the 8, some consumers might get confused on which is which. Also don’t forget in addition to the TAB series of products, Samsung also have a NOTE Tablet, so it could become a case of too many devices where consumers are given way too many options that it becomes somewhat overwhelming. On the other hand, each form factor has a specific use case and should fit the needs of customers but at least on the surface, it seems like too many options could be a bad thing. Specs wise, the tablets are a bit disappointing, mainly the screen resolution. Some of you will know I have the GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet (which I will review at some point) and the main negative with that is the display resolution, 1280 x 800, is far too low and I can definitely see some pixels.

It seems Samsung has made this flaw yet again, at least the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch should have a 1080p display or something with at least maybe 200 or 250 ppi, but 149 is very low and some consumers might be put off by this. Design wise, they’re similar to other GALAXY products, so there’s a sense of familiarity there. The tablets do pack a lot of good software features as stated above, but whether consumers will actually be aware of and use these to their full potential remains to be seen. Hopefully Samsung have something good up their sleeve for the next Galaxy NOTE tablet and preferably with a much sharper display.


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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

So what do you guys think of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8 inch and 10.1 inch tablets? What tablet (if any) are you using now, what would make you change? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Bunjiweb

    Good stuff PD, and I totally agree about the screen resolutions – a 10″ tablet these days needs to be 1080p when the phones in are pocket are already sporting 4.7″+ @ FHD…

  • Sebastian

    This is very weird, hardware wise there is no reason to buy this over the now quite old Nexus 10. Especially since the Nexus 10 is manufactured by Samsung aswell, there is no reason for the screens to have such a low resolution.
    What a shame Samsung.

  • A-CURSED-GINGER

    The res is low, meaning it isn’t a going to appeal to that many people, but it’s still a decent product.

  • I have to see this up close to judge if it’s a good or not. Good article.

  • NaijaMan

    Great article Purav, it seems they may be aiming this line of tablets to people who can’t afford to get the higher-end tablets currently in the market. Then again, that depends on the prices they bring out. Also, the bigger variant (10.1 inch) of the tablet seems to have a lower MegaPixel camera than the smaller variant, why this is the case, Lord knows.

  • BillJude56

    Overkill and underkill by Samsung.

  • BillJude56

    They need to make up their $12 billion valuation loss somehow.