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Samsung Launches 7-Inch Budget Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 joins the compact tablet market with entry-level specs.

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Samsung on Monday announced the third generation of its seven-inch tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 3. The Tab 3 follows its two predecessors in that it offers a budget experience for a budget price in a compact and portable form factor.

The Galaxy Tab 3 measures 7.4 by 4.37 inches and is 0.39 inches thick. It is lightweight at just 0.66 pounds. (It's worth pointing out that the Tab 3 is just slightly bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone, which has a 6.3-inch display.) This small tablet houses a 7-inch display that includes 1024 x 600 pixels, which puts it well below the HD threshold.

It is powered by a dual-core 1.2-GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung didn't specify whether the processor is made in-house or by a third party such as Qualcomm. In addition to Jelly Bean, the Tab 3 includes Samsung's TouchWiz user interface overlay and the accompanying Samsung services, such as Samsung Hub, ChatOn and Samsung Apps. The device will come with two internal storage options, either 8 GB or 16 GB. The Tab 3 supports microSD cards up to 64 GB for additional storage.

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As far as connectivity goes, the Tab 3 includes dual-band Wi-Fi, HSPA+ 3G and EDGE 2G wireless radios. It supports most bands for use on cell networks worldwide. A Wi-Fi-only version is available, as well. It includes GPS and GLONASS to aid location-based services, and packs a bevy of sensors, including accelerometer, compass, light and proximity.

Samsung made modest improvements to the cameras. The main camera can capture 3-megapixel images, while the user-facing camera can capture 1.3-megapixel images. Samsung didn't say what resolution video the Tab 3 can capture.

Last, the tablet is powered by a 4,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery, though Samsung didn't say what sort of battery life that power cell provides.

On its surface, the Tab 3 might look like an iPad Mini competitor, but it isn't. The specs are not nearly close enough to make a fair comparison. Samsung's Note 8 tablet is a much better iPad Mini competitor. So if not the iPad Mini, what is Samsung targeting with the Tab 3? Other entry-level tablets. For example, the Google Nexus 7, which has had a very strong run in its first year. There's also the new HP Slate 7 Android tablet, which recently went on sale. Samsung hasn't suggested pricing for the Tab 3 yet, but it will likely be close to the $199 and $179 price points, respectively, of the Nexus 7 and Slate 7.

The Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 goes on sale in May, with the 3G version following in June. Exact timing of the launch will vary market to market.

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Andy Starr
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4/29/2013 | 7:03:26 PM
re: Samsung Launches 7-Inch Budget Tablet
Another new tablet worth a look at is the Novo 7 Venus that launched last month that's available for $149 through a site called TabletSprint - this new model runs Android 4.2 and compares closely to the Nexus 7 - featuring a Quad Core processor and HD 1280x800 IPS Screen; while also offering a few features the Nexus doesn't - including a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and HDMI 1080p; plus a 4000 mAh battery and 3G internet connection through its USB port. This tablet is made by AInol Electronics, which is known for winning runner-up for Best Tablet of the Year at CES 2012. TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps.

Also launching in early May and available through TabletSprint is the Icoo 7GT - 3G Model for $199, which rivals the Nexus 7 - 3G version that's priced $100 more -- the Icoo 7GT - 3G offers a built-in SIM slot for 3G HSPA+ connection with both Internet access and Voice Calling through any GSM Network such as AT&T and T-Mobile; and also features a Quad Core processor, HD 1280x800 IPS Screen, and built-in GPS; and also offers a Rear 5 Megapixel Camera, MicroSd Memory Card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port with 4K HD output to stream video & movies to a TV.

Overall, both of these new models are pretty impressive for the features they offer and price.
makavelimel
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4/29/2013 | 2:54:42 PM
re: Samsung Launches 7-Inch Budget Tablet
I love the nexus 7 but I need micro sd slot..
makavelimel
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4/29/2013 | 2:54:03 PM
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one reason i see is for expand memory. for me, 32gb is not enough...
companyemails
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companyemails,
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4/29/2013 | 2:36:55 PM
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Why would any manufacturer build a product such as this and price it as if the Nexus 7 didn't exist? I see no reason to buy this over a Nexus 7.
rogerdanielpaul
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4/29/2013 | 2:20:56 PM
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DOA if it is above 150.00
Snidely70448
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Snidely70448,
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4/29/2013 | 2:15:31 PM
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Yawn. Another "tablet".
massysett
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massysett,
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4/29/2013 | 1:59:58 PM
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The screen is not even as good as the year-old Nexus 7, which has 1280x800 (this is 1024x600). Will wait for the updated Nexus 7.
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