Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 to hit the U.S. on July 7, priced from $199 up

The Galaxy Tab 3 line of tablets are coming to the U.S., and soon. They're also coming at an aggressive price, it was announced on Monday.

When originally announced, there were two versions, the 8-inch and 10.1-inch, but Samsung, always wanting to offer a screen size for everyone, is offering a 7-inch model, too. The tablets will arrive on July 7.

The specs vary quite a bit from version to version. The 7-inch model is priced at $199 and has a 1.2-GHz dual-core Marvell processor, a 1,024-by-600 screen, but only 8GB of internal storage (it does, of course, support a microSD card).

It has a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. This model will compete with low priced tablets like the Kobo Arc, Asus Memo Pad HD 7 and Coby MID7065.

Meanwhile, the 8-incher gets a boost to Android 4.2, and comes with a more familiar 1.5-GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core (not quad-core or eight-core) processor. It ships with a 1,280-by-800 screen and 16GB of internal storage (those recalling the harangue over the GS4's "available" storage should note that only 11.26GB is available).

It also has a a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and is also only 7.4mm thick. Priced at $299, it's positioned to compete with Apple's $329 iPad mini and Amazon.com's $269 Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

Finally, Samsung's 10.1-inch tablet leads the way with a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Z2560 "Clover Trail+" processor. That alone makes it interesting to many. Intel-based smartphones have shipped in other countries, but none have come to the U.S. due to Intel's lack of LTE support. This is a wi-fi-only tablet, which eliminates that issue.

Other specifications for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.2.

Are consumers ready for so much choice? Samsung has a clear target in mind for each screen size. Here's how Samsung's press release characterizes them:
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is aimed at consumers who are in the market to purchase a portable tablet with all the features and reliability they need to stay connected throughout their daily activities. Built for portability, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 allows users to consume and manage content on-the-go. It is compact enough to easily slide into handbags or a jacket pocket so that consumers on-the-go will appreciate its compact size and lightweight design.

The premium Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 product is thin, lightweight, feature-packed and powerful, making it the ideal portable tablet for on-the-go performance. With Samsung’s built-in Reading Mode, the Tab 3 8.0 is the perfect e-reader-sized tablet.

New for the Galaxy Tab family of devices is Samsung’s Multi-Window functionality. Following the popularity of the feature on Note devices, Multi-Window comes to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Offering true PC-like multi-tasking, consumers can use two apps side-by-side, with support up to 20 applications, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 offers a larger HD screen optimized for entertainment – watching movies and playing games. With Samsung’s WatchON TV recommendation service, built-in IR blaster and 10.1-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is the new hub of the living room. As a second screen companion and perfect tablet for viewing content and watching movies, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 transforms the ultimate content-consumption device.

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