FINALLY. Less than a week before the advent of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 which will invade A merican shores this July 7 and is currently available for pre-order. The device is interestingly available in three sizes, each with different processors. Currently the 3rd generation of Samsung’s line of tablets, the Galaxy Tab 3 is projected to fly off the shelves this month and eventually knock the iPad 4 and iPad mini from the pedestals they are on. The tablets will come with Wi-Fi connectivity at first, the other connections and cellular partnerships (3G and 4G) will arrive on a later date.
The 10.1 inch variety sports the first Intel processor with a 1.6 GHz dual-core Atom chip armed with 1GB of RAM in an Android OS device available in the United States. This has caught most of the Samsung fans’ and tablet enthusiasts’ curiosity. How will it fare? Well, according the Intel’s press releases, its processor has a distinct characteristic that makes the tablet perform pretty fast and allows wide array of applications to be compatible. It also offers a better battery life with its 6800 mAh battery than other competing products. Running the show is the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which sounds deceivingly cute but is a pretty widely-used and highly commended operating system. The display screen however, is at a disappointing 1280 x 800 pixels with 189 ppi, quite a letdown, given that the screen is pretty large. Its memory capacity is only at 16GB, but is easily expandable thanks to a microSD slot. Like all newly released tabs, the Galaxy Tab 3 is equipped with two cameras; the rear possesses a decent 3 MP resolution while the front one boasts an acceptable 1.3 MP resolution.
Meanwhile, the 8-inch variety is pretty thin at 0.29 inches and looks more like a bigger Galaxy S4 smart phone and is clearly competing with the iPad Mini. Like the 10 inch tab, it also sports a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution but is armed with Samsung’s dual-core Exynos 1.5 GHz processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. It runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is equipped with the same cameras as the 10 inch one. It boasts a respectable 16 GB memory which can be augmented through the use of the microSD slot. It is notable that the Galaxy Tab 8.0 is cheaper than the iPad Mini, the slimmest of the three and has the largest ppi (remember, the 8 and 10 have the same screen resolution, but the 8 is simply a couple of inches smaller).
The baby of the triplets, the seven, is armed with a 7-inch screen with a respectable 1024 x 600 resolution. Running it is a 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell processor with 1GB of RAM. It is easily the lightest of the three but notably the thickest of them all. It is only capable of storing just 8 GB of content, but like the others, it can be expanded via a microSD card. Running it is Android’s v4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich.
All three tablets come in white or golden-brown and is only capable of WiFi. The 10.1 inch tab costs at $399, 8-inch at $299 and the 7-inch one at a bargain, $199.
Here’s a brief hands-on video showing off the Android Jelly Bean user interface of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.