Jul 11, 2013
→ Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Specifications-11 JULY 2013
In their third generation, the Galaxy Tab series by Samsung are finally coming to terms with playing second fiddle to the Notes. The S-Pen and the processing power are, at this point, the main dividing line between mainstream and premium, but the gap will probably widen. If you're after latest-generation chipsets and full-HD screens, the Note line of tablets is by far the safer bet.
The Galaxy Tabs on the other hand are shaping up as the sensible, value choice. And by the way, having two distinct product lines covering the midrange and the premium segment, is perhaps helping Samsung maintain a relatively strong position despite the fact that the Koreans are clearly not doing as well in the tablet space as in the smartphone realm.
Now, it's not the race to the top the GalaxyTab 3 tablets are interested in but it isn't the race to the bottom either. Those three seem to make sense in the middle - and no other than the middle sibling stands out from the rest.
The Galaxy Tab 3 lineup comes in three screen sizes - 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 inch. It was exactly the eight-inch version that was missing in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 series. The first generation didn't have one either, there was a 7.7" AMOLED sporting slate there instead and an 8.9" LTE-enabled version.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 conveniently uses the momentum of the eight-inch Note and, just as conveniently, is giving Samsung the chance to double-mark the iPad mini. Let's start with the rundown.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Specifications
*.8.0" 16M-color LCD capacitive touchscreenof 800 x 1280 pixel resolution
*.Android OS v4.2.2 withTouchWiz
*.1.5 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB ofRAM, Exynos 4212 Dual chipset
*.5 MP autofocus camerawith face detection
*.720p HD video recording at 30fps
*.16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot
*.Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n support
*.GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
*.Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
*.microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging
*.Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
*.Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
*.Very slim at only 8mm
*.1.3MP secondary video-call camera
*.Document editor and file manager comes preinstalled
*.Extremely rich video and audio codec support
*.4450 mAh battery
*.Speakers at the bottom (portrait), rather than front-facing on either side
*.No NFC support
*.No FM Radio
*.Questionable still image and video recording quality
Samsung is probably hoping that its eight-inch tablet will stand outamong the seven-inchers, which makers, big and small, have been bringing to the market in droves. The good thing is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 makes a very positive visual impression - the slim bezels and the great screen to surface ratio are a nice advantage over the 8" Note.