Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet announced with low-end hardware specs

While Samsung has had huge sales successes with its smartphones like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, the many versions of its Galaxy Tab tablets have been met with indifference from consumers. Today, Samsung announced the newest version of the Galaxy Tab family, but its hardware is not exactly on the high end of the spectrum.

Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Tab 3 shows that it will be a 7-inch tablet based on Android 4.1. However, the processor is just a dual core running at 1.2 GHz, well below the processor the Samsung Galaxy S4 has in both its U.S. and international versions. The screen's resolution is just 1024x600, with a three megapixel rear camera and 1 GB of RAM.

There will be versions sold with 8 GB and 16 GB of on-board storage, along with versions that will have WiFi only along with a WFi/3G wireless option. Add it all up and it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will be priced on the low end of the tablet market. Samsung has yet to announce a price tag for the tablet, but the WiFi version is due in May with a WiFi/3G version coming in June.

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My old galaxy tab (p1000) was mysteriously bricked, so I'm not buying an other galaxy tab.
And the wifi access really sucked.

This is getting ridiculous... Scamsung is just trying to flood the market with as much crappy junk as they possibly can and see how many stupid, gullible customers they can find in the process. You want a decent tablet that isn't bogged down with bloatware, crapware, and malware, go with a Nexus 7 or iPad Mini, both will do a great job, unlike this antiquated piece of ____...

-=MagMan=- said,
This is getting ridiculous... Scamsung is just trying to flood the market with as much crappy junk as they possibly can and see how many stupid, gullible customers they can find in the process.

so you didn't know that was their strategy all along?

How is this different over the current Galaxy Tab 2 7?
I have one of those and spec wise, it is very similar. I'm guessing it just has a bit more 3D grunt.

Lingwo said,
How is this different over the current Galaxy Tab 2 7?
I have one of those and spec wise, it is very similar. I'm guessing it just has a bit more 3D grunt.

1.2ghz vs 1.0ghz, android 4.1 pre-installed, 1.3mp rear camera vs 0.3mp.

nothing. its a joke. There are what a better processor? They change even less than apple on each version. But I bet V4 will be a big change.

Breach said,
I'm looking for a relatively cheap, yet quality tablet for my 4-year old son so that fills the bill ;-)

We have yet to see the final price but I would strongly recommend a Nexus 7 over it, better in almost every way.

ShareShiz said,
Because the Nexus 7 doesn't support microSD cards.

Ah I only read the article so didn't see that. But would that alone be enough to tempt people over?

thealexweb said,

Ah I only read the article so didn't see that. But would that alone be enough to tempt people over?

Yes, just talk to anyone with a kindle fire about how annoying it is to not have an SD card. Even this lady I work with who is almost a total Luddite, can't believe the kindle doesn't have an SD card. This is a person who is totally happy with her Windows 98 computer at home, and doesn't even own any kind of cell phone.

And she can't understand why Amazon is too stupid to put in an SD card.

and thats one reason why google and motorola its doing it wrong... and samsung have so much power over android.

Instead of selling nexus4 and nexus 7 over here in places where people cant afford a decent smartphone, they are leaving it all to samsung which produce so MANY devices even fragmenting android, leaving people with bad experience with crap and lowend devices which in the end dont benefit the android ecosystem.

The Skeptical Canuck said,
A 7" tablet that doesn't even compete with the Nexus 7? Not even slightly interesting.
But probably will sell better. Samsung: A marketing plastic...

The Skeptical Canuck said,
A 7" tablet that doesn't even compete with the Nexus 7? Not even slightly interesting.

If it happens to be an A15 design then it will run circles around the Tegra 3 inside the Nexus 7, even having half the cores and a lower clock speed.