Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Planned For June ReleaseDale Wright
Samsung continues to push its line of tablets and smartphones forward, and today it has announced a new mini tablet.
The forthcoming Galaxy Tab 3 is expected to be released next month and will be Samsung’s latest attempt to battle the iPad mini and Google Nexus 7. It’s one inch smaller than the Note and doesn’t include a stylus, making it a cheaper option for running Android on the move.
Physically, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 doesn’t look much different to its existing tablets, so there are no surprises on offer when it comes to the specs. The 7” TFT screen is paired with a 1.2 GHz processor, and it’ll run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box – slightly disappointing, seeing as there’s a newer version now. The tablet has a 3 megapixel camera on the back, a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front and is available with either 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage. The battery is a very generous 4,000 mAh capacity model.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed whether the Tab 3 will features some of the software we’re looking forward to playing with on the Galaxy S4 smartphone, such as gaze detection. It has said that there will be a wifi version first, weighing 302g, with a 3G version to follow over the summer, weighing 306g.
All in all, the Galaxy Tab 3 looks more like a small update than anything to shout about, and it certainly doesn’t feature the innovative features we’re expecting from Samsung’s first flexible display device. In fact, Gizmodo have referred to it as ‘yet another boring new Android slate’ – ouch. However, the Tab range is very affordable and has raised the bar for Android devices over the last couple of years, so Samsung is probably just sticking with that formula to get more buyers on board this year.
In the meantime, we can also look forward to the imminent Galaxy S4 smartphone, the S4 mini and a rumoured ‘rugged’ version of the S4 with a waterproof finish.