Samsung has just announced two more tablets will be added its ever growing product range, the 8.0 and 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung’s catalogue of products is constantly being added to and updated, but can these latest tablets from the electronics giant take on Apple’s ever-dominant iPad?
The 8.0 inch version of the device is comes installed with Android 4.2 Jellybean, with a 1280×800 resolution TFT display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Coming in 16GB and 32 GB variations, the tablet weighs in at light 316g and is a very thin 7.4mm. Although you cannot fault Samsung for continuing its design trends (the Galaxy Tab 3 series looks very similar to the S4 smartphone) these tablets will not be winning any design awards anytime soon for originality.
Its larger brother, the 10.1 inch version, very surprisingly sports similar (and in some cases poorer) specifications. Under the hood there is a dual core 1.6GHz processor powering it, with a measly 1GB of RAM backing it up, and it weighs in at 510g at only 7.95mm thick. Both tablets sport the same screen resolution, but due to the 10.1 inch’s larger surface area it only displays images at a very low 149 pixels per inch (PPI), compared to 189 PPI on the 8-inch version (both low figures for tablets these days – the iPad displays images at 264PPI for instance). As a result, the display will not look as sharp or detailed as competitor’s offerings.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Series adds little to Samsung’s catalogue. It is nothing original, new or exciting, and there are plenty of other better alternatives out there. The series lacks the ‘wow’ factor which has made the iPad such a success, and offers little over the competition. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but if Samsung’s other tablets are anything to go by then they probably suffer from high price tags.
If you cannot wait to get your hands on one of these devices however, be prepared to wait. According to Samsung both tablets will be released ‘later this year’ in Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G versions. Be sure to check back for any future updates on the Galaxy Tab 3 series.