The wait is over for the latest generation of Samsung’s tablets — all three versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 series just debuted this morning.
There is a 7-inch model, an 8-inch version, and a 10.1-inch one, with prices ranging from $200 to $400. This puts them below the cost of similar devices in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Overview
This Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) device has a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) resolution, giving it a relatively low pixel density of 169 ppi.
At the heart of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. A microSD HD/XD card slot can add up to 64GB of storage capacity, while there will be versions with 8GB and 16GB of built-in storage.
Other features include a 3 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP webcam.
The 8GB model of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sells for $200. The 16GB version is not yet available.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Overview
The 10.1-inch tablet in this new series has a 1280 x 800 (WXGA) display with a pixel density of 149ppi. This computer has been designed to be in landscape mode by default, as the buttons are located on the long edge.
It runs Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). In a slightly unusual move for an Android device, it uses an Intel 1.6GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM. There will be 16GB and 32GB versions, and both come with a microSD memory card slot that can store up to 64GB.
The Tab 3 10.1 has a 3 MP main camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing one. It includes a 6800mAh battery.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with 16GB of storage is available now for $400.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Overview
In many ways, the 8-inch version of the Tab 3 is identical to the 10-inch model, just with a smaller WXGA screen giving it a 189ppi pixel density.
It has a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM-based processor, but a better rear-camera: 5 MP.
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 16GB is $300.