by Anton Shilov
04/29/2013 | 11:59 PM
Samsung Electronics on Monday introduced its third-generation 7” media tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3. The tablet features sleek design and enhanced capabilities that bring better performance and multimedia experiences, however, it has outdated display and relatively low-performance application processor.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is based on an unknown dual-core system-on-chip (presumably, outdated Samsung Exynos 4-series) running at 1.20GHz, 1GB LPDDR RAM, 8 or 16GB integrated NAND flash memory a well as Google Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system. The device is equipped with 7” display (with 1024*600 resolution), 3MP main camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera. The gadget features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) with Wi-Fi channel bonding and Wi-Fi Direct support, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, etc. The tablet comes with optional 3G, 3.5G/HSPA+ support as well as accelerometer, geo-magnetic, light and proximity (3G version only) sensors.
The sleek and stylish design encompasses thinner bezel than the previous Galaxy Tab 2. The Galaxy Tab 3 is equipped to better capture life’s moments with its 3MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera.
Even though the Galaxy Tab 3 features a number of enhancements compared to previous-generation models, it is not radically different and is barely competitive against Apple iPad mini, which inherits hardware from the two-years-old Apple iPad 2. Therefore, the novelty will hardly allow Samsung to grow its market share significantly, especially keeping in mind that it will not be priced like the latest 7” models from Acer Group, Asustek Computer or Hewlett-Packard.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7” Wi-Fi-only version will be available globally beginning May and 3G version will follow in June. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.