Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Announced

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is the company's newest addition to a swelling lineup of tablets spanning the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note product lines. For those not sold on the Galaxy Note 8.0, the 8-inch tablet with S-pen (stylus), and an alternative to the iPad Mini; the Galaxy Tab 3 offers a more compact 7-inch alternative to the Nexus 7, the other popular tablet.

The Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7-inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen, with a rather paltry 1024 x 600 pixels resolution (169 ppi), which uses a conventional TFT panel. The tablet retains essential design elements from the Galaxy Note 8, in being a curvy slate with a trapezoid home key. Initially, the tablet will be offered in only the pearl white color option, which is glossy white with chrome highlights. The tablet measures 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9 mm, weighing up to 306 g.

Predictably, Samsung is offering cellular-enabled, and WiFi-only variants. The cellular-enabled variant supports 3G HSPA+ up to 21.1 Mbps dn / 5.76 Mbps up. Both variants support 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (up to 300 Mbps), Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/Glonass, and micro-USB 2.0 HiSpeed. In the imaging department, you get a 3-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one.

Under the hood are a 1.20 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and internal storage options that include 8 GB and 16 GB, both of which are expandable up to 64 GB using micro-SDXC. Powering the device is a 4,000 mAh battery. Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" is the OS at work, with the usual Samsung fare, including Hub, and ChatON messenger.

Samsung didn't announce pricing. The WiFi-only model will launch worldwide in this week, while the cellular-enabled one will launch some time in June.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the introduction of the GALAXY Tab 3 - 7-inch tablet featuring sleek design and enhanced capabilities that bring capabilities that bring better performance and multimedia experiences to your fingertips.

With the new GALAXY Tab 3, Samsung has evolved its range of innovative tablets, making them smaller and easier to carry, while increasing the user experience overall

  • Easy Handgrip and Portability: Its compact, one-hand grip form factor ensures users can hold comfortably for hours as well as store in a pocket or small bag for reading and entertainment on the go. The sleek and stylish design encompasses thinner bezel than the previous GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).
  • Better Multimedia Performance: Powered by a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, the device allows for faster downloads and sharing, while providing easy access to videos, apps, games, and the web. Offered with either 8/16 of internal storage plus up to 64GB of expandable memory, the device has plenty of space to hold your favorite photos, music, apps, videos and more.
  • Enhanced User Experience: The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch is equipped to better capture life's moments in stunning clarity and resolution with its 3-megapixel camera rear camera and 1.3 -megapixel front camera. Combined with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), it allows users to share photos, videos, and life's special moments through a few quick taps and swipes.

The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch WiFi 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.