Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition is on its way, includes new Samsung GamePad controller

December 19, 2013
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Samsung is no stranger when it comes to creating minor revisions of its tablet hardware, or even creating product bundles that bear their own special names. A few examples that come to mind include the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids and, if rumor proves correct, the company is even preparing a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite.

Now it looks like we’re getting yet another special edition bundle, this time the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition. As you might have guessed, the new bundle includes a run-of-the-mill Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 bundled with Samsung’s new GamePad controller.

Of course the Tab 3 itself is too big to hook up to the Gamepad’s smartphone attachment bracket, but the good news is that Samsung is including an HDMI adapter so you can hook the Tab 3 up to your TV and then use the controller across the room via Bluetooth. Basically its like a micro-console and Android tablet all in one convenient package.

The Tab 3 Game Edition is like having a micro-console and Android tablet all in one convenient package.

Unfortunately, the Tab 3 8.0 isn’t exactly a heavyweight champion when it comes to hardware, though it should still handle most games at least reasonably well.

As a refresher, the device is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 CPU with 1.5GB of RAM. Other specs include 16GB storage, a 5MP shooter, 1.3MP front cam, microSD, a 4450 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean onboard.

So when can we expect the tablet bundle, and for how much exactly? Samsung has yet to officially reveal pricing or even a release date just yet, but from the sounds of it, it will be arriving ‘soon’ to consumers in Europe. No word on if or when the bundle will make its way to North America, though we wouldn’t be too surprised if it did.

For those that are interested in this bundle but want to first learn more about the Tab 3 8.0, be sure to check out our full review.

What do you think, like the idea of a Samsung Galaxy Tab Game Edition? Conversely, would you rather just pick up your own higher-end tablet and pair it with something like a Moga controller?

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