April 29, 2013
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samsung galaxy tab 3 press

Following on from the plethora of Samsung tablet rumours served up this morning, the Galaxy Tab 3 has been officially announced. Although it may not quite be the tablet that some people were expecting.

Rather than the 8-inch tablet that some were anticipating, the Galaxy Tab 3 will be a more familiarly sized 7-inch device. So it looks likes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 could be an entirely different mid/high end tablet, if the earlier rumours are true. As well as being the same size as the previous generation, the Galaxy Tab 3 also looks virtually identical as well. This will no doubt cause a bit of a stir amongst Samsung’s critics.

Hardware wise the 7-inch LCD display remains unchanged with a passable resolution of 1024 x 600, which works out at 169 pixels per inch, but there are certainly crisper displays to choose from on the market already. The dual-core processor has been sped up a tad to 1.2Ghz, up from 1Ghz in the Galaxy Tab 2, and is accompanied by 1GB RAM. The cameras also remain unchanged, with a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel one on the front.

But there have been a few decent upgrades made to this device. Firstly the tablet’s storage capacity has doubled up, allowing for up to 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card expansion slot for an additional 64GB if you need it. The tablet also comes with a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery, which should keep it running for quite a while.

The Galaxy Tab 3 will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and will also come in a 3G variety for those wishing to use their Tab3 on the move. But sadly the tablet won’t support LTE networks.

We’re still waiting on a price range, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is expected to go on sale at the beginning of May, with the 3G model following shortly after in June.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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