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Samsung's latest tablets get priced

Samsung officially announced its new Galaxy Tab 3 series earlier this month with tablets ranging in size from 7" to 10.1". Today, the South Korean company has announced pricing for the tablets.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be priced at $199. This device features a meager 1024x600 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8GB of internal storage.
The $299 Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 slightly ups the ante with a 1280x800 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (1.5GM of system RAM) and 16GB of storage.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 forgoes the ARM-based processors in its smaller brother and instead adopts a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Z2560 processor (and just 1GB of system RAM). Despite the larger screen size, the 10.1" model is still saddled with a 1280x800 display.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in "Gold Brown"
Each tablet in the Galaxy Tab 3 series comes with a microSD slot for storage expansion, a built-in IR blaster which turns the devices into universal remotes, support for Samsung's WatchON TV recommendation service, and will be available in white or "Gold Brown". The two larger models come equipped with Android 4.2 while the smallest member of the family makes do with Android 4.1.
Pre-orders for the devices begin tomorrow, with nationwide availability in store like Newegg, Frys, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart starting on July 7.

Source: Samsung

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What are they thinking?
By GreenEnvt on 6/24/2013 10:18:46 AM , Rating: 2
My wife broke the digitizer on our Nexus 7, and since it will cost over $100 for a new LCD/digitizer, I was thinking of just replacing it.

However this "new" 7 inch tab costs the same as a Nexus 7, yet has a lower res screen, half the storage (though expandable), and no real notable advantages other than maybe the infrared feature.

Thats a loser.

I'll wait for the Nexus 7 to get a refresh.

RE: What are they thinking?
By 440sixpack on 6/24/2013 10:27:00 AM , Rating: 2
I hear you. I have an original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and I still see no real reason to upgrade. I like the 10" size (would like 11" actually), but higher res screen and specs to match would have to go along with that.

RE: What are they thinking?
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 11:25:03 AM , Rating: 3
I just don't get Samsung and tablets. They just dont seem to get it.

These tablets arent even up to last years specs. The Nexus 7 came out last July with a faster CPU and higher res for $200. It's fine if you arent shooting for the high end, but you have to price it right. There are other tablets with 1280x800 screens for $129 now. WTF would anyone buy a 1024x600 for $200? Even the tab 8 doesnt hold up to the 1 year old NExus 7. What good is an extra inch of screen at the same already outdated resolution? You would have to be totally clueless to buy any tab 3 model. Not one of them is decent - The 7 should s/b $99 max. The 8 should be $199 (and that is being very generous).

RE: What are they thinking?
By Mitch101 on 6/24/2013 11:45:17 AM , Rating: 1
Its actually more than enough tablet for most people. Most people play simpler games like word with friends, read books, check e-mail etc and don't care about having HD screens especially at 10" in size. Although I kind of agree a 1280x800 screen would make more sense but 1024x600 is fine especially for a $200.00 tablet from a REAL manufacturing company not some no name brand. Consider it will most likely be sold for less than $200 anyhow. If you do any video encoding a 1920x1080 movie file is huge but take something like DVD quality and Divx or h.264 video format and you can carry a ton of movies/shows with you. For a lot of people its pefectly fine video quality. The target is the price point if you want better you can spend more.

I still use a HP Touchpad and it does more than I need so I believe this is good to play the price point.

RE: What are they thinking?
By Mitch101 on 6/24/2013 11:49:36 AM , Rating: 2
Meant to say especially at 7" in size

RE: What are they thinking?
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 11:54:48 AM , Rating: 3
It may be good enough for "most people", not every product has to be high end, but you cant price it like this. There are far better tablets for $129 than the tab 7. There are just no scenarios where anyone buying any of these makes sense.

RE: What are they thinking?
By Mitch101 on 6/24/2013 2:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
Where is everyone buying their stuff from the Apple Store? Does anyone pay the suggested retail price? Day 1 it will probably be $179.00 somewhere then $149.00 most likely on sale.

RE: What are they thinking?
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 2:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
You can get other products at MSRP or lower, even on sale too. That same rule goes for both sides. Right now, the far superior Nook HD with 1440x900 screen is $129 and a yet unreleased tab7 with 1024x600 is $199? Even if its knocked down to $149 its a ripoff.

Also coming in July, we will have a Nexus 7 refresh with 1920x1200 for $229 if not lower. This price point makes no sense for anyone. Not the low end, not the middle , not the high end.

The only thing it will be good for is to trick some elderly tablet buyers out of their money because they don't know any better... unless that is the point. LOL

RE: What are they thinking?
By lelias2k on 6/24/2013 5:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
You can argue as much as you want, but it is in fact an under-powered and overpriced tablet.

Will some people buy it? Absolutely. Does that make it a worthy product? Not at all.

RE: What are they thinking?
By eek2121 on 6/24/2013 12:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
After staring at my Galaxy S III all day it's a PITA to look at the Galaxy Tab 2. The screen resolution blows. I really am shocked that they didn't up the resolution.

Nice try, but no cigar
By klstay on 6/24/2013 10:45:46 AM , Rating: 2
Nook HD 7 inch model; 1440X900, 16GB RAM, micro-SD, 1.3GHz dual core - $149

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By Brandon Hill on 6/24/2013 11:35:35 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Nook HD+ 9" model, 1920x1280, 16GB storage, microSD, 1.5GHz dual-core -- $149

Game over man, GAME OVER!

I actually picked up one a few weeks ago from Best Buy at this price and installed CM10.1 on it for the stock Android experience. Overall I like the tablet, but two things annoy the heck out of me:

1) Tabs in Chrome refresh WAY too much. I go from one tab to another, and then back and again and the damn thing has refreshed the page. Very annoying when trying to copy data from one tab to another. I can have 4 or 5 tabs open on my iPhone and go back and forth multiple times and not have the tabs refresh. This happens with the stock Nook software and with CM10.1.

2) Touch sensitivity/hit points on the screen are HORRIBLE. It takes me sometime 2 or three times to tap what I want to tap on the screen. Either it doesn't register or it registers in the wrong place. This happens with the stock Nook software and with CM10.1. Never experienced this problem with Android phones, the iPhone, or iPads.

Overall, for $150 I can't complain too much but the touch screen is the by far the biggest annoyance right now.

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By kmmatney on 6/24/2013 2:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
The touchscreen on my daughter's 9" Nook HD+ (CM 10.1) works fine everywhere except for the Back/Home/Settings buttons at the bottom of the screen. I have a real hard time getting the back button to register, although a rubber stylus works well. The touch on the rest of the screen seems to work great, though. Maybe converting to CM 10.1 made the screen lose calibration?

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By testbug00 on 6/24/2013 2:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
hahaha! I got a Nook HD+ also.... I'm just gonna to stock android (boots off of SD-card) once i get around to it.
NOTE: the screen is actually 1920x1196 according to Elixer 2 & CPU-z

I don't have issues with memory.... i frequently have 7-8 tabs open without needs to refresh....

The touch is pretty bad.... also considering the "regular price" is 270 I don't see what it does not have a camera... Of course it is a HORRIBLE tablet for 270 (unless all you do is watch movies)

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 3:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, but the Nook HD+ is not $270. Its been $170 for over a month and is currently on sale for $149. Also, the screen is 1920x1280. Some apps show lower as some parts of the screen are dedicated to menu.

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By anactoraaron on 6/24/2013 5:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
I believe in this case the missing pixels is for the navigation buttons.

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By anactoraaron on 6/24/2013 4:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
HA I got mine at BB too, I also had some rewardzone certs to use.

Are you using the sd card, hybrid, or emmc version?

verygreen's newest emmc build works great for me(I believe it's 6/24), but I guess I don't have multiple tabs of chrome open at the same time. You should post your issue so the dev can look into it, especially if other android devices don't do it. A logcat would be very helpful also.

Get a screen protector, it really helps touch sensitivity/accuracy. I got one from skinomi for $8 shipped during their fathers day sale. Others have reported improved touch sensitivity/accuracy with a screen protector.

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By Brandon Hill on 6/24/2013 5:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
I'm using the emmc version, guess i'll check out the new 6/24 build.

RE: Nice try, but no cigar
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 11:35:46 AM , Rating: 2
Wholly crap... Its even better at the Nook site.

The Nook HD 7 1440X900, 16GB RAM is $129 and the Nook HD+ 9inch 1920x1280, 16GB RAM is $149

On second thought...
By karimtemple on 6/24/2013 10:41:42 AM , Rating: 2
My initial reaction to an Android tablet having hardware buttons was to laugh, but now that I think about it it's pretty interesting.

I really appreciate Samsung's dedication to the 16:10 aspect, although for tablets I tend to prefer 4:3.

RE: On second thought...
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 11:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
16x10 is the most common aspect ratio for Android tablets... The only thing Samsung is doing different than other manufacturers is offering slower processors and lower res screens at higher prices. There is absolutely nothing good about the Samsung tab series, unless you had a time machine to 2011. Then they would be decent.

RE: On second thought...
By kmmatney on 6/24/2013 2:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
The hardware buttons are nice, as you can use the full screen without wasting space for the buttons. I have a Nook HD+, and the screen is nice, but I feel like too much space is wasted on the buttons - at least in landscape mode. I think there is a way to get rid of the on-screen buttons on the nook, but I'm not sure how that will effect usability.

By w8gaming on 6/24/2013 8:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
With their competition aiming for $200 price segment, which will be very appealing to those people who merely want a portable device for book reading and entertainment. $500 price point of Surface will not sell well. If they do not abandon the Windows tax strategy soon on the lowend segment they will lose this market forever.

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