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Entry-level 7-inch tablet should be inexpensive

Samsung has pulled the covers off the new Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The tablet features a 7” display with a meager resolution of 1024 x 600. If you’re looking for the latest version of Android, you’ll have to look elsewhere – the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite comes preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
In keeping with the tablet’s budget roots, the processor is a 1.2GHz dual core unit paired with 1GB of RAM. The tablet has only 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for storage expansion. And Samsung has seen fit to only include one camera on the tablet – a 2MP rear shooter.

Samsung promises up to eight hours of video playback per charge thanks to its 3600 mAh battery.
The tablet will ship globally in white or black colors, however, it is unclear when the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will launch and how much it will cost.

Source: Samsung

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Should be less than $100
By troysavary on 1/16/2014 1:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
With those specs, it will be competing with the likes of Coby and Polaroid tablets, so it will have to match them in price.

RE: Should be less than $100
By nafhan on 1/16/2014 1:58:13 PM , Rating: 3
I think there's plenty of room at the bottom for a quality, low specced tablet. If you can browse the web, read books, and watch movies; you've got a device that fulfills the tablet usage scenarios for a large number of people. At $100, this might be a fairly well received device. That price point is currently occupied by unrecognizable value brands and poor quality on top of the low specs.

RE: Should be less than $100
By Reclaimer77 on 1/16/14, Rating: 0
RE: Should be less than $100
By troysavary on 1/16/2014 3:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
No, they don't have much brand recognition. Well, Polaroid used to have good name, but not in this market. But what they do have is similarly spec'd tablets dirt cheap. Unless someone was dead set on the Galaxy name, what does this offer that isn't available from any number of cheap brands? Paying a premium for a Note 3 might makes sense because it offers something no other Android tablet does, as far as I know. On the other hand, paying a premium for this is paying extra just to be seen carrying a trendy name. Some might be willing to do so, but I bet that most brand-conscious people will go for the higher end Galaxy models and most people looking for a bargain will go with the cheapest, whether or not it is Samsung.

RE: Should be less than $100
By Reclaimer77 on 1/16/2014 3:15:02 PM , Rating: 3
Unless someone was dead set on the Galaxy name, what does this offer that isn't available from any number of cheap brands?

Because people know about the Galaxy, they don't know about the others, so they aren't going to buy them.

Also even with these specs, I have to believe this is a better built tablet than the Coby. I mean, come on lol. Reviewers are saying those are a bad proposition at ANY price.

But this is all speculation, for all we know this could be priced as cheap.

RE: Should be less than $100
By troysavary on 1/16/2014 3:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
True, I had a Coby MP3 player once and it struggled to get 3 hours of play on a charge.

RE: Should be less than $100
By RaistlinZ on 1/16/2014 11:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung or not, I wouldn't pay more than $100.00 with those specs.

For Kids!
By StraightLine on 1/16/2014 2:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
Good thinking, Samsung. There are a lot of people out there who don't want the 6 year old touching a $400+ tablet. I'll bet they sell plenty of these.

RE: For Kids!
By troysavary on 1/16/2014 3:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on the price. There are lots of companies competing in the bargain Android tablet space now.

RE: For Kids!
By ven1ger on 1/16/2014 3:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
Well as you said depends on the price. But even if Samsung was to sell these at 50% more than some other branded company's tablet with comparable features, most will probably go with the Samsung brand. A lot of it to do with brand recognition and because Samsung is heavily into Android devices that Samsung could easily take over the budget end of the Android market with a device priced a little higher.

I would even think of buying a budget Samsung device just to use as a remote controlling unit for my home devices, or even for the security cams (once I get those installed).

RE: For Kids!
By synapse46 on 1/17/2014 4:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Problem is 8GB does not make sense for a kid if they will be playing games. I got my son a nexus 7.

might be a good buy
By GulWestfale on 1/16/2014 9:51:20 PM , Rating: 1
i have a similar machine made by lenovo. i use it almost only to type on, and it's good for that. the screen quality however is lousy and i wouldn't have bought it if i'd been planning on doing more than typing on it...
if this samsung tablet offers decent viewing angles, it will probably be the best buy in the around-$100 category. you have to remember that tablets made by crap companies (coby, hipstreet, others you have never heard of...) usually come without google play support, and have very outdated hardware.

so, IF this has a good screen and can compete on price, it will be a good buy for casual users, kids, old people... here's hoping samsung delivers.

RE: might be a good buy
By flyingpants1 on 1/16/2014 11:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
$129-149, calling it right now.

I am actually impressed...
By retrospooty on 1/16/2014 10:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
With Samsungs high end tablets announced at CES. They have always had low-mid range tablets on the markey, but the new stuff is finally really good high end stuff. The Note and TAb "Pro" lines are pretty sweet.

already smaller low end tablets
By KOOLTIME on 1/16/2014 3:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
there is already smaller tablets 7" for 49 bucks at alot of retailers, not much use for it, for most, new hd kindles the smaller version is 99 bucks now adays so, real market space for more

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