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Galaxy Tab 3 will launch in May

Samsung has officially announced its new 7” Galaxy Tab 3, which will be available in Wi-Fi or 3G versions. The tablet is designed to be extremely portable and is narrow enough to be held in one hand.

The 7” screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and a pixel density of 169 pixels per inch. The operating system for the tablet will be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Don’t expect to take any high quality pictures with the Galaxy Tab 3, as it has just a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a three-megapixel rear camera.

The processor under the hood is 1.2 GHz dual-core unit paired with 1 GB of RAM.  The Galaxy Tab 3 will be offered with either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage -- all versions of the tablet have a microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB of additional storage.

All versions of the tablet feature 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi support, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports. The tablet also has an integrated accelerometer, light sensors, and more the tablet also features A-GPS and GLONASS.

The Wi-Fi version of the tablet will launch in May, with the 3G version launching in June. Pricing is unannounced at this time.

Source: Samsung

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By swizeus on 4/29/2013 9:49:59 AM , Rating: 5
for each release Their tablet is getting crappier...
Maybe so not to erode the galaxy S market ?

RE: Why?
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2013 10:17:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm not sure why they'd go with such low end hardware for a new tablet.

RE: Why?
By Souka on 4/29/2013 11:56:18 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe they'll sell it for $99 wiFi and $99 3G (w/contract)

RE: Why?
By russki on 4/29/2013 10:37:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, not very impressive, but what about the 10"+ tablets?

RE: Why?
By GulWestfale on 4/29/2013 11:10:30 AM , Rating: 2
this seems to be just a cosmetic refresh of their last 7" tab, with a galaxy S-style design. nothing to see here... the only people who buy these over a nexus or a kindle fire are people who don't know what specs mean.

RE: Why?
By woody1 on 4/29/2013 2:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'd take the Nexus 7 over this one, but I do hope that the Nexus 7.7 has an SD slot. That's the only thing Samsung has over the Nexus tablet.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 10:44:58 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno, this is obviously a low end tablet, lets wait and see what they have for the high end... Although up to now, Samsungs tablets have all been a giant letdown. Hopefully they do something better. There is a tab 8 and a tab 10 and 11 in the pipeline, per supply chain rumors.

RE: Why?
By hughlle on 4/29/2013 11:07:44 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. I was tempted by their tablets over those of the competition due to price etc, but even hardware aside, i just could not get over how utterly crap they looked and felt. Especially felt. I don't have any issue with using plastic, but they can at least go out of their way to make sure it doesn't feel like a piece of plastic. Ironically they also make the nexus 10, which is what i ended up buying, and it too is made from plastic, yet looks and feels absolutely fantastic. Why are they unable to put this kind of work into their own brand tablets.

And i agree, low end hardware for a small "low end" device, but i have no interest in a note or an S4, why can't we have a high end small tablet? A 10 inch tablet is great, but i do not like taking it around town with me because of it's size, but want to be able to use something larger than a smartphone.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 11:55:25 AM , Rating: 3
"A 10 inch tablet is great, but i do not like taking it around town with me because of it's size, but want to be able to use something larger than a smartphone."

As a current gen Nexus 7 owner I hear you... It's the perfect size. I tried 9 inch Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD+.
Both great res, but too large for my needs. If I am carrying a screen that large, it may as well be a full on laptop to get real work done. 7 inch tablets are perfect little portable's.

Anyhow, getting to the point, the next Nexus 7 should be announced in may and should have a 1920x1200 screen with a decent CPU (Probably Snapdragon 600 or 800). rumors have it as the same size tablet with a larger screen (thus smaller bezel). To me, a 7.5-8 inch Nexus with the same size frame, faster CPU and higher res is the absolute perfect tablet.

RE: Why?
By kmmatney on 4/29/2013 5:46:40 PM , Rating: 3
After having played with 7" tablets, I really like the form factor of the iPad mini much better. The resolution isn't great, but the 4:3 aspect ratio is really nice.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 8:31:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it is nice other than the res. an iPad mini with retina would be the one Apple product I would be interested in buying, at least out of the current lineup and obvious things that are coming soon. I don't know about the OS though. Way old and dated and lacking in features.

RE: Why?
By Mint on 4/29/2013 7:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
That's basically how I see the future of the ARM tablet market. Laptops/hybrids are getting very light, and making 10" tablets a functional compromise with no benefits. On the other side, big and fast smartphones with 1080p displays can do almost everything a tablet can as well.

Basically, the tablet market is getting squeezed into a 7-8" niche. Personally, I don't see the point in getting one, as I have a Note 2.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 1:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
There's the high end... A potential 11 inch 2560x1600 tablet with the Octa 8 CPU.

RE: Why?
By cyberguyz on 4/29/2013 2:16:21 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely disappointing. I had hoped they would at least make an effort to catch up to last year's Nexus 7. This is most certainly not what I expected from Samsung for a 'Galaxy'-branded product.

Usually Samsung reserves their 'Galaxy' moniker for their very top end products. This thing is a Asus 7" MeMo pad wannabe.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 4/29/2013 2:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
"Samsung reserves their 'Galaxy' moniker for their very top end products."

Not really. "Galaxy" is used for dozens of phones... Only the "S" is the high end. As for tablets, the Galaxy "tab" line has always been mediocre at best. This is the low end of that for sure.

RE: Why?
By nafhan on 4/29/2013 2:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think "Tab" = low end and "Note" = high end (and high price).

RE: Why?
By geekman1024 on 4/29/2013 9:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
and Pad=?

RE: Why?
By nafhan on 5/1/2013 11:38:12 AM , Rating: 2
Apple stuff :)

RE: Why?
By andystarr1000 on 4/29/2013 3:36:46 PM , Rating: 3
Another new tablet worth a look at is the Novo 7 Venus that launched last month that's available for $149 through a site called TabletSprint - this new model runs Android 4.2 and compares closely to the Nexus 7 - featuring a Quad Core processor and HD 1280x800 IPS Screen; while also offering a few features the Nexus doesn't - including a 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and HDMI 1080p; plus a 4000 mAh battery and Google Play store preinstalled. This tablet is made by Ainol Electronics, which is known for winning runner-up for Best Tablet of the Year at CES 2012. TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps.

Also launching in early May and available through TabletSprint is the Icoo 7GT - 3G Model for $199, which rivals the Nexus 7 - 3G version that's priced $100 more -- the Icoo 7GT - 3G offers a built-in SIM slot for 3G HSPA+ connection with both Internet access and Voice Calling through any GSM Network such as AT&T and T-Mobile; and also features a Quad Core processor, an HD 1280x800 IPS Screen, and built-in GPS; as well as a Rear 5 Megapixel Camera, a MicroSd Memory Card slot, Android 4.1 O/S, Google Play store, and an HDMI 1080p port with 4K HD output to stream video & movies to a TV.

Overall, both of these new models are pretty impressive for the features they offer and price.

RE: Why?
By kmmatney on 4/29/2013 5:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
I like the idea of a 16:10 screen, but the reviews aren't that great for the Novo on NewEgg:

RE: Why?
By geekman1024 on 4/29/2013 9:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's their way of saying: "Oops! We over priced our older products, here is a cheaper (and crappier) version, we hope you will buy it, please..."

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