Going by the Galaxy Tab 2 range, we should have known the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 wouldn’t be the only mid-range Samsung tablet to get a refresh this year, and sure enough Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
Like the Tab 3 7.0, these two are aimed at the mid-range, so don’t expect specs rivaling the Apple iPad, or even the Galaxy Note range. Strangely, it’s the smaller of the two tablets which has the slightly better spec, so let’s take a look at that one first.
The 8-inch screen size is a first for the Galaxy Tab range, and it comes after the introduction of the Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress, a device with which it shares more than a passing resemblance. The 8-inch screen has a 1280×800 pixel resolution, and it displays Android 4.2 with the TouchWiz user interface. Samsung has included a few of its own software features, such as S Translator and Pop Up Play.
Powering the tablet is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it’s not clear whether it’s an Intel chip, as previous rumours have hinted. It’s joined by 1.5GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, a 5 megapixel primary camera, and a 1.3 megapixel secondary one.
As for the Tab 10.1, the camera drops to 3 megapixels, and the RAM down to 1GB, but the processor gets a speed increase to 1.6GHz. The rest of the specs are the same. Both tablets will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage memory, plus the option on Wi-Fi only, or a 3G/4G LTE version. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but Samsung anticipates a worldwide release before the summer.