Samsung is all set to launch its Galaxy Tab 3 in its range of tablet products today in India. The company’s India Twitter account has been tweeting about the forthcoming launch, but there’s no word on which tablet will be launched.
Just like the Galaxy Tab 3 (the entry-level tablet), these two also sport physical home buttons and navigation keys. Samsung is going for a uniform look for all its products across price points and form factors. While some may like it, the inclusion of a physical button is weird in the Jelly Bean era, where most tablets (even the most low-end ones) have on-screen buttons.
Samsung’s new 10.1-inch tablet, which has 16GB of onboard storage expandable with a micro-SD card, however is just $10 more than the repriced Surface RT but offers a more familiar Android experience.
At first glance, the 8-inch Tab 3 seems the standout of the three. It has the highest screen resolution (189 ppi compared to 149 ppi for the 10-inch), a 1.5 Gigahertz dual core processor, a 5 megapixel rear-camera (compared to 3 megapixels for the 10-inch), and comes with the S-Translate travel app, Trip Advisor and Story Album apps found on the Galaxy S4 smartphone.
The 8 and 10.1-inch models have the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 operating system, while the 7-inch comes with Jelly Bean 4.1.2.
The Tab 3 7.0 has a 7-inch display with a lowly WSVGA (1024 x 600) resolution, which is a tad disappointing in this day and age when tablets routinely come with 1280 x 800. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which should keep performance smooth. Moreover, the tablet comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean There’s a 3 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front. Besides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the tablet has 3G support for voice and data so you can also use this as a giant phone.
The Tab 3 8.0, in comparison, is a more powerful tablet with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The slightly larger 8-inch display has a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back along with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing shooter. This one too ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
I think the 8-inch tablet makes much sense. But then again, Samsung launches products like toys, everyday. To me it shows a sign of desperation for market share. How about instead come out with two sizes that do everything well instead of releasing several different models that do some things well.
It will be seen whether Samsung’s latest tablet offering will perform well in India or not, which is a major market for India.
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