Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Tablet

Daniel Schuster (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/25/2013

Round 3. A new SoC is used and the 3G model has been replaced with an LTE module. Now an Atom SoC from Intel can exhibit its performance. Are these the significant differences compared with the 10-inch precursor or is there more to it?

For the original German review, see here.

Samsung gives its Galaxy Tab 3 a facelift and sends it to the starting line with a 10.1-inch screen. Notebookcheck has had both the smaller 7-inch and 8-inch models in review, which provided us with a first impression about the new Galaxy Tab product line. The main feature is the large touchscreen with a somewhat disappointing resolution of 1280x800 pixels.

The tablet sports a single-core SoC that uses Intel's well-known Hyper Threading technology. When required, a second core is simulated and ensures enough power. Intel's Atom Z2460 clocks with 1.6 GHz. The SoC is supported by 1 GB of working memory and an expandable flash memory of 16 GB capacity. Owing to the 4G module, mobile internet is available everywhere in LTE speed. Find out whether and why the tablet is a successful expansion of the Galaxy Tab series in our in-depth review.

Case

Plastic as far as the eye goes.
Plastic as far as the eye goes.

Those familiar with Samsung and its cell phones or tablets will know what can be expected. It's almost a matter of course that the Korean manufacturer uses polycarbonate. The largely white device features the typical silver-colored casing rim that looks like brushed aluminum. The bezel protrudes slightly over the screen's pane and is to prevent scratches on the display.

The tablet's stiffness is mostly equal with that of both smaller Galaxy Tab 3 versions. However, it does not look as compact due to the screen's diagonal. Nevertheless, it is rigid and resistant against selective pressure. With 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm, it is a bit smaller than the recently tested Toshiba Excite Pro and also lighter. The review sample is noticeably heavier with a weight of 512 grams than the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model.

Connectivity

There is nothing special about the connectivity. The casing's top features the slots for micro-SD and micro-SIM cards. An infrared interface is located between them and transforms the tablet into a multifunctional remote control. The power button and volume rocker have been placed on the top left. A speaker is installed on both the right and left side. The 3.5 mm jack for external audio devices is also found over the left-side speaker. The casing's bottom sports an MHL-capable micro-USB port for connecting the tablet to a computer or for recharging the battery.

Bottom: Micro-USB port
Bottom: Micro-USB port
Left: 3.5 mm jack and one speaker
Left: 3.5 mm jack and one speaker
Top: Micro-SIM slot, infrared, micro-SD slot, volume rocker, power button
Top: Micro-SIM slot, infrared, micro-SD slot, volume rocker, power button
Right: Speaker
Right: Speaker
It would be quite possible to use the tablet as a phone
It would be quite possible to use the tablet as a phone

Telephony

The Galaxy Tab's telephone function is interesting. The looks and functionality are the same as in the other models from Samsung's Galaxy line. However, the tablet is anything but inconspicuous and we ask ourselves who would really use it as a phone. Older tablets featured a SIM card only for connecting to mobile internet and making calls was only possible with a headset because the tablets did not sport a microphone. Manufacturers often did not provide a phone app from the outset. This is not the case in the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Should the user want to frequently use the tablet as a phone, especially in public, we would recommend using a headset. It is difficult to hold the device to the ear with one hand - not to mention how that would look.

Speech Quality

As briefly mentioned above, the 10-inch tablet is quite suitable for making calls even if it would attract curious and bewildered glances. The speech quality is surprisingly good. The called party came across loud and clear and returned the same feedback. Even if the speech quality is on a high level, users should consider using a headset or the installed speaker for calls. Besides the baffled glances from other people, it is not easy to hold the tablet to the ear, particularly with only one hand.

Software

As for software, Android 4.2.2 alongside the proprietary Samsung Launcher "Touchwiz" in tablet style is installed. Using the tablet is very instinctive and even Android newbies will soon get the hang of it. Owners of Android devices will also cope with the launcher immediately because the software is self-explanatory.

Of course, Samsung installed bloatware. Besides "ChatOn", "FlipBoard", "Learning Hub" and "Memo", we also found a few other apps that can only be deleted indirectly.

GPS status
GPS status

Communication & GPS 

The dual-band wireless module in the Galaxy Tab 3 receives and sends data according to the 802.11 a/b/g/n standard. As the name indicates, the wireless connection operates in either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band. A high transfer rate can be achieved with a corresponding dual-band router. At the same time the Galaxy Tab 3 features an extremely good connection range. The router was located in another story and at the other end of the building in our test arrangement. We did not ascertain any transmission interruptions. Should a Wi-Fi router not be at hand, it is possible to connect to mobile internet via LTE/HSPA+ when available. However, a micro-SIM card and the corresponding data plan are required for this. Bluetooth 4.0 is also installed and can, for example, be used for transmitting data over a short range. We mentioned the infrared port in the previous point. It enables using the Galaxy Tab as a remote control for various devices.

An aGPS module belongs to the standards and includes GLONASS support. It achieved a stable satellite connection indoors and its accuracy increased even more outdoors. We did not record any unusual connection interruptions during the test phase.

Cameras & Multimedia

The Galaxy Tab 3 sports two camera modules. The front-facing unit has a maximum resolution of 1.3 MP and the primary camera only achieves 3 MP. It is surprising that the camera in the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model has two megapixels more.

The 3 MP camera shoots outdoor pictures in a decent quality. The colors are mostly natural but we noticed that the picture reproduction is a bit too dark. The image is amazingly focused in view of the low pixel count. The result of the front-facing camera is just still acceptable outdoors and focus should be placed on using the primary camera. Pictures taken indoors mainly stand out through image noise. The tablet camera should only be used as an exception if the picture quality is important.

3 MP primary camera
3 MP primary camera
1.3 MP front-facing camera
1.3 MP front-facing camera
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, 18 MP, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, 18 MP, automatic
3 MP primary camera
3 MP primary camera
1.3 MP front-facing camera
1.3 MP front-facing camera
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, 18 MP, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, 18 MP, automatic


Accessories & Warranty

As so often, cutbacks are made in accessories. Besides a quick start guide on paper we only found a modular power supply in the box.

The Galaxy Tab 3's warranty period is 24 months from purchase date. Claims can be made worldwide providing that the tablet is sold in the respective country.

Input Devices & Controls

The capacitive screen deals with inputs made by up to ten fingers. They are detected accurately and the command is implemented just as fast. The screen also rotates within an acceptable speed.

Regrettably, the review sample does not support gesture control like we know from the Galaxy S4. The manufacturer did not omit voice control.

The virtual keyboard obviously reserves too much room on the screen in landscape mode. Over 50% of the huge screen is covered. Although the keys are very big and easy to tap, a smaller keyboard layout would have allowed a clearer view of the background. The keys only reserve 35% of the room in portrait mode and are still easy to hit.

Display

10.1-inches and 1280x800 pixels
10.1-inches and 1280x800 pixels

The huge screen in the Galaxy Tab 3 reproduces up to 16.7 million colors and has a size of 10.1-inches. The resolution is identical to that of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. We would have expected a clear increase here. Currently many Full HD screens are installed in mobile end-products and Samsung is no exception. For example, the Galaxy S4 or the new Nexus 7 feature such a screen. The low resolution and large screen size result in a pixel density of 149.1 ppi. This rate is over twice as high in the new Nexus 7 with 323 ppi.

Using our measuring instruments, we ascertained a maximum screen brightness of 394 cd/m². This results in an average brightness of 365.8 cd/m² over nine measuring fields. Our review sample again falls behind the 8-inch model (average brightness Galaxy Tab 3 8.0: 413 cd/m²). Nevertheless, the screen's brightness is sufficiently high. The screen achieves 81% in the homogeneity of illumination. The black value of 0.65 cd/m² is slightly increased and leads to a middling contrast of 606:1. Because Samsung did not use Super AMOLED technology but rather relies on a TFT display, the excellent black value of the Galaxy S4 remains unmatched.

360
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 394 cd/m²
Average: 365.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 394 cd/m²
Black: 0.65 cd/m²
Contrast: 606:1

Like in former models, the user can select different screen modes. That is implemented either automatically or manually. The available modes are "Standard", "Dynamic" or "Video". The colors are displayed most vividly in dynamic mode. Its counterpart is video mode. A happy medium is found in standard. The screen's red and blue reproduction is clearly too pale in standard mode. Blue looks more like dark cyan and magenta drifts into pink. A clear deviation from the ideal curve is also noticed in the grayscale reproduction.

Color Checker "Dynamic"
Color Checker "Dynamic"
Color Checker "Adobe RGB Video"
Color Checker "Adobe RGB Video"
Color Checker "Standard"
Color Checker "Standard"
Color Checker "Video"
Color Checker "Video"
Grayscale "Adobe RGB Video"
Grayscale "Adobe RGB Video"
Grayscale "Dynamic"
Grayscale "Dynamic"
Grayscale "Standard"
Grayscale "Standard"
Grayscale "Video"
Grayscale "Video"
Color reproduction "Dynamic"
Color reproduction "Dynamic"
Color reproduction "Standard"
Color reproduction "Standard"
Color reproduction "Video"
Color reproduction "Video"
Color saturation "Dynamic"
Color saturation "Dynamic"
Color saturation "Standard"
Color saturation "Standard"
Color saturation "Video"
Color saturation "Video"

The Galaxy 3 10.1 can be used quite well outdoors due to its screen brightness and satisfactory contrast. Although the reflective screen ruins the visual fun a bit, the result is decent when playing around with the viewing angles.

Just like in the smaller Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, we did not ascertain any flaws in the viewing angle stability in this review sample. The contrast and color reproduction are on a consistently high level and supply a compelling result.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance

Samsung goes in a new direction with the Galaxy Tab's processor. Normally, the Korean manufacturer installs its own SoCs (Exynos series) or uses hardware from Qualcomm like in the latest Galaxy S4 for its smartphones and tablets. Our review sample is powered by an Intel SoC. It is the dual-core Atom Z2460 (Hyper Threading) that clocks with a rate of 1.6 GHz. Its codename is "Penwell" and it comes from the Medfield platform. The integrated GPU is based on the PowerVR SGX 540 and clocks with 400 MHz. In contrast to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the 10-inch model has 512 MB less working memory.

We compared the performance of different test devices using synthetic benchmarks. The result does not point in any certain direction. Compared with the precursor, our review sample is stronger but that does not completely apply to a comparison with the newest hardware. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 does not have much to set against the new Nexus 7 or Toshiba Excite Pro, but it sometimes defeats the 8-inch model.

Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
1209 Points ∼10%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2531 Points ∼20% +109%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1231 Points ∼10% +2%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
3931 Points ∼32% +225%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
424 Points ∼3% -65%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
3421 Points ∼54%
Google Nexus 7 2013
3636 Points ∼58% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
2217 Points ∼35% -35%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4935 Points ∼79% +44%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
6279 Points ∼4%
Google Nexus 7 2013
11828 Points ∼8% +88%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3098 Points ∼2% -51%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
13491 Points ∼9% +115%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
3572 Points ∼3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
7245 Points ∼6% +103%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
8511 Points ∼7% +138%
Smartbench 2012
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
2780 points ∼27%
Google Nexus 7 2013
5080 points ∼49% +83%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3153 points ∼30% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
2025 points ∼20% -27%
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
3829 points ∼84%
Google Nexus 7 2013
3279 points ∼72% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1683 points ∼37% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
1406 points ∼31% -63%
Linpack for Android
Single Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
109.729 MFLOPS ∼14%
Google Nexus 7 2013
97.481 MFLOPS ∼13% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
56.377 MFLOPS ∼7% -49%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
533.97 MFLOPS ∼70% +387%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
36.48 MFLOPS ∼5% -67%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
221.638 MFLOPS ∼15%
Google Nexus 7 2013
253.634 MFLOPS ∼18% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
95.942 MFLOPS ∼7% -57%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
746.313 MFLOPS ∼52% +237%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
58.87 MFLOPS ∼4% -73%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Texas Instruments OMAP 4430, PowerVR SGX540, 16 GB SSD

The competition is big and its hardware and software combination is often stronger. The browser-based benchmarks also confirm this. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 scores poorly with a few exceptions. Although the review sample achieves a better performance, the difference is at most 11%. The other way around Toshiba's Excite Pro accomplishes a 121% better score in Google's Octane V1, for example.

Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
2069 Points ∼10%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2283 Points ∼11% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1873 Points ∼9% -9%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4576 Points ∼22% +121%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
2312 Points ∼11% +12%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
610 Points ∼10%
Google Nexus 7 2013
611 Points ∼10% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
712 Points ∼11% +17%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
1144 Points ∼18% +88%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
545 Points ∼9% -11%
Google Nexus 10
652 Points ∼11% +7%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
2280 points ∼32%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2380 points ∼33% +4%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
2545 points ∼35% +12%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
2176 points ∼30% -5%
Google Nexus 10
2254 points ∼31% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.0 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
20649.2 ms * ∼12%
Google Nexus 7 2013
10791.3 ms * ∼6% +48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
18228.4 ms * ∼11% +12%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
12983 ms * ∼8% +37%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 32 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

The performance score of the flash memory is also unclear. The new Nexus 7 loses in 75% of the cases and Toshiba's Excite Pro is absolutely inferior. However, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 wins three of four scenarios and achieves better scores than our review sample.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
68.71 MB/s ∼41%
Google Nexus 7 2013
59.73 MB/s ∼36% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
45.86 MB/s ∼27% -33%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
52.37 MB/s ∼31% -24%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
18.83 MB/s ∼33%
Google Nexus 7 2013
13.97 MB/s ∼24% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
20.07 MB/s ∼35% +7%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11.38 MB/s ∼20% -40%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
8.8 MB/s ∼42%
Google Nexus 7 2013
11.99 MB/s ∼57% +36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
10.94 MB/s ∼52% +24%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
8.72 MB/s ∼42% -1%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
0.95 MB/s ∼33%
Google Nexus 7 2013
0.82 MB/s ∼28% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1.88 MB/s ∼64% +98%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
0.58 MB/s ∼20% -39%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Texas Instruments OMAP 4430, PowerVR SGX540, 16 GB SSD

Videos & Games

Intel's SoC does not give reason for complaint when playing videos. All tested Full HD trailers ran in their full beauty directly. There was no sign of delays in loading or stuttering. The trailers had a data rate of up to 6100 kbit/s and came from the .mkv format. The tablet proved to deal just as smoothly with games. We did not notice a lack of power in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Iron Man 3 or Modern Combat 4. Nothing stands in the way of multimedia use.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Fruit Ninja Free
Fruit Ninja Free

Emissions

Temperature

The average load and idle temperatures barely differ. We measured temperatures ranging from 31.2 °C to 32.4 °C when the SoC was loaded. When the tablet was idling, it cooled down to rates between 30.6 °C and 30.8 °C. The temperature difference of both extremes is only felt at the top center. Here, the device heats up noticeably. The temperature of the modular power supply when charging is conspicuous because it heats up to as much as 50 °C.

Max. Load
 32.0 °C38.6 °C29.9 °C 
 29.7 °C30.5 °C29.0 °C 
 30.6 °C30.9 °C29.8 °C 
Maximum: 38.6 °C
Average: 31.2 °C
29.1 °C41.4 °C33.3 °C
30.0 °C32.1 °C31.2 °C
30.2 °C32.6 °C31.3 °C
Maximum: 41.4 °C
Average: 32.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.5 °C | Room Temperature 22.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

A relatively high volume is possible because of the speakers on the casing's left and right. On the one hand, this is positive. However, it is too bad that the sound is not on such a high level that the user will want to listen to music in maximum volume. The closer the maximum volume is approached the tinnier the sound gets. It can absolutely not be described as rich music playback. The speakers in the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and HTC's One are worlds apart. The Bluetooth module and the 3.5 mm jack allow connecting external audio devices without ado.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is the first indicator for the battery runtime. Our review sample is quite energy-efficient despite its bright screen. Compared with the equally sized Toshiba Excite Pro, the review sample consumes less power particularly in load. The tablet is satisfied with a power consumption of 2.5 to 5.8 watts during low load. We recorded consumption rates ranging from 7.6 to 8.9 watts when multimedia applications were run. Toshiba's Excite Pro consumed between 9.3 and 13.2 watts and Apple's iPad 4 achieved a maximum of 12.5 watts. Thus, the basis for decent battery runtimes is given.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle / 2.5 / 5.8 Watt
Load 7.6 / 8.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery has a capacity of 6800 mAh and is thus much larger than the one in Toshiba's Excite Pro (4230 mAh) or the new Nexus 7 (3950 mAh). We checked the full-load battery runtime via the Stability Test app. All wireless and communication modules are enabled and the screen's brightness is set to maximum for this. 4 hours and 43 minutes passed before the battery had to be recharged. Google's Nexus 10 only managed 3 hours and 32 minutes despite its larger battery. The tablet remained on for 9 hours and 3 minutes in medium brightness and the continuous opening of an internet script. The latest Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 shut down after only 7 hours and 27 minutes despite its equally strong battery. The last test in our comparison field illustrates the maximum runtime with an activated screen. The Galaxy 3 10.1 lasted for over 13:38 hours, which is also an impressive result.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 38min
WiFi Surfing
9h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 43min

Verdict

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in review at Notebookcheck
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in review at Notebookcheck

Our review sample takes the Galaxy Tab series into its third round. Unfortunately, the significant key spec of display resolution has not been changed because the tablet is still sent into the ring with 1280x800 pixels. A Full HD screen would have been a welcome feature for an RRP of 469 Euros (~$628, street price: approx. 440 Euros, ~$589) and would have also considerably improved the total rating. Samsung uses an SoC from Intel in one of its tablets for the first time. The Intel Atom Z2460 features two cores owing to Hyper Threading and clocks with 1.6 GHz alongside 1 GB of working memory. The other communication equipment is appropriate and is sensibly complemented with an LTE wireless module. We also deem the infrared interface as a useful supplement for multimedia use on the couch in the evening. The internal storage of 16 GB can be expanded like in most Samsung devices and the tablet is based on the latest software with Android 4.2.2.

Even if our review sample presented a satisfactory overall performance, buyers should also look at tablets from other manufacturers. The recently tested Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 (street price: 349 Euros, ~$467) is an interesting tablet for users who do not require LTE and Lenovo's IdeaTab S6000 (299 Euros, ~$400) is an affordable 10-inch alternative. An identically equipped iPad 4 currently costs 629 Euros (~$842).

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Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
PowerVR SGX544MP2, Core: 400 MHz
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, capacitive, TFT, 16.7M colors, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB iNAND Flash, 16 GB , 12 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD slot, Sensors: accelerometer, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth, LTE, UMTS
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.95 x 243.1 x 176.1
:: Weight
0.512 kg Power Supply: 0.057 kg
:: Battery
, 6800 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 40 h
:: Price
469 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 3 MP, Front: 1.3 MP, Speakers: stereo speakers, 24 Months Warranty

 

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1...
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1...
...offers decent power and is...
...offers decent power and is...
...equipped for many application fields.
...equipped for many application fields.
Regrettably, the screen's resolution of 1280x800 pixels...
Regrettably, the screen's resolution of 1280x800 pixels...
...isn't convincing and does not fit to an RRP of 469 Euros (~$628).
...isn't convincing and does not fit to an RRP of 469 Euros (~$628).
The storage can be expanded via the micro-SD slot and...
The storage can be expanded via the micro-SD slot and...
...an LTE module is also installed. It can be used with a...
...an LTE module is also installed. It can be used with a...
...micro-SIM card.
...micro-SIM card.
The camera modules on the front and back...
The camera modules on the front and back...
...should only be used for snapshots.
...should only be used for snapshots.
Their resolution is too low for razor-sharp pictures.
Their resolution is too low for razor-sharp pictures.
The camera app does not feature many settings.
The camera app does not feature many settings.
TouchWiz is the installed launcher and...
TouchWiz is the installed launcher and...
...Android version 4.2.2 is present.
...Android version 4.2.2 is present.
Gesture control is not available but voice control is on-board.
Gesture control is not available but voice control is on-board.
16 GB of internal storage is usable.
16 GB of internal storage is usable.
Making calls is a piece of cake and reminds us of...
Making calls is a piece of cake and reminds us of...
...smartphone interfaces. The test calls were...
...smartphone interfaces. The test calls were...
...of surprisingly high quality.
...of surprisingly high quality.
Proprietary SoCs have been replaced by Intel's Z2460.
Proprietary SoCs have been replaced by Intel's Z2460.
The 10.1-inch screen delivers rich colors but...
The 10.1-inch screen delivers rich colors but...
...the virtual keyboard takes up too much room.
...the virtual keyboard takes up too much room.
It looks more space-saving in portrait mode.
It looks more space-saving in portrait mode.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has its upsides and its downsides. It is currently available for...
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has its upsides and its downsides. It is currently available for...
...approx 440 Euros (~$589) through online platforms.
...approx 440 Euros (~$589) through online platforms.

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Pro

+LTE module
+Viewing angle stable screen
+Good battery runtimes
+Several screen modes selectable
+Expandable storage
 

Cons

-No Full HD screen
-Slightly increased black value
-Purchase price
-Outdated camera resolution

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What we like

The overall bundle offers enough power and copes well with all tasks placed on it. Browsing on the go is possible owing to the LTE module.

What we'd like to see

The precursor and the 8-inch model already had this resolution. An upgrade to Full HD would have been appreciated.

What surprises us

The battery runtime has been increased and the power consumption is low particularly when compared with competing products. Also, Samsung makes it possible to use the Galaxy Tab as a phone.

The competition

Toshiba Excite Pro

Bullman Tab9 AQQR

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

Apple iPad 4

Lenovo IdeaTab S6000

Rating

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
08/21/2013 v3
Daniel Schuster

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
63%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
40%
Weight
99%
Battery
96%
Display
78%
Games Performance
40%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Add Points
75%
Average
78%
86%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Tablet
Author: Daniel Schuster, 2013-08-25 (Update: 2013-08-27)