Samsung announces 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung has announced its 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3. The tablet comes with a few incremental updates and a cosmetic overhaul.

Though Samsung announced its 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 ahead of MWC 2012, this year’s refresh comes a little later on in the year and into a far more competitive landscape. The upgrades the Galaxy Tab 3 brings are perhaps unspectacular considering how fierce the inexpensive tablet market has turned out to be in 2013.

Compared to its predecessor the Galaxy Tab 3 comes with the same 7-inch 1024 x 600 TFT display (169 pixels per inch), an identical 3-megapixel rear camera, and an unchanged amount of RAM (1 GB). Possibly noteworthy is that Samsung makes no mention of stereo speakers or a PLS screen.

The Galaxy Tab’s third iteration gains an unspecified 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 1.3 -megapixel front camera, and a thinner bezel. The tablet will be shipping with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Bluetooth 3.0, and a microSD slot that can handle up to 64GB. Options include 8 or 16 GB of storage, and a 3G version with a speaker (telephone receiver) for calls.

The WiFi only Galaxy Tab 3 is set for a global release in May, while the 3G version will be out in June. The reason for the vague launch dates is that Samsung will be rolling out the devices to various regions gradually, while the press release appears to infer that some countries may not be getting the 3G option. Unfortunately, there is no mention of LTE or pricing.

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Alex Storey, 2013-04-29 (Update: 2013-04-30)