Samsung's newly introduced Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) doesn't bring that much to the table if you give it a quick glance. Packing almost the same generic dual Cortex-A9 cores inside, you don't really expect the big performance gains that the new Tab 3 7.0 actually delivers.

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) packs a new chipset made by Marvell. While still being dual core in design, the new Tab 3 delivers massive improvements in graphics performance when compared to previous year's Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) according to leaked benchmarks.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) Specifications

  • Marvell PXA986 Chipset
  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Vivante GC1000 GPU
  • 1 GB Of RAM
  • 7-Inch (1024 x 600 pixels) Display
  • 3.15 MP Rear Camera, 1.3 MP Front Camera
  • 8 / 16 GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • 4,000 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The new Tab 3 is not really an improvement over the Tab 2, but rather just a slight update. Apart from the change in SoC, the new Tab 3 packs a bog standard 1024×600 panel and Galaxy S4 inspired design (still plastic of course!) that is simply getting boring to hold and look at. Sadly, unlike all other newly announced or launched Galaxy devices this one doesn't come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean onboard but instead relies on the older Android 4.1 codebase.

While we don't expect real improvements in CPU performance (as the new Marvell chipset packs the same dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPUs, similar to the TI OMAP 4430 in the Galaxy Tab 2), graphics is a big improvement over the older generation PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The Vivante GC1000 GPU provides some good gains in graphics performance to the tune of (max) 100% in some cases.