Completely ignored during the “Premiere” event last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 slates are back on our radar, as they have finally been scheduled for US launches. All three new Android-based tablets will see daylight in America on July 7, with pricing set to start at a predictable $199.
200 bucks will naturally buy you the most modest member of the new GTab family, the 7-incher powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell chip. Although this should have been a Nexus 7 competitor, it’s really not, since Asus and Google’s tab goes for the same $200, but packs mostly better specs.
One of the biggest flaws of the Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch is the meager 1,024 x 600 pix res display, but the 4,000 mAh battery is not very hot either. What is hot is the thing’s design (it only weighs 306 grams while measuring 9.9 mm in thickness), plus the microSD support.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes pre-loaded on the device, you get dual 3.15 MP/1.3 MP cameras, 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of on-board storage.
Climbing higher on the Android food chain, we find the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch, which is essentially a slightly downgraded Note 8.0 sans the S Pen support, but with a slimmer body. The 8-inch GTab will cost $299 and come with a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, an odd 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.2 JB, 4,450 mAh battery and 5 MP rear camera in tow.
Finally, the most impressive fellow of the trio looks to be the Tab 3 10-inch, but that’s still nowhere near the high-end tablet sector. Set to go for $399, the thing will come with Intel inside (a dual-core 1.6 GHz SoC, to be specific), just 1 gig of RAM, a whopping 6,800 mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
While you can’t hate the winning design of this sleek slate weighing just 510 grams, the display is once again sub-par, boasting a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution.
All three tablets will be initially made available in Wi-Fi only variants in white and gold brown via a number of major US retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon and Wal-Mart. Pre-orders will be opened tomorrow, on June 25, so it’s about time you cracked open the piggy banks. You know, if you’re not fazed by the trio’s less than stellar bang for the buck. Are you?
Via [Phone Arena]