Since they’ve never been Samsung’s main focus, the company’s Galaxy Tabs have garnered very little attention over the past few years. The newest family members seem to not be an exception to the rule, although they don’t look so very bad and they’re quickly expanding their availability.
India is the latest market to get third-gen Galaxy Tabs, specifically the 7 and 8-inch models known around those parts as Galaxy Tab 3 211, 310 and 311.
The first costs Rs. 17,749, which is roughly 300 US bucks. Kind of on the expensive side of things for a 7-incher that was supposed to be “budget-friendly”, but 3G connectivity comes standard in India. Besides, the slate is a looker, weighing in at a mere 306 grams (unlike the 340-gram Nexus 7) and measuring just 9.9 mm in thickness.
Sadly, that’s really all we can praise at the GTab 3 7.0, as the display boasts a modest 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution, while the processor is a dusty old dual-core thing clocked at 1.2 GHz. The 4,000 mAh battery is generous enough, I guess, and yet on the whole this slate just lacks that “wow” factor, packing run-of-the-mill specs like 8 GB of on-board storage, 1 GB RAM, 3 MP/1.3 MP cameras and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Meanwhile, the 310 and 311 are the codenames of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in its Wi-Fi only and 3G-enabled variants. The former goes for Rs. 21,945 ($369) and the latter costs Rs. 25,725 ($432), which once again sounds like way too much.
Too much for what the 8-incher has to offer, namely a 1,280 x 800 pix res panel (ugh!), dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 4,450 mAh battery, 5 MP rear cam, 16 GB of on-board storage and microSD support.
GTab 3 8.0’s biggest benefit is also the design, with minimal bezels and a 7.4 mm thin profile, but one swallow does not a summer make. Does it?