Samsung may have just released an 8 inch Android tablet, but the company’s already moving on to its next 7 inch model. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is due out in May, and while pricing hasn’t yet been unveiled, it’s probably a safe bet that the new tablet will be considerably cheaper than the $399 Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

Like the last few members of the Galaxy Tab family, Samsung’s new 7 inch tablet has distinctly low-to-mid tier specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel TFT display, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage.

Unlike some budget tablets, the Galaxy Tab 3 also has a microSD card slot, which can accommodate up to 64GB of additional storage for music, movies, and other files.

The tablet has a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera and supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS as well as GLONASS.

A WiFi-only model is due out in May, while a 3G HSPA+ version is expected to launch in June.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 4000mAh battery and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s TouchWiz software.

The tablet measures 7.4″ x 4.4″ x 0.4″ and weighs less than 11 ounces.

Samsung isn’t saying exactly which 1.2 GHz dual core processor the tablet features, but the screen resolution suggests that this is a budget tablet. The Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK HD are all 7 inch tablets that sell for under $200, but which have higher-resolution 1280 x 800 pixel displays. By sticking with a 1024 x 600 pixel screen, Samsung appears to be going head-to-head with HP in the cheap Android tablet market.

It’s also interesting to see that Samsung hasn’t introduced a 10 inch Galaxy Tab 3. Last year’s Galaxy Tab 2 tablets came in 7 and 10 inch sizes. But most device makers seem to have settled on 7 inch screens as the best size for low-end devices over the past year or two.

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10 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 coming in May (7 inch budget tablet)”

    1. yes, but may be its only for china… Hyundai only permit the use of his brand to china, not international trade. Pandawill forum admin said will not sell in future… und also the hyundai-digital website is not accesible outside china! i hope all this change!.

  1. 1.2GHz dual core, 1GB RAM, 7″ 1024*600 pixel display, 3MP back camera, 1MP front camera….

    Isn’t this pretty much the Tab 2’s specs? I don’t see the point to release what’s essentially a Tab 2 that looks somewhat different.

    1. Weighs about 10% less and smaller, which is nice. Would have been great to see a higher res display. Hope it debuts cheap.

      1. It appears to lack the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0’s IR blaster. And are those hardware buttons along the bottom edge? If so, another difference. Wonder if it uses the same proprietary charge/IO port connector? Precise physical dimensions matter too – docks/keyboards are broadly incompatible among Galaxy Tab models as it is.

  2. I wonder whats the idea behind these 7″ low-spec’d tablets from Samsung/HP when Google makes considerably better hardware+software combo for only 50$ more?! There is no way Im gonna buy HP or Samsung tablets with 1024×600 resolution, dual core CPU and whatnot just to save 50$/50euros. If these are meant for 3rd world countries then I must say they are shameless at milking poor people out of their money by offering such low device for so much money.
    My 2c.

    1. The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a back camera or SD card slot. I’ve had days where I would have appreciated both on my Nexus 7, but the faster processor, bigger dev community, and better selection of cases outweighs that for me.

      1. Exactly, lack of SD card slot and rear camera arent those things that would push me towards something like HP/Samsung’s budget offerings with their lower spec screens and lesser cores.

    2. These devices benefit from the increased economies of scale and lower production costs attained by Samsung. As tablets are much cheaper than laptops (which suffer from the Microsoft OS tax), they are ideal computing devices for lower income people and poorer countries. In some parts of the world, $50 represents 1 or more month’s wages.

      1. Thats what Im talking about – even tho people make 50-200$ a month, such tablets cost 150$ with such crap specs, compared to Googles Nexus 7.

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