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.
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.