Jun 3rd, 2013

Samsung added another pair of tablets to its repertoire this morning as it has officially announced new size options in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. In addition to the 7-inch model we already have, we can now expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (8 inches) and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (10-inches).

These tablets come donned in your typical Samsung garb, which is really interesting for the 10.1 inch version — it features a physical home button and capacitive buttons for menu and back. That’s actually pretty atypical for a 10-inch tablet, but it looks like Samsung really has its heart set on that setup.

GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch (5)

The models do vary a bit on the inside. For the 8-inch version, we can expect 1,280 x 800 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB and 32GB variants (you can expand that with a microSD card slot), WiFi-only or data (with LTE) variants, a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, a 1.3 megapixel sensor on the front, a 4,450 mAh battery and more. It’ll also launch with Android 4.2.2 and Samsung’s usual sprinkles.

With 10.1 inches, you’re getting a 1.6GHz dual-core chipset, that same 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage with microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, 3G and LTE support, a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and more. Again, software experience will be Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s customizations.

GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (1)

On paper you might be asking yourself why the 10.1 inch variant seems weaker in some areas, but you have to remember the Galaxy Tab 3 line is meant to stay affordable. Samsung likely had to cut some corners in order to keep price down. We applaud their decision on the 3 megapixel camera, because it just looks plain silly to take photos with a 10.1 inch tablet anyway.

Still, we would have loved to see this thing outfitted with a higher resolution display and a bit more RAM. We can’t judge it until we can touch it, though, so with that I’ll direct you to the press release to see all the juicy details for yourself.