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Samsung has expanded its Galaxy yet again, this time with three similar tablets. The new Galaxy Tab 3 comes in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch sizes to reach a wide range of Android tablet buyers.

GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 GOLD BROWN

On July 7, U.S. consumers will have three new Android tablets to choose from and they’re all called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The third iteration of Samsung’s basic tablet is offered in three size choices: 7, 8 and 10.1 inches priced at $199, $299, and $399 respectively. Pre-orders for the new tablets begin Tuesday and all three are available in either White or a new Gold Brown color.

Although Samsung has taken some heavy cues from its main competitor, Apple, outing a Galaxy Tab 3 lineup itself is very un-Apple-like. Where Apple creates singular products — I consider the iPad and iPad mini to be distinctly different — Samsung has always offered a range of similar devices in varying sizes. Look at Samsung’s overall mobile device lineup and the “Galaxy” branding makes sense: There’s a device size for everyone in our corner of the universe.

GALAXY TAB 3 7.0 GOLD BROWN

The 7-inch slate is poised to compete with Google’s Nexus 7 and other small tablets, but based on the specs alone it seems priced a tad too high. The 1024 x 600 screen resolution is the same as the original Galaxy Tab I purchased in 2010, for example, and that’s somewhat surprising. Even a 720p screen would be more appropriate here. A 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage (which can be expanded through microSD cards) and Android 4.1 are included. Why not Android 4.2, Samsung?

GALAXY TAB 3 8.0 GOLD BROWN

For an extra $100, you can bump up to the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, but you don’t get just an extra inch of screen real estate. Screen resolution gets a boost to 1280 x 800, which is far more appropriate for a tablet of this size. Android 4.2 is pre-installed and the dual-core processor is boosted to 1.5 GHz. Internal storage, still expandable, is doubled to 16 GB and Samsung includes 1.5 GB of memory. This model also gains the multi-window feature I first saw on my Galaxy Note 2 phone last year. With it, you can run two apps at the same time.

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 keeps much of the same specifications as the 8-inch model, just in a larger form factor. For $399, you get the same 1280 x 800 resolution, 16 GB of storage and microSD expansion. Internal memory is capped at 1 GB of RAM but the processor should keep the tablet performance high. This is the first Samsung tablet running Android that uses Intel’s 1.6 GHz dual-core Atom processor. The tablet also has an integrated IR-blaster for remotely controlling a television set.

GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 GOLD BROWN

All three devices come with some free goodies from Samsung, perhaps helping to convince you if the prices seem high:

“In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 portfolio will come with a bevy of content value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks. Specifically, hundreds of dollars’ worth of content, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of applications, books, movies and music in Google Play; one year of free Boingo hotspot service; three months free Hulu Plus service; two years free DropBox Service with 50GB storage space; and more.”

When it comes to mobile devices, I’ve always said that size matters and that this is an individual choice. However, even without using any of these Wi-Fi tablets, my long history of experience with Samsung slates tells me the best bang for your buck is probably the “medium” size, or 8-inch slate. Having said that, I’m still curious to try the Intel-powered “large” tablet, even though I wish it had a better display.

  1. Andres Arcesio Torres Cano Monday, June 24, 2013

    Well if I had money I would like the 7-inches, as described above, portability, I imagine it consumes less energy than the other.
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  2. 10 inch with 1280 x 800 resolution is awfull

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    1. No argument there – It’s a shame since the Samsung built Nexus 10 has a great high resolution display!

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  3. Another new Android tablet to launch this week with impressive features and pricing is the Pipo U8 ($189) which compares to the 8 inch mini iPad and offers fast Quad core performance, and the 8″ size is almost as compact as a 7″ tablet but offers 65% more screen space to play with, which truly makes a difference in user experience. This new model offers the latest features, including Android 4.2, Bluetooth, Google Play, MicroSD storage and quality 2 Megapixel front & 5 Megapixel rear cameras; and is also one of the first tablets to work with Miracast HD Wireless (like Apple Airplay) that essentially turns an HDTV into a multimedia center– available through T ab l e t S p r i n t– which also features Bonus Apps that includes an MS Office suite–

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