The Galaxy Tab 3 is a lovely tablet, but it’s not the kind of device you’d want to share with your toddlers. To that end, Samsung on Tuesday announced the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a brightly colored variation of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 that comes preloaded with apps and content for children.
The specs aren’t particularly exciting. The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 screen, and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. There’s a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 1-megapixel camera on the front, along with 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. There’s no network connectivity, but the tablet connects to 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. It comes loaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), but that will likely be unrecognizable beneath all of Samsung’s software customizations.
Much like Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire HD, Samsung is including a time management feature that allows parents to set specific time periods during which the tablet can be used. To do this, a password-protected lock screen appears, requiring an adult to unlock the device. Samsung has also preloaded a number of apps for education, gaming, entertainment, and e-book reading. The tablet allows parents to select the apps they want to allow their kids to use through the Application Manager. Samsung has also loaded a child-friendly app store on the tablet.
The Galaxy Tab Kids comes with a child-friendly grip along the outside, protecting the tablet and making it easier for young hands to hold. Samsung is planning to offer a number of different stand options, like the grip/kickstand combo pictured above. Most interesting is the included C Pen, which, much like an S Pen, lets children draw on the tablet’s screen without fear of damage.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will be available in early September starting in Korea, but will make its way to the U.S., Europe, China, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia shortly thereafter. Samsung hasn’t announced a price, but given the price of the original Galaxy Tab 3, as well as the specs and the competition, you can probably expect the tablet to retail somewhere around the $199 mark, and possibly even a bit lower.
All images from Samsung.