Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite: A refresh of the original Galaxy Tab?

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet on Thursday, one day after a manual for the device leaked online. The company didn’t mention a price for the slate, saying only that it will be available globally in choice of white or black colors. Just like the Galaxy Tab 3, this Lite version uses a 7-inch display.

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

The screen itself is one place where the “Lite” part comes in: Samsung is using a 1024 x 600 panel which is the same resolution as the original Galaxy Tab from three generations ago. Samsung doesn’t specify the processor in the new tablet, saying only that it’s a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU. The user manual, however, notes this is a Marvell PXA986 chip.

Don’t expect LTE connectivity in the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite either. Instead, look for a Wi-Fi-only model and one that includes 2G/3G for mobile broadband. Samsung says the 3G radio supports HSPA download speeds up to 21 Mbps with uploads topping 5.76 Mbps.

Galaxy Tab Lite 3 black

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite runs Android 4.2 with 1 GB of memory and just 8 GB of local storage. You can add up to 32 GB of additional storage with a microSD card. The rear camera uses a lowly 2-megapixel sensor and there isn’t a camera on the front. With the 3600 mAh battery, Samsung says to expect up to eight hours of video playback.

Without pricing it’s impossible to determine if the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is a good value. Rumored prices of $165 and $263 for the two models seem incredibly high, however. Built with some components that were barely cutting edge four years ago tells me this Lite model will be– or at least should be — aggressively priced and offered first in markets where budget tablets are the norm.

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