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Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 – budget alternative to its own Note 8.0

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier this month - a stylus enabled 8 inch Android tablet that was a bit on the pricier side at a starting price of $399. There had been rumors about its plans to launch a follow up to its inexpensive Galaxy Tab 2 as well, and as it turns out, the speculation was rather spot on as the Korean electronics major has announced that the Tab 3 will be launching in May.

 

 

 

 

 

The Galaxy Tab 3 has specifications that include a 7 inch screen, an underwhelming display with a pixel density of 169 pixels per inch (as it has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels), an old generation Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual core 1.2 Ghz processor powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, expandable memory (with an inbuilt 8 or 16 GBs to start off with), and finally, a 3 megapixel back camera, and a 1.3 MP front camera.

 

In effect, there is precious little to distinguish it from its predecessor – the Galaxy Tab 2.  It’s very marginally thinner, and about 0.1 pounds lighter than the Tab 2, looks fairly similar, and has almost identical specifications. In effect, it’s hardly worthy of being called the Tab 2’s successor as such. Given that Samsung is launching a tablet with an operating system that is prone to the odd force crashes, the inevitable question is whether previous gen specs are really the way forward to power a new tablet, regardless of the fact that it seems to have aspirations to be a budget option.

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