Nearly everyone has a smartphone, but if representatives for Samsung are to be believed, tablets are beginning to sell as highly as handsets, with more of the flat 7 to 10 inch computers in every home. With that in mind, three newbies will be hitting Australia in the coming weeks, and we’ve gone hands-on with all of them.
Initially launched back in June during Computex in Taipei, the next tablets as part of Samsung’s long running Galaxy Tab line-up will cover three sizes, with a Tab 3 7 inch, a Tab 3 8 inch, and a Tab 3 10.1 inch.
“To cater to the diverse needs of Australians, the Galaxy Tab 3 represents the next evolution of our highly successful Galaxy Tab 2 range, offering consumers more of what they have come to expect from the Galaxy brand, with an array of options in terms of size, local content and features,” said Tyler McGee, Samsung’s Vice President of Telecommunications in Australia.
First there’s the Galaxy Tab 3 8 which, despite it’s confusing name, brings the size and screen from the Galaxy Note 8 (which we just recently reviewed) to a slightly cheaper price point, removing the S Pen in the process. Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 16GB storage, with a microSD slot for more room.
The 8 inch screen even supports the same resolution as the Note 8 (1280×800), but sadly none of that Wacom pen technology, making this new tablet all tablet and less digital note-taker.
A $100 price differences does separate them, however, with the Galaxy Tab 3 8 coming in for $349, while the Note 8 sits at $449.
Then there’s the all new 10.1 inch, which changes the look of the previous 10.1, keeps the same screen res (10.1 inches at 1280×800), while upgrading the insides marginally.
You’ll find a 1.6GHz dual-core processor using what we suspect is an Intel Atom, 16GB storage, microSD, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi, GPS, and a weight under that of the iPad.
This model will come in at $399, rounding out the most expensive of the range.
At the least expensive, however, is an all new 7 inch model, what is effectively Samsung’s budget tablet.
This model – the Galaxy Tab 3 7 inch – might not have the most imaginative name, but it will come with a 7 inch 1024×600 screen, a slightly older Android 4.1.2 installation, 8GB internal memory, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD slot, and a weight of around 300 grams.