Following up on Samsung's previous introduction of the Galaxy 3 Tab 7-inch, Samsung announced today that both an 8 and 10-inch variant will be available sometime this month. Connectivity options, for both devices, include Wi-Fi, LTE, and HSPA networks.
Both run Samsung's proprietary Touchwiz UI, layered atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Historically, Samsung has been slow to release Android OS updates, and if history repeats itself, neither will be looking at a Key Lime Pie update anytime in the near feature.
Samsung will offer both a 16GB & 32GB on-board storage option of each device. After accounting for Samsung's included applications and Touchwiz interface, actual available memory will be approximately 11.26/26.16GB, respectively. Both tabs will also include an external MicroSD slot, enabling up to 64GB of additional external storage.
One differentiating feature between the Tab 3 (and Samsung's Galaxy Note line), and competing tablets, is the inclusion of a stylus which Samsung calls the "S Pen". The stylus tucks into the bottom panel of the tablet and can be used in a variety of apps.
Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
The 8-inch variant has a 1280x800 resolution TFT display -- at 189 PPI (pixels per inch.) Under the hood, you'll find a 1.5GHz Intel dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Battery capacity is spec'd at 4,500mAh.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch
The Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch variant has a 1280x800 resolution TFT diplay -- at 149 PPI (pixels per inch). Under the hood, you'll find a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
In comparison, the Nexus 10 has a 2560 x 1600 resolution -- at 890 PPI. It's powered by a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 10 is available with either 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, but does not support external storage. Battery capacity is spec'd at 6,800 mAh.
Samsung's Touchwiz interface has a reputation of being laggy on the Galaxy S4, and the overall user interface is both bloated and convoluted. Bumping up the screen size will only worsen the user experience, particularly since the overall specs of each tablet are underwhelming.
That said, Samsung does offer a variety of compelling features, most of which are described on: Samsung's Website
3G: HSPA＋ 21Mbps DL, 5.76Mbps UP, Quad 850/900/1900/2100
LTE: LTE Cat3 100Mbps DL, 50Mbps UP, Hexa-Band (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600)
8-inch: 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor
10-inch: 1.6 GHz Dual Core processor
8-inch WXGA TFT(1280 x 800, 189PPI)
10.1-inch WXGA TFT (1280 x 800, 149PPI)
|OS||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
Main(Rear): 5-megapixel camera
Sub (Front): 1.3-megapixel camera
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX(1080p Full HD @30fps)
Playback: [email protected]
Recording: [email protected]
Codec: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC＋, eAAC＋, WMA, FLAC
Sound Alive and Dolby Surround
|Services & Additional Features||
Samsung Kies Samsung Kies Air (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
Samsung Services: Reading mode, Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, S Travel, Dual View, Pop up Video, WatchON
Google Mobile Services: Google Search, Gmail, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navigation), Google Now
WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct Bluetooth& 4.0
|GPS||A-GPS ＋ GLONASS|
|On Board Storage||16/32GB (User Memory approximately 11.26/26.16GB) ＋ MicroSD (up to 64GB)|
8-inch: Li-ion 4,450 mAh
10-inch: Li-ion 6,800 mAh
|Sensor||WiFi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB 3G/ LTE: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB, Approximate|