Tab 3 8.0.

8-inch variant brings upgraded specs and a slightly larger screen

Not to be left out of the fun following this morning's ASUS tablet announcements, Samsung has taken the wraps off two new Galaxy Tabs this morning, the first of which is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The device shares a lot in common with the earlier 7-inch Tab 3, with modest upgrades including the obvious boost in screen real estate.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, runing on an 8-inch 1280x800 LCD display. Connectivity-wise, you’ve got Wifi-only, 3G and 4G LTE options alongside Wifi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Internal storage comes in 16 or 32GB flavors and is expandable via microSD. The specs point to a solid mid-range Android tablet, in a familiar Samsung-designed chassis.

When it comes to software, you’re looking at Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, up from 4.1 on the 7-incher. That also means you get the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, as evidenced by the newer widgets in the promotional shots.

There’s no word on pricing for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 just yet. A UK release is promised for “later in the year,” but that doesn’t narrow things down much. While you wait, you can check past the break for a few more photos and the official spec sheet.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch Product Specifications:


WiFi, 3G, LTE


1.5 GHz Dual Core processor


8-inch WXGA TFT(1280 x 800, 189PPI)


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: 1080p@30fps
Recording: 720p@30fps


Codec: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC
Sound Alive and Dolby Surround Effect

Services & Additional Features

Samsung Apps

Samsung Hub*
- Readers Hub/Music Hub/Game Hub/Video Hub

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
USB 2.0




WiFi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB
3G/ LTE: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB, Approximate


16/32GB Internal Memory + 1.5GB (RAM)
microSD slot (up to 64GB) *available capacity varies and storage is less due to phone software


209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4mm


Standard battery, Li-ion 4,450 mAh



Reader comments

Samsung announces 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3


Not challenging your comment, but I am interested in getting this, but would like to know which specs you find disappointing.
Looks pretty good to me, this and the 10inch version

Might as well put a dedicated phone in it too, and make the stylus into a dual purpose stylus/ headset for calls too.

If they are trying to compete with Nexus 7, than great. If not, then this is a.. Meh tablet.

It shouldn't be more than $250.

I just Dont understand what Samsung are playing at, my year old note 2 is way more powerful than this. I was thinking of getting a note tablet this year but may as well not bother and keep with my n7

They make the Note 8 and that is their high end 8 inch tablet. $399.99 still seems overpriced for it though. $379 on Amazon even sounds too high.

This will be priced in the $249-$299 range unless they are insane.

Nexus 7 Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.56mm
Tab 3 8.0 Dimensions: 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4mm

The Tab 3 8.0 is Only 4 mm wider than the Nexus 7. Note that the bezel is much smaller than the Nexus 7's. Honestly, I think this is the future of this form factor. As bezels get smaller on tablets, 8 inch screens will become the standard on smaller size tablets.

Now the Note 8.0 is 135mm wide. That I agree would be difficult to handle. I like to palm my Nexus 7 as apposed to gripping the side, and that is about as wide as I can go. I'd actually like it thinner like the new Nexus is supposed to be. However, I would also like a bigger screen. Based on The last couple days of press releases, it appears I'll have a lot to choose from.

Nothing really stands out about this. Unless it feels better than a Nexus 7 or does better for reading in daylight, I'd probably just get the Nexus. This was their opportunity to leap well beyond the Nexus and it appears they chose to give a little hop. Google is likely to update the Nexus to 1080p. For me higher ppi trumps an extra inch of display.

Yes -it seems half hearted. They should be knocking our socks off! This hardly justifies changing them. The Nexus 7 shows you CAN have good prices and a great product. This is dull.

I know people dislike the plastic fantastic of Sammy, but in practice the build is OK. Why are the specifications always a bit LOW and the prices a bit too HIGH? With the Note they have a feature that makes it special - but what has thing really got? All I see is front facing speakers.

Both HTC and ASUS act like they mean it. You could do better Sammy; and you really should.