Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

The 10-inch form factor returns, but the top-end Tab 3 is still a mid-range device

Samsung’s second Tab announcement today brings news of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which as you may have guessed is a 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3 line. Spec-wise, there’s not much to separate the Tab 3 10.1 from the 8-inch variant announced alongside it. You’ve got a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM (less than the 8-incher, oddly), 16 or 32GB of storage backed up by microSD expandability.

It’s also running the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with the most recent iteration of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. And you’ve got Wifi, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity options available, as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

Disappointingly, Samsung has opted to stick with a 1280x800 display resolution on the 10-inch Tab 3, meaning you’ve got the same pixel count as the Tab 3 8.0, only spread over a much larger area. So we’re dealing with a mid-range Android tablet here, and Samsung will likely choose to compete on price rather than specs when the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 reaches British shores later this year. There’s no word of any official release date or price just yet, however.

Check past the break for more images and the official spec sheet.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Product Specifications:

Network

WiFi
3G: HSPA+ 21/5.76 (850/900/1900/2100)
LTE: 100Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL; Hexa Band(800/850/900/1800/2100/2600) HSPA+ 42/5.76 (850/900/1900/2100)

Processor

1.6 GHz Dual Core processor

Display

10.1-inch WXGA TFT (1280 x 800, 149PPI)

OS

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 3-megapixel camera
Sub (Front): 1.3-megapixel camera

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX(1080p Full HD @30fps)
Playback: 1080p@30fps
Recording: 720p@30fps

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, E-AC-3, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB
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

Google Mobile Services: Google Search, Gmail, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navigation), Google Now

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct
Bluetooth® 4.0
USB 2.0

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

WiFi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, Light
3G/ LTE:

Memory

16/32GB Internal Memory + 1GB (RAM)
microSD slot (up to 64GB) *available capacity varies and storage is less due to phone software

Dimension

243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95mm
510g (Wi-Fi)

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 6,800 mAh

 

 
There are 35 comments

Samsung galaxy S4 stretched..it looks like S4's grandfather :D

dcon87 says:

grandfather indeed, lesser processing power and lower resolution than the GS4

I guess I'll wait for the next note tablet and hope it has a high resolution And quadcore.

dcon87 says:

1280x800, really, really?

Channan says:

Yeah. This is a 2 year old tablet. Samsung just adds a new number to it every year.

John-Smith says:

That sure is a lot of, meh..

soullover says:

I think am going to buy sony xperia tablet Z

it's the best right now

scaots says:

This is only interesting if they sell it for under $200. Still not for me at any price but that would definitely move some devices.

sfreemanoh says:

Yeah, if it was under $200 (or maybe even right at $200), I would think about it. But with the overall meh specs, that's it.

Mighty_Red says:

If the price is aggressive (i.e. well under £250) then it might have mild success as a cheapie tablet. Not an exciting release and I would probably go for a note 10.1" on offer rather than this. In 2013 10" tablets should be 1080p min and what we all want is the Nexus 10 level device with upgraded internals and a MicroSD card

What I will say is that I feel that the most disappointing thing about many of the Samsung releases this year has been the branding and positioning of both the phones and tablets. For instance, this and the 8.0" are the Tab 3 and are mid-range devices, what will be the premium range? The Note series?

If not, and they will be bringing out a premium 10", will they bring out another brand name, or still use the Tab 3 moniker?

It seems like they are trying to trick people into buying these devices thinking that they are getting cutting edge, which these are not. Over use of the "S4" name will do the same.

Problem for Samsung is that while they may make the sales now off the back of this, it might come back to them later down the line if these devices are not as good as their price or name suggests.

can we stop calling these devices mid range... they are def low end... horrible display (especially considering its a tablet)... processer not even in the quad core game (take a look at that new transformer pad)... and 1gb is too low these days (1.5gb is mid range and 2gb is high end...)
just think we shouldn't use the same standards we were using a year ago... this tablet is low end today...

Aaron Watson says:

Why doesn't samsung make a truly high end tablet? And why flood the market with oh 7 then 8? Why not just one?

Well...they did make the Nexus 10...

MC_A_DOT says:

.............

Gearu says:

omg it's the Tab 2 all over again, which was the 1st Tab all over again bar a new processor.

It can't be long before another manufacturer starts making fun of them for releasing a new galaxy device seemingly every week. And although this troll strategy annoys Apple who can only include 22 devices in their patent war, it continues to devalue the Galaxy name and cheapen the overall image.

Samsung's best will come out in the Galaxy Note 10.1 2.
(lol)

Hehe. Maybe you're right, they're intentionally flooding the market so that some of their Galaxy Tabs will sneak past the 22 lawsuit limit.

Yeah, an oddly ho hum, pointless (other than the lawsuit thing above) release that cheapens the Galaxy brand. Maybe they're planning to relegate the Galaxy Tab name for mid-level products and come out with a new Universe Tab line for high-end products?

1280 x 800 on a 10" tab in 2013? What blasphemy is this?

Also, the menu/back capacitive buttons will be annoying as hell if you're holding the tablet in portrait.

Kvoth says:

I don't understand how samsung can release soooo many devices (most of which are remarkable average) and still profit from them? Surely it's not sustainable, what with initial design/prototyping/manufacturing/software costs for each separate device...

mikejs78 says:

This device is a complete fail. Hardware buttons, low resolution, mediocre processor. Pass...

jazzbassist1 says:

Was about to post this same comment. Hardware failure for sure

xs228 says:

I hope the note 2 10.1 is better than this

odd1ne says:

I doubt it will all Samsung's tablets this year are rubbish. Dont know why they have super powerful phones are well underpowered tablets.

rkirmeier says:

Really love the S3/S4 phones but Sammy's tablets have sure been disappointing...

They got rid of the front facing speakers?!?

joedon3 says:

Is it me, or do the new Galaxy Tablets look like something that LeapFrog would release for toddlers? I love the crap out of Samsung, but their design has been so horrible lately (not to mention the hardware specs). There is no way in hell that I can purchase any of these Galaxy Tabs, they look ridiculous! I'll be getting an ASUS or even an HTC if they release a good competitor!

Ronzdaname says:

No front facing speakers.
No flash for the camera.
Weaker cameras.
Dual core processor.

My Galaxy Note 10.1 out classes this one easy.
The one thing I do like is it looks as if they're using the micro USB for charging instead of the 30pin connector.

DashShiron says:

I was thinking the exact same thing, my Note 10.1 from a year ago outclasses this thing in many respects, the only equal is the screen out of EVERYTHING.

Ronzdaname says:

Hey, they could take away the S Pen feature, and it would still outclass this Tab 3. Hell, Galaxy Tab 2 didn't even match up to it. It kills me that they don't show the Note 10.1 hardly any love. This is an awesome tablet.

codiusprime says:

No mention of what kind of CPU? From what I've read it's an Intel. Also the misunderstanding of more cores = better is alive and well in this thread.

Mighty_Red says:

Think you've missed the point, if it was a high-class CPU or the Intel edition they would've told us. Every component looks 2012 at best - if you have a tablet from 2011 or 2012, would you consider buying this tablet? It will have to be a bargain to sell.

Consider that Sammy got criticised for the S4 even though every spec was improved, CPU, memory, screen, etc.

We need the manufacturers to keep pushing the specs up and/or keep innovating in other ways. This release has neither which is bad when we know the technology has moved on.

sfsilicon says:

It's all over the news. Google it since I can't post the link.

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Samsung unveils first Android tablet using Intel chip

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday it will use Intel Corp processors to power a new version of one of its top-tier Android tablets, a major victory for the U.S. chipmaker, which is struggling to find its footing in the mobile market.

Samsung has previously used chips designed with energy-efficient technology from the UK's ARM Holdings for its best-selling mobile devices.

The South Korean firm unveiled two new tablets on Monday including an 8-inch tablet, and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, which uses Intel chips.

(This story corrects final paragraph to say Samsung introduces two tablets, not three)

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Matt Driskill)

ridilen says:

What's with the physical home button? This is a write-off.

gameson says:

I bought a Tab 2 10.1 inch and I am glad I did. The only difference I can tell spec wise is the CPU of 1.2 vs 1.6 dual core. Physical difference are the dedicated home button (vs none on tab 2, which I like better as it gives cleaner looks), and the micro USB vs Samsung connector.

other than that, I bought my Tab 2 10.1 inch at US$200. beat that, so happy that my Tab 2 would be relevant at least for another year.

Physical buttons are a deal-breaker for me...I definitely prefer to use my tablet in portrait mode most of the time.

CeluGeek says:

Ugh! I still don't like that oversized phone UI on a 7-inch tablet, let alone a 10-inch tablet!

On the plus side, the presence of physical and capacitive buttons means there should be no onscreen navigation buttons to risk pressing accidentally every time you want to press the space bar while typing.