Galaxy Tab 3

7, 8 and 10.1-inch Tab 3 variants heading stateside, pre-orders begin tomorrow

Already announced internationally, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 series will be heading to the United States in a couple of weeks. The 10.1, 8 and 7-inch tablets go up for pre-order tomorrow, and begin shipping on July 7. In its latest line-up of Android-powered tablets, the Korean manufacturer has scaled things back a bit, focusing on affordable, thin, light devices for the mass market.

Each of the three Galaxy Tab 3 devices comes with varying specs — the 7-incher sports a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell chip, the 8-inch has a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, while the 10.1-inch version sports an Intel Z2560 1.6GHz dual-core chip. Similarly, you're looking at 1024x600 display resolution on the smaller Tab 3 and 1280x800 on the larger two. Despite the hardware differences, a common design language flows through the Tab 3 series -- all three are slim, light, plasticky, subtlely curved and instantly recognizable as Samsung products.

For better or worse, the manufacturer opted to use physical buttons -- including the dreaded menu button -- on its latest Android tablets. This frees up visual real estate for stuff that matters, like the apps and UI, but it also means it's not as easy to switch between portrait and landscape modes. On the software side, you're looking at Android 4.1 on the Tab 3 7.0 and the most recent 4.2 on the two larger tabs.

Samsung says the Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 will go on sale at $199, $299 and $399 respectively through a variety of online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Samsung's own online store. All Tab 3 purchases will come with a $10 Google Play voucher, one year of Boingo hotspot service, three months of free Hulu Plus and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years. All three devices will come in white and "gold brown" color options.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series hits the U.S. on July 7

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What´s the performance like? I am looking for a cheap Android tablet, but I don´t want the worst performance in the world.

Well my first 7" tablet was an OG Samsung Tab 7, the Sero 7 Pro is like a rocket compared to it..
It's also faster than my ASUS Transformer.
The Sero pro is quick and has a great screen.

I really don't understand why either.

Galaxy Note 5.5", Galaxy Mega 6.3" (I think) Then tab 7", 8", 10"

That's 5, 6, 7, 8, 10. All they are missing is a 9" device.

Price point seems to be the only real reason. To me the 7" tab 3 seems awfully under powered. Are the specs worse than the tab 2?

The Nexus 7 is by far a better buy still.

And the Sero 7 Pro out does the current Nexus 7 with features. The closet comparison to feature for this GT3 is the 8" for 299? No thank you. That's getting into iPad money range and I'm not going there. But I must say, let's hear it for that $10 Play store offer! Way to go Samsung. NOT!

Specs are almost the same, except the make of the processor, and the version of Android. Other than that, everything else is exactly the same

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Wife loves her Note 10.1 so much she won't let me use it for fear that I might run something fun on it like XBMC. That's why I'm even looking at one for me. So far, thinking Sero for me.

Why would I want to buy one of these when the processor and screen resolution should be better then my Note 2 come on only a dual core!

The 7 inch Tab 3 is almost identical to the 7 inch Tab 2 and the 7 Plus from the year before that. These specs are pathetic for the price. When I decide to replace my 7 inch Tab 2 in a year or so I hope the Tab 4 isn't more of the same.

Minor nit: You used the British Pound sign by mistake for the third price: "go on sale at $199, $299 and £399 respectively"

I don't know how Samsung thinks they can sell that POS 8.0 tablet for $299. Honestly, that is exactly the form factor I want, but I'm not paying that for it.

You don't think so. But Samsung knows they will sell enough of then to make it worth their while.

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I thought I had heard samsung tablets were selling very poorly in the US. Smartphones have done well because of subsidies masking the actual cost of the phone. Tablets don't have that luxury and consequently price matters a LOT!

I can understand the physical home button for the 7 and 8", but it's just silly for the 10.1. It WILL be awkward when using it portrait. I feel that they're just blatantly ignoring Google's standards (which is fine), but it might not work out for the consumer.

Heck, I don't even like using this GS3 with the huge home button. I got from work, my Gnex has the form factor I prefer. But the specs are still really good ;)

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In 3 years of using 10" tablets I used portrait about 0 times. I rather have onscreen buttons and I will never buy any device without them but no one uses 10" tablets in portrait.

impulse is right again... I had the original 10.1 and now use the Nexus 10... I use portrait about... NEVER!

While I don't think you two are the only ones that never use portrait, I don't think I'm the only person that extensively (almost exclusively) use portrait on my 10" tablets.

I would buy one and then immediately sell it just for the the 50gb of dropbox and the hot spot service.

The 50GB of Dropbox alone is worth like $100. Add in the Boingo hotspot and the $10 play credit and your probably getting $150 or more in freebies. I'd take a $20 resale hit just for that.

So why on earth would someone pay MORE for largely 2011 specs on a mid-2013 device when there are alternatives with better specs that cost less? I guess they are counting on brand identity. O_o

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series devices were release .........And no one gave a damn because Samsung has completely lost touch with the tablet market and just produces a bunch of over priced under speced junk.

These tablets would only have a chance at being relevant if they came in at $149, $189 and $249 for the 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 respectively, and honestly even at $189 I don't think I could justify the extra inch on the 8.0 with the crappy specs vs getting last years Nexus 7, let alone the new Nexus 7 when it comes out.

As I understand it, none of these devices have digitizers/S-pens. I was hoping for a refresh of the Note 10.1, which was announced a year and a half ago and released a year ago.

If I want an android tablet with a digitizer (for note taking, i.e. I'm looking for a 10" tablet) what are my best options?

I know it isn't android but for a little bit more than a note 10.1 you could get a lenovo thinkpad tablet 2. It has a wacom digitizer and a free copy of microsoft office with one note. It gets comparable battery life to most android tablets too. It runs windows 8 but the atom is enough to run office and a few other small apps. But trust me, if you are serious about note taking one note really can't be beat.
Also I know this is android central but other than the note 10.1 there really isn't any good android tabs with digitizers.

Still loving my Hisense Sero Pro to death! OH BUT the bells and whistles are soo tempting!! Had they upped the specs I might have jumped. I'll sit tight and enjoy the beauty of Vanilla 4.2 until something better jumps out at me!

Using the N10 today... I think I'll wait and see when new nexus devices come out (I sure hope Google doesn't ever give up on selling Nexus Devices).

Samsung REALLY! Needs to slow the hell down *smh* I'm really starting to dispise the company products are coming out to fast and there are still alot of issues and broken promises coming from them. :(

Obviously the best choice is the galaxy tab 3 8.0. It has the highest pixel density of the three, and has the best processor, and costs less than an iPad mini. It almost makes me want to trade my galaxy tab 2 7.0 for this

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I picked up a Hisense Sero 7 Pro for my wife.....I have also used it and beginning to think it is time to sell my iPad 3 and get Sero 7 Pro for myself. It is really speedy and the screen is fantastic. I rooted and put a rom on it to make it even better than stock! Very impressed with the exclusive deal Hisense and Walmart worked out.....they ought to sell a lot of these!