Samsung has officially announced two new additions to the Galaxy Tab 3 line, expanding its premier tablet range in both numbers and sizes.
The electronics giant took the wraps off the all-new Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and the Galaxy Tab 3 10-inch, which join the previously announced 7-inch model that launched earlier this year.
“Designed to be held in one hand”, the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is effectively Samsung’s answer to the iPad mini, featuring a compact 1280 x 800 TFT display with a fairly impressive 189 ppi density and Samsung’s “reading mode” technology to deliver a paper-like reading experience in a variety of light conditions.
Under the hood sits a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which is teamed with Dolby Surround Effect and Samsung’s Sound Alive technology for a high-end audio experience on the move.
Also on board is a five-megapixel camera, along with 1.3-megapixel front-facing number for video calls. Elsewhere, it houses 16 to 32GB of internal storage, depending on the model you pick, plus amicroSD slot to expand that by a further 64GB.
Next up is the Galaxy Tab 3 10-inch, which, is not quite the challenger to the 10-inch iPad offering a much less impressive 149 ppi display that pales in comparison to the iPad’s 264ppi display.
It also appears to be missing a number of Samsung-exclusive apps that the 8-inch will ship with - some of which were debuted on the recently launched Galaxy S4 - namely Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, S Travel, Dual View, Pop up Play and WatchON.
Still, it does sport a much larger screen that makes it ideal for use around the house or even as a work device.
Keeping things ticking over here is a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and the same storage amount as the eight-inch model. A 1.3-megapixel front-facer is also on board, but the rear camera gets an unusual downgrade to a three-megapixel number.
The Tab 3 10.1 also comes with a comprehensive suite of multimedia applications from the Samsung Hub preloaded, alongside Sound Alive and Dolby Surround Sound.
Both tablets run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, along with the latest tweaks to Samsung’s bespoke TouchWiz interface.
Samsung’s keeping its lips sealed for now regarding pricing but it said that both Galaxy Tab slates will be available in the UK later this year and come in a 4G LTE version, a 3G version and a Wi-FI-only version