Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, looks like it can make calls

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, looks like it can make callsHot on the heels of rumours of an 8in Samsung Galaxy Tab comes the actual announcement of the third generation of the smaller 7-incher, officially known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Like its predecessor it'll be produced in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi-plus-3G versions, with the presence of a proximity sensor in the latter suggesting the possibility of voice calls being supported.

That would put it in the same camp as Asus' FonePad, but otherwise it's very much just an incremental upgrade to the current Galaxy Tab 2.

The dual-core processor gets a speed boost from 1GHz to 1.2GHz, and while the display is still a 1,024 x 600 LCD, a slimmed down bezel means overall dimensions are trimmed to 188 x 111.1 x 9.9mm – for the record, a reduction of 5.7 x 11.3 x 0.6mm. The battery remains a 4,000mAh cell.

It's lighter, too, coming in at 302g (or 306g for the 3G version), which is comfortably down on the current 341g/344g.

The cameras are an unchanged 3MP round the back and a 1.3MP front-facer, while storage comes in either 8GB or 16GB helpings (the latter for the first time), with the option of adding more via microSD. RAM remains an unchanged 1GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which its predecessor is already sold with having launched with Android 4.0 ICS, so no real improvement there.

The Wi-Fi-only model will be available globally some time in May, with the 3G model to follow in June. Samsung hasn't clarified yet which markets will be getting the 3G edition, or what either variant will cost.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:31

oh... looks nothing* like the last one o_O (*unless "almost identical" is an option)

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