Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: ‘leading 10-inch tablet in the market’? No. Just… no

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: ‘leading 10-inch tablet in the market’? No. Just… noYesterday morning, Samsung lifted the lid on the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and we really wish they hadn’t. On paper, it’s almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Worse still, the press release hailed it as some sort of market leader in the 10in tablet field. What the…?

I’m still reeling, so I figured I’d pit the supposed new benchmark for tablets against some of the better 10in devices; see how it holds up.

Before we get down to business, the only thing I can think that would in any way give credence to Samsung’s words (“Built to be the leading 10-inch tablet in the market”) is a price tag circa £200. Maybe they're talking sales, or maybe - more realistically - they're just talking nonsense.

At the time of writing, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 price remains unknown, but we’re expecting £400ish.

Right, let’s revisit these Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 specs. Should be a laugh.

Display

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 adopts a 10.1in display with a resolution of 800 x 1280. That yields a measly PPI of 149.

Samsung’s own Google Nexus 10 has a 10.1in display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. That’s 299PPI. The market leading Retina iPad has a 1536 x 2048 resolution over 9.7in, which is 264PPI.

Yet Samsung claims: "With the clarity of its display, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 takes center stage for portable home entertainment." Amazing.

RAM

Somewhat surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 weighs in with less RAM than the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8in, at 1GB and 1.5GB respectively.

The Samsung-built Google Nexus 10 has 2GB of RAM, as does the supposedly ditched Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Maybe that’s the lesson Samsung learned from the Galaxy Note 10.1; 2GB of RAM is too much. Ahem.

Technically, the fourth gen iPad has 1GB of RAM, though we’re expecting a fifth gen model in the next few months with nose-punching specs.

Battery

The spanking new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 actually has a slightly smaller battery capacity than the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, at 6,800mAh and 7,000mAh respectively.

Moving up the spec ladder, we have the Google Nexus 10 with a 9,000mAh battery and the iPad 4 with a meaty 11,560mAh juice unit (which explains why it takes nine days to charge).

I guess Samsung is more concerned with keeping things thin and light.

Camera

The jury’s still out on taking pictures with a 10in tablet. Why would anyone bother, when chances are there’s a better rear camera on your smartphone? Not to mention the weight of such devices.

In any case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 sits firmly at the bottom end of the spec-trum with a 3MP rear snapper.

The Google Nexus 10 and iPad 4 – heck, even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – have a 5MP rear camera.

One of your best bets is the Asus Transformer Prime, with 8MP on the rear.

Apps

Ah, the classic bugbear of Android tablets; the lack of apps specifically tailored for the larger screen.

Apple’s App Store, meanwhile, has something like 300,000 big-screen apps.

Weight

Weight is genuinely the only category where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a leg up on the competition, as it weighs a relatively light 510g.

The Google Nexus 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 weigh around 600g, while the iPad 4 tips the scales at 662g.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 manages to be lame in almost every conceivable way – including its ridiculous name. And knowing Samsung, it’ll be priced similarly to the iPad. Sigh.

The rumour mill suggests Samsung is beavering away on a higher-end tablet, perhaps some sort of Google Nexus 10 successor.

Having said all that, I still don’t know why anyone would buy a 10in tablet that’s not an iPad.

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9 comments

idokayat123  Jun. 4, 2013 at 14:48

Epic fail Samsung. I hope for their sakes they announce a high end tablet sooner rather than later. A possible successor to the Nexus 10 or the Note 10/.1

Stelph  Jun. 4, 2013 at 15:41

Yet Samsung claims: "With the clarity of its display, the GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 takes center stage for portable home entertainment." Amazing.


And yet they didnt say "market leader" or "best in class", classic marketing speak to make it sound like its better than it is! Not really a shocker that their PR department are going overboard, they have to earn their money somehow.

I dont think itll be priced the same as the iPad, or at least id hope not, it seemed to me that the only time the Galaxy Tab 2 got seriously popular was when the price dropped like a stone around xmas and loads of people picked one up as a solid alternatve to the Nexus 7, id imagine itll go in at around that price so like you suggest in the articel, I expect it to be around £199

evilskanker  Jun. 4, 2013 at 17:24

When you can consistently guess the author of articles by just reading the titles, the author has definitely become predictable and boring.

tjohnson  Jun. 4, 2013 at 18:15

way to be unbiased with your blog. Ipad blah blah blah.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 4, 2013 at 21:05

way to be unbiased with your blog. Ipad blah blah blah.

Where does it say we are "unbiased"? Mobot doesn't peddle that journalistic pseudo-objective nonsense. Show me unbiased. Go on! I give you 10p for every UNBIASED article you can show me.

As to the subject of this article: read more of Martin's posts and you'll find he is not exactly an Apple fan. And come on: even among Android/Samsung fans, Samsung's tablet output has become a bit of a joke... There, and my wife owns an iPad. That's it.

jb66  Jun. 5, 2013 at 08:37

Id rather have an nexus than an ipad. Better screen forward facing speakers, runs android. I bought a tab2 last christmas for £180 as a stop gap until a new more powerful android 10inch tab came out. Im still waiting, I cant justify paying full price for a nexus 10 when there is a new model that appears to be in the pipeline.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 09:54

Id rather have an nexus than an ipad. Better screen forward facing speakers, runs android. I bought a tab2 last christmas for £180 as a stop gap until a new more powerful android 10inch tab came out. Im still waiting, I cant justify paying full price for a nexus 10 when there is a new model that appears to be in the pipeline.

What are the main apps you run on your Android tablet - if I may ask?

jb66  Jun. 5, 2013 at 10:50

I mainly use chrome, samsung allcast, mochavnc, youtube and bbciplayer. There is a lag on webpages with graphics

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2013 at 11:17

I mainly use chrome, samsung allcast, mochavnc, youtube and bbciplayer. There is a lag on webpages with graphics Thanks... (was asking because I'm always looking for Android tab apps worth trying)

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