Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 specs leak: mediocrity in 8in and 10.1in flavours?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 specs leak: mediocrity in 8in and 10.1in flavours?The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has been no stranger to the rumour mill recently, but today has seen a whole new line of SGT3 speculation kick off afresh.

Greek site Techblog has leaked specs for a pair of third-gen Galaxy Tabs supposedly on their way to the world's tablet lovers – an 8-incher and a larger 10.1-inch variant.

No surprise so far, we hear you say – and quite rightly too. As for the rest of the spec, if anything the only surprise is how mediocre it is.

Kicking off with the larger 10.1in model, the resolution is a middling 1,280 x 800 pixels, while we're talking a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and 3MP/1.3MP cameras.

You get a decent 7,000mAh of battery juice in a package that's 8.7mm thick overall, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean covers the OS side of things. One notable extra is the presence of Wi-Fi Direct support for easier connectivity between your gadgets.

The 8in model is a fair bit skinnier at just 6.95mm thick, with the trade-off being a significantly smaller 4,500mAh battery.

The rest of the spec is much the same, though, but curiously your RAM quota is doubled to 2GB, while Wi-Fi Direct falls away.

On the physical front it's clear that Samsung is gunning straight for the iPad and iPad mini. The larger SGT3 is 15mm taller but 10mm narrower than the full-size iPad (not bad considering its slightly bigger screen). It's also 0.7mm thinner and a full 119g lighter.

The smaller model, meanwhile, is 9mm taller and 22mm narrower than the iPad mini, though it's 22g heavier despite being a shade (0.25mm) skinnier.

That said, with Techblog claiming the 3G versions of Samsung's duo set to go on sale next month with 4G variants to follow in June, it won't be long before Apple has the chance to go one better with its next generation of iPads.

And that's just on physical dimensions. Unless Samsung goes seriously aggressive on price, it's hard to see just what makes these devices so special.

That's assuming all this is true, of course. It may be and it may not be. Maybe the unlikely sounding Galaxy Tab 3 Plus is real after all. At least that would explain the moderately ho-hum specs we're seeing here.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2013 at 20:04

So... the phones need quad- and dual quad-core chips, but the tabs are okay with dual-cores? (yes, they probably are)

krogothnx  Apr. 16, 2013 at 02:39

Well, at least with specs this mediocre they can't be confused with iPads eh?

I presume they must have something special planned, after all they make the Nexus 10 for Google, yet all these have downright awful for the price screens?

Stelph  Apr. 16, 2013 at 06:05

So... the phones need quad- and dual quad-core chips, but the tabs are okay with dual-cores? (yes, they probably are)

TBF that's what they did with the galaxy tab 2 range, lower spec and (eventually with a sale) reduced price and they flew off the shelves. The note is the high spec tablet range....

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 16, 2013 at 08:00

So... the phones need quad- and dual quad-core chips, but the tabs are okay with dual-cores? (yes, they probably are)

TBF that's what they did with the galaxy tab 2 range, lower spec and (eventually with a sale) reduced price and they flew off the shelves. The note is the high spec tablet range....

Yeah, I get that ;)
But the fact that those tabs run quite okay shows that on smaller screen phones those uber-chips are just filler...

corgi74  Apr. 16, 2013 at 09:20

No 7" this year?
Wonder why

Stelph  Apr. 16, 2013 at 09:47

So... the phones need quad- and dual quad-core chips, but the tabs are okay with dual-cores? (yes, they probably are)

TBF that's what they did with the galaxy tab 2 range, lower spec and (eventually with a sale) reduced price and they flew off the shelves. The note is the high spec tablet range....

Yeah, I get that ;)
But the fact that those tabs run quite okay shows that on smaller screen phones those uber-chips are just filler...


True, I realise ive been banging on about it for ages but until Android becomes more content creation focused (i.e. video/movie editors) then the rapid development of quad and octo core processors are just a waste, its as bad an "arms race" as the race to the thinnest or the race to the largest screen was to a phones battery life.

PLEASE can we have a race beetween manufacturers to bring out a phone that lasts longer than a 10 year old Nokia 3210. Its like we are going backwards in that regard

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