Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes to replace the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 model, without bringing any major improvements in terms of technical specifications. After several rumors regarding different Galaxy Tab 3 variants have hit the market, Samsung official announced the 7-inch model today. Compared to the previous generation, Samsung claims that it tried to deliver a thinner case, improved multimedia performance and improved user experience, courtesy of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, compared to the 1 GHz CPU used for Galaxy Tab 2. The new 7 incher comes with 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, of course, expandable using the microSD card slot (up to 64 GB supported). Compared to the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, the new Galaxy Tab 3 will not have a 32 GB variant, probably because the South Korea-based company tried to keep its price as low as possible.
Even though the rumor mill talked about higher quality displays for the Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung is not using an IPS panel as it was speculated lately. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with a 7-inch TFT display with WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600 pixels), and a pixel density of 169 ppi, specifications that are similar to the ones of the previous model.
The primary camera mounted on the back has a 3 megapixel sensor, while the front-facing camera was improved, the VGA sensor being replaced by a 1.3 megapixel unit.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11n, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and Glonass module, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and compass. The battery is identical to the one used for Tab 2: a 4,000 mAh Li-Ion unit.
Anyway, Samsung changed the sizes of the Galaxy Tab 3 compared to its predecessor, the new model being 111.1 mm tall, 188 mm wide, and 9.9 mm thin. The WiFi-only model has a weight of 302 grams, while the WiFi + 3G variant will weigh 306 grams.
The two new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 models will be launched separately, as the South Korea-based company announced that the WiFi-only model will debut this May, while the 3G-friendly model will hit the stores as of June.
Just like I was mentioning above, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box with Samsung’s proprietary user interface on top of it.