Samsung is announcing the second and third members of its newly-announced Galaxy Tab 3 line in the form 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions. The Korean company launched the 7-inch version in April and is following up with two new tablets that bear a striking resemblance to their Galaxy smartphone counterparts.
The 10.1-inch version is launching with a 1280×800 TFT display, a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor powered by Intel’s Clover Trail+ platform, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB internal storage, 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.2.2 and a 6,800 mAh battery.
These middling specs continue with the 8-inch version, which has 1280×800 TFT display, a 1.5Ghz ARM-powered dual-core chip, 1GB RAM, 16-32GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, Android 4.2, and a 4,450mAh battery.
Both tablets have the potential for 3G connectivity, though we’re unlikely to see them sold through carrier channels after the tepid success of the former cellular-powered Galaxy Tabs.
What’s interesting is how minor these updates are in terms of hardware: the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its successor, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, had dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and WXGA displays. Samsung seems to be satisfied using its TouchWIZ software, with its various S-branded services, as differentiators between generations.
Similarly, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is nearly identical in hardware to its Galaxy Note 8.0 equivalent, and but for the missing S Pen, looks indistinguishable.
Both devices will be released this month for an unspecified price, but you can expect them to come in around $250-350 depending on the size.