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Samsung announces the 7in Galaxy Tab 3

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Mon Apr 29 2013, 10:27
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 comes with Android 4.1

KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 3 on Monday, a 7in tablet that it will release in May.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is the third generation of Samsung's original Android tablet, as the firm looks to steal market share from the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7.

"Its compact, one-hand grip form factor ensures users can hold comfortably for hours as well as store in a pocket or small bag for reading and entertainment on the go," Samsung boasts.

Sporting a design nearly identical to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, the device has a 7in 1,024x600 screen in its plastic casing and will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. We don't know why it won't arrive with the latest version of Android, but Samsung is likely to release an update later.

Samsung's Touchwiz user interface is onboard as standard, furnishing the tablet with the likes of Samsung Hub, Apps and Chaton, although it's unlikely to boast the futuristic software features of the Samsung Galaxy S4. We've asked Samsung for more information.

Other specifications include dual 3MP and 1.3MP cameras, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB via microSD card and a 4,000mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will initially launch as a WiFI-only model in May, with a 3G version to follow in June.

There's no word on pricing or release date yet, but we've asked Samsung for more details. µ

 

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