This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication - Western Union memo, 1876
NOT CONTENT with the four tablets it unveiled at CES last week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite on Thursday.
As the 'Lite' in its name suggests, the Samsung's latest Galaxy Tab isn't the most exciting tablet, and has its sights firmly set on the budget tablet market.
Given its budget focus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite's specifications are mediocre, with the tablet featuring a 7in 1024x640 display, a 1.2GHz processor and Google's ageing Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, Android will be almost unrecognisable anyway, with Samsung covering the slate with its custom Touchwiz user interface that furnishes the tablet with Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub and the firm's Chaton instant messaging service.
There's no front-facing camera on the tablet, just a middling 2MP camera on the rear, and there's 8GB of internal storage. However, this can be extended up to an additional 32GB via the microSD card slot on the side of the device.
Beyond that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite features support for both 3G and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB of RAM and a 3,600mAh battery, which Samsung claims can last for up to eight hours. The latest addition to Samsung's Galaxy Tab lineup measures 9.7mm thick and tips the scales at 310g.
Samsung has said that the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will be made available globally, although there are no UK availability details yet. However, we're expecting the tablet to be priced below £200. µ
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