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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with 7-Inch Screen To Debut in May

Samsung launched its 8-inch Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier this month, and now the smartphone maker has added a lower end option. Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch tablet equipped with a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Monday.

The 7-incher will also feature a 1024 x 600-pixel display resolution, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter and 1GB of RAM. Customers can opt for 8GB or 16GB of memory, and a microSD card slot offers expanded storage of up to 64GB. A Wi-Fi version will launch globally in May with a 3G model to follow in June. Samsung has not specified how much the Galaxy Tab 3 will cost, but given its non-HD display and lack of LTE capabilities, we can expect the tablet to be moderately priced.

These specs represent a slight upgrade from the preceding Galaxy Tab 2, which comes with a 1-GHz processor and only 8GB of onboard storage. Its display and camera, however, remain the same. Today's announcement conflicts with a previous rumor, which said Samsung would launch its Galaxy Tab 3 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 at August's IFA conference in Berlin. 

Other competing 7-inch tablets on the market such as Google’s Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a sharper 1280 x 800-pixel display starting at $199. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD also features a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution display, but comes with a dual-core  TI OMAP4460 processor and a skinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream  Sandwich starting at $199. 

Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.