Samsung's revamped line of Galaxy Tab tablets has officially hit store shelves. The lineup, which includes the Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch, Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, is part of Samsung's ongoing campaign to overcome the iPad's dominance through sheer product availability.
The three tablets share a look similar to that of the Galaxy S4, complete with a physical Home button just below the screen that's flanked by soft-touch buttons. The Galaxy Tab 3s each come with their own IR blaster and WatchOn app for using the them as remote controls. Samsung is also throwing in a $10 voucher for the Google Play store, two years of Dropbox with 50GB of online storage, one year of Boingo hotspot coverage and three months of Hulu Plus.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch will go for $199 and includes a 7-inch display, 1.2-Ghz Marvell PXA 986 processor, 1GB of RAM and run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A 3-megapixel camera sits on the back of the tablet, while a 1.2-megapixel shooter calls the front home. Unfortunately, the Tab 3 7-inch sports a relatively low-resolution 1024 x 600 display when compared to offerings from competitors like the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7. The upcoming ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 will cost $149 and come with a quad-core CPU and a 1280 x 800 display.
The $299 Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch includes a 1280 x 800 display resolution and features Samsung's Multi-Window mode, which lets users run two apps on the same screen at the same time. Inside, the Tab 3 8-inch packs a 1.5-GHz Exynos 4212 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Tab 3 8-inch features a 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter and 1.3-megapixel camera up front.
Priced at $399, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch features a 1.6-GHz dual-core processor, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.5-megapixel front-facing shooter. However, the Nexus 10 starts at the same price and has 2560 x 1600 display.