Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 gets new 8-inch and 10.1-inch sizes

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Galaxy-Tab-3-2013.jpgSamsung’s Galaxy Tab 3.0 now comes in two new sizes, with 8-inch and 10.1-inch Tab 3.0 tablets revealed today, joining the already available 7-inch model.

However, though sitting at the top-end of Samsung’s tablet range, the spec sheets leave a little to be desired.

The 8-inch model for instance has just a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, while the 10.1 has a marginally faster 1.6GHz dual-core processor.

Both share a 1280×800 resolution, which isn’t even all that sharp at 189ppi on the 8-inch tablet, and is set to look even worse blown up at 149ppi for the 10.1-inch version. Looking at RAM, the 8-inch model again seems the more desirable, with 1.5GB compared to the 10.1-inch’s 1GB, as well as a 5MP camera compared to a 3MP snapper on the larger slate.
GALAXY-Tab-3-8-inch.jpgBoth do share some attractive features though, including an IR blaster for controlling a TV, LTE variants, microSD storage expansion and advanced Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections . Each uses Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as its operating system.

Regardless, it’s pretty uninspiring stuff for what should be Samsung’s premier tablet line. No word on pricing yet, but we’d hope they’d match the middling specs on offer here rather than being inflated to match the enormous sway that the Galaxy branding now carries.

Gerald Lynch