Samsung is looking to keep its sparkle in the tablet market, as evident from recent announcement of its next gen tablets. It is launching a Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch tablet plus an Intel-powered Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet. In April, it announced a 7-inch variant, which is likely a budget version.
The 8-inch tablet will come with 1.5GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it is still unclear as to which manufacturer’s chip will be used.
The 10.1-inch variant will come with 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera. It will be powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core Clover Trail+ processor, which is capable of 2x compute performance, 3x graphics abilities, and better battery life compared to its predecessor. Intel Atom chips are generally touted for speed, responsiveness and efficiency, with regard to running apps, web browsing, 3D graphics, camera capabilities, HD video and energy saving. The 10.1-inch tablet is also expected to come with Intel’s XMM 7160, which can support 15 LTE bands at a time.
Both the versions – 8-inch and 10.1-inch – will feature Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and WXGA TFT screen having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Each will debut in Wi-Fi-only, 3G and LTE models, and offer 16GB/32GB storage options. The 7-inch version will have lower screen-resolution – 1024 x 600 pixels. It will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. Further, it is expected to come in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G models. All three versions – 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch – are supposed to be arriving from the beginning of June.
Samsung has yet to confirm pricing details. Samsung watchers are anxiously waiting to see how the Intel-powered version will perform in the market, especially against Apple, which is currently leading the tablet market.