Samsung has finally announced their super low-end Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, a week after they announced the rest of the Tab 3 lineup at CES. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is the seven-inch option and comes with specs dating back to early last year, including a redundant operating system.
Starting with the internals, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will come with a 1280 x 800-pixel display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a measly 8GB of internal storage, managed somewhat by the inclusion of a microSD slot.
This is all wrapped up in what looks like a plastic case, rather odd considering the rest of the tablet lineup get the faux leather back and faux metal accents. Samsung really is marketing this as the cheap Android tablet, the one that will not cost a lot but may not run that well.
To add insult to injury, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will only run Android 4.2 at launch, with TouchWiz UI slapped on top. We are really not sure why Samsung are doing this, Android KitKat 4.4 has lower system requirements and Google does not make Samsung pay for a newer version.
Samsung could bring out an incredible price for the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and if they don’t, we cannot see this doing well in any market. Samsung really needs to target the below $100 market, if it is any more the Kindle Fire HD or original Nexus 7 is a better deal.
The low-end Android tablet market is growing at the rate as the low-end Android smartphone market, although the scope of the smartphone market is pretty bigger. We have already heard of $50 and even $30 Android tablets being developed in India, but with Samsung’s mass market appeal, setting the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite at $99 may be a good deal.