Samsung Not Launching Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch)

By Anu Passary email: | Jan 27, 2013 10:56 AM EST

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Just a few days ago the grapevine was abuzz with rumors that Samsung would be launching the successor of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2, dubbed the Galaxy Tab 3. However, new reports indicate that Samsung has dropped the plans for a 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 in favor of an 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3.

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The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, however, should not be confused with the Korean company's upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is slated for a MWC 2013 debut.

According to SamMobile, who were tipped off by an insider, Samsung is waiting to see how the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet will be received, before it takes a final call on the Galaxy Tab 3.

"Samsung is going to drop the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Samsung may bring the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, but this depends on the sales of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is still in the pipelines and will have a LTE version too, the same is for the new upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Note 8.0," reported SamMobile.

The question that piques the mind is why would Samsung prefer an 8-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab 3 over a 7-inch one? A possibility exists that the Korean company could be looking at alternatives to challenge the iPad mini, but with the S Pen-equipped Galaxy Note 8.0 in the pipeline, it makes little business sense for Samsung to have two similar-sized tablets.

Additionally, per the report, Samsung also has an entirely new Android-powered tablet, dubbed the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus or Samsung P8200, up its sleeve. The tablet has been codenamed ROMA. The report also discloses that Samsung may launch a follow-up of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which has been codenamed VIENNA.

With so many similar-sounding Galaxy tablets in the pipeline, hopefully consumers will not get confused. Samsung, it seems, is strengthening its arsenal of tablets to topple current tablet market king Apple from its pedestal.

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