By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 29, 2013 09:25 AM EDT
Samsung took the wraps off its Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the latest Android tablet to join its popular Galaxy series.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is slimmer than its 7-inch predecessor and comes in Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + 3G variants. The new tablet runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.
"Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the introduction of the GALAXY Tab 3 - 7-inch tablet featuring sleek design and enhanced capabilities that bring better performance and multimedia experiences to your fingertips," reads the press release on Monday, April. 29. "With the new GALAXY Tab 3, Samsung has evolved its range of innovative tablets, making them smaller and easier to carry, while increasing the user experience overall."
With the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung trims the bezel of the 1024 x 600 LCD TFT display to bring it to a trimmer 111.1 x 188 x 9.9mm, while still packing a powerful 4,000 mAh battery.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will launch globally in May, with the 3G version to follow suit in June. The slightly heavier 3G model will have quadband HSPA+ support (850/900/1900/2100), but Samsung has yet to confirm which markets will get the slate.
Both models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 sport a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, as well as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) with channel-bonding and WiFi Direct support. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, GLONASS. In terms of internal storage, the slate comes in 8GB and 16GB but packs a micro SD card slot for additional memory of up to 64GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 further packs 1GB of RAM, and sensors including accelerometer, digital compass and light. The 4G model has a proximity sensor as well, which means it will likely turn off the screen when holding the device close to the face. That would, however, entail making voice calls with the device, and holding a 7-inch slate to your ear like a phone would be somewhat odd.
Samsung did not offer any pricing details for either version of the Galaxy Tab 3 yet, but those details will likely surface soon, closer to launch.
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