Samsung trolls us again with Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch phablet launching in May

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Release Date

Remember when Samsung trolled us by adding an ear speaker and voice calling capabilities to the international version of the Galaxy Note 8.0? The sometimes-jester of tech is back again, this time with a 7-inch ear speaker-equipped tablet dubbed the Galaxy Tab 3. To be fair, there probably wouldn’t be much to talk about if not for the Tab 3′s phablet features because the rest of the specs are decidedly dull — Samsung’s new slate includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 1,024 x 600-pixel display measuring 7 inches diagonally, a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and optional cellular connectivity. The Galaxy Tab 3 will launch sometime in May, though pricing hasn’t yet been announced. Samsung’s full press release follows below.

Samsung Unveils GALAXY Tab 3

April 29, 2013

SEOUL, Korea, April 29, 2013 - 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 capabilities that bring better performance and multimedia experiences to your fingertips.

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

• Easy Handgrip and Portability: Its compact, one-hand grip form factor ensures users can hold comfortably for hours as well as store in a pocket or small bag for reading and entertainment on the go. The sleek and stylish design encompasses thinner bezel than the previous GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0).
• Better Multimedia Performance: Powered by a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor, the device allows for faster downloads and sharing, while providing easy access to videos, apps, games, and the web. Offered with either 8/16 of internal storage plus up to 64GB of expandable memory, the device has plenty of space to hold your favorite photos, music, apps, videos and more.
• Enhanced User Experience: The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch is equipped to better capture life’s moments in stunning clarity and resolution with its 3-megapixel camera rear camera and 1.3 -megapixel front camera. Combined with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), it allows users to share photos, videos, and life’s special moments through a few quick taps and swipes.

The GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch WiFi version will be available globally beginning May and 3G version will follow in June. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually. 

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7-inch Product Specifications:

Network

WiFi3G 

- 3G : HSPA+21 / 5.76 Quad 850/900/1900/2100 

- 2G : EDGE/GPRS Quad 850/900/1800/1900

Processor

1.2 GHz Dual Core processor

Display

7 inch WSVGA(1024 x 600, 169 PPI) TFT 

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 3-megapixel cameraSub (Front): 1.3 -megapixel camera  

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMVPlayback: 1080p Full HD @30fps 

Audio

Codec: MP3, OGG, AC3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, FLAC

Services 

& Additional

Features

Samsung Apps 

Samsung Hub

- Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub/ Learning Hub

Samsung Kies, Samsung Kies Air (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)

Samsung ChatON mobile communication service

Google Mobile Services: Google Search, Gmail, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navigation), Google Now

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi DirectBluetooth® 3.0

USB 2.0

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

WiFi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light

3G: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light, Proximity

Memory

8/16GB Internal Memory + 1GB (RAM)

microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Dimension

111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm

302g(Wi-Fi), 306g (3G)

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000 mAh

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