Samsung announced that its new suite of Galaxy Tab’s will finally hit the United States in a couple of weeks. This comes after the company said the tabs were coming to Canada of few days ago. The Tab 3 series include 10.1, 8 and 7-inch tablets. All three of these tabs are up for grabs on July 7 at big box retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, etc. It seems like Samsung adjusted its approach a bit with the release of the three tablets, as an emphasis on affordability in a mass market shows.
For example, the entry-level Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 brings a price tag of $199 and sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion), and a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TFT display. Ironically, this price target is Kindle Fire, Nexus tablet range. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 is on board, as well as Samsung’s apps and built-in hubs.
The South Korean mega company’s Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will go for $299, specs were bumped up. The 8-inch packs a more powerful Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and higher-resolution 1,280 x 800 TFT display. Moreover, the tab 8.0 carries the latest version of Android (4.2), as well as 16GB of storage capable of memory expansion by way of microSD. The rear-facing 5-megapixel camera can deliver up to 720p for video capture.
Lastly, Sammy’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 priced up at $399. This 10-inch tab packs an 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Z2560 processor and the same resolution as the Tab 3 8.0. Strangely, camera specs remained the same as its smaller brethren, but managed to drop to 1GB of RAM compared to the 8-inch 1.5GB of RAM.
Samsung is throwing in some sweeteners for those thinking of buying one of these three tabs, with a $10 Google Play voucher, one year of Boingo hotspot service, three months of free Hulu Plus and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years. Samsung moving into this more price friendly model could create a problem not only for Apple, but for Amazon and Google as well.