Recently, Samsung has announced a new range of budget-friendly tablets in the incarnation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Apart from the 7-inch and 8-inch models we’ve previously discussed, there will also be a bigger 10.1-inch version expected to be released this month.

SamsungTab3This time around, they’ve changed its exterior and upgraded some of its hardware. Below are some of the key features that we can expect from the new and bigger tab.

WiFi and GSM variants

Last year, the Korean mobile manufacturer launched the Tab 2 series in three different variants: Wi-Fi only, 3G and 4G LTE. The third generation will also be released in these versions. The 3G and 4G LTE models will include a full support for voice conversations, SMS and MMS.

In May of this year, Verizonwireless announced that their new stocks of Samsung devices including the 7-inch Tab 3 will carry the fresher Linux Kerner Source Code. Thus, we can expect the 10.1-inch new gizmo to carry the same code allowing you to enjoy the Android tools and applications faster and more efficient.

Latest Mobile OS

One of the significant changes included in the new Galaxy tablet is the integration of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. Although its predecessor (which originally has Android Ice Cream Sandwich) is capable of upgrading to Jelly Bean 4.1, the latest update will naturally include a handful of new features. To name a few, the slate will support Photo Sphere, Screen Reader, full HDMI mirroring, group MMS messaging and support for multiple user accounts.

Intel CPU

When it comes to the processing power, this tablet packs a Dual-core Intel Atom CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. According to TechRadar, it is the first Intel-powered Android tablet on the market. Not a lot of mini notebooks are pre-installed with this chipset from Intel. Normally, budget laptops are only given a Single-core CPU.

The Atom Z2560 replaces the ARM Cortez A9 in the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. However, while the rest of smartphones and tablets in the market receive 2GB of RAM, this new series will retain its 1GB internal storage.

Camera and Screen Display

Apart from the RAM, the company also retained the rear camera power at 3.15-megapixel camera without an LED flash. Somehow, the Android community was expecting it could go as high as 8-megapixel or as powerful as Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel.

But they did a facelift in the front camera by updating the old VGA quality to the 1.3-megapixel snapper.  It also supports 720p HD resolution.

There’s also no innovation when it comes to the screen display. Those who’ve owned a high-end mobile device will be frustrated with the tablet’s resolution of 1280 x 800 resolution (149 ppi). With an average pixel density, we don’t think it can compete with the iPad’s Retina display.

 The Design

This is probably the major selling point of this tablet. It definitely looks sexy with a thickness of only 8mm. The uni-body case uses a white glossy plastic with gray sides (for white model). It will also be available in black and gray accents.  This time, they managed to include a home button and two capacitive function keys to replace the virtual controls and add more space for on-screen applications.

The Samsung 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is already available in the United Kingdom. It’s now available in store with a price of $399, when purchased out of contract. You have two options: 16GB or 32GB units. Do you think the new Tab has a chance to beat the iPad?

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David Thompson often talks about mobile phones, art, startup businesses and fashion in technology. His love of playing computer games takes up most of his spare time and he also regularly contributes to a newly-launched tech blog

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