Recently, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 3, with specifications that make for a fairly mid-range device. Samsung also released the Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier in the year and we've been hearing word of them releasing a non-note version of that device for some time now. SamMobile have gotten their hands on some info that would suggest a Galaxy Tab 8.0 is closer to being released than we might think. Here are the specs that the folks have managed to sniff out:
- 8.0" WXGA ,1280—800 TFT
- 1.5 GHz Dual-Core
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of Storage with MicroSD support up to 64GB
- EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+42Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera with 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
- BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS
- Android 4.2.2
- 4,450 mAh battery
- 209.3 x 122.2 x 6.95 mm
Apparently, the Galaxy Tab 3 carries codenames of SM-T310 and SM-T311 for 3G and Wi-Fi, respectively. According to SamMobile the device could be launched as early as the end of June. Whether or not there's any truth in this rumor remains to be seen but, Samsung have historically released a number of tablets all with varying different screen sizes, and in fact their first line of Galaxy Tabs featured sizes of 7, 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 inch sizes so, there's no telling just what Samsung are going to do this time around.
It doesn't look like this is going to be Samsung's iPad Mini rival, that duty looks to have already been given to the Galaxy Note 8.0 and it'd be a smart idea to leave it to the Galaxy Note 8.0. Pricing is going to be crucial here, if Samsung are releasing the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and a 7-inch version as well – which one of them is the "premium" model? How much more should one cost than the other? It seems that Samsung are becoming dangerously close to flooding the market with tablets again and with an apparent Nexus 7 successor on the horizon, they will need to price these tablets perfectly.
Is the Galaxy Note 8.0 not above to bridge the gap between the Galaxy Tab 3 and a new Galaxy Tab 10.1? Is this is one product too far for Samsung, let us know what you think in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The picture above is in fact, the Galaxy Tab 3.