The yet to be officially announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has been showing up quite frequently in various places – including the FCC; which does give the impression that the launch of the device is imminent. In its latest appearance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110) has materialized at the FCC to gets radios certified for use on American networks.
As we had reported earlier, Samsung intends to boost its share of the tablet market pie, and intends to launch four new tablets in the early part of the next year – specifically, in the first quarter (January to March) itself. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be launched as part of these four tablets and with its target segment, the device is expected to give quite a competition to other low-cost 7 inch tablets, including the fast-selling ASUS made Google Nexus 7.
If rumors are to be believed, the specification on the tablet are at the lower end of the spectrum, which unsurprisingly makes business sense, given the tablets’ targeted selling price. The device is expected to cost around a 100 Euros (approximately $138). The device is rumored to come with an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 1024 x 600 pixel display resolution and would be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is will available in two color options – black and white and in two variants – the model SM-T111 will support 3G connectivity whereas the SM-T110 model will be Wi-Fi only.
The features of the device are reminiscent of the erstwhile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and it almost feels as if Samsung is repackaging an older model with some minor cosmetic variations and a price tag which is 20% less than the previous model. However, Samsung seems to be betting big of the tablet market segment next year and is also rumored to launch a 12.2 inch Samsung Galaxy Note (SM-P900) variant, as well as a 13.3 inch tablet which would support Windows and Android dual-boot.
What needs to be seen though is how successful this strategy of Samsung would be and how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is received in the real world. Your views are most welcome in our comments section below.