We’d been hearing rumors about a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for a long time and when Samsung finally, officially announced the tablet last week, it’s safe to say that some of us were a little confused. Certainly, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite cuts a number of corners to push the price down but, the Galaxy Tab 3 itself wasn’t all that impressive. Needless to say though, this 7-incher is all about getting Samsung tablets into the hands of those that can’t afford the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – or any other Galaxy Tab, for that matter – and the specs looked like it was going to achieve such a thing. Well, the device is now up for pre-order in Russia, and it might not end up being all that cheap at all.
The WiFi version of the device is up for pre-order in Russia for 6490 rubles, which works at around $205, with the 3G + WiFi version costing 9990 rubles which works at around $295. Of course, these are just conversions and devices such as these cost a little more in Russia, however these aren’t very “lite” prices. Hopefully though, these prices will come down when other retailers start selling the tablet and we’re pretty sure that elsewhere in the world, pricing will be a little different.
Still, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite remains something of a head-scratcher, even for emerging markets that are ripe for a device like this. For once, Samsung is facing fierce competition when it comes to affordable tablets. With homegrown manufacturers and brands in places like India and China making devices that outstrip the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for what could end up being less, it’s hard to see this becoming a success for Samsung. Then again, it also doesn’t look like Samsung much cares whether or not the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite takes off. The Korean giant is more interested in pushing devices like the Galaxy Tab Pro line and of course, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones lines. For the most part, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite could just end up being a foot in the door for Samsung’s tablets in emerging markets, what do you think? Let us know in the comments and over on Google+!