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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series adds 8-inch, 10.1-inch models

Ready for another wave of Samsung Galaxy Tabs? Great. The South Korean manufacturer announced two new variants this morning, the Galaxy Tab 3 8 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Both are modestly specced – probably to keep costs down – and feature pretty much the same design that we’ve seen from plenty of Samsung devices before.

The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has a resolution of 1280×800 and features a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz. There’s also 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for another 64GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. That’s joined by a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, along with dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS. The tablet is powered by a 4,450mAh battery and comes in around thick.

The larger, 10.1-inch version has similar specs. The display shares the 1280×800 resolution, although the processor sees a slight bump to a 1.6Ghz dual-core model. RAM takes a slight hit, dropping to 1GB, as does the rear camera, taking only 3-megapixel images. There are still 16GB and 32GB storage options, however, and the microSD card slot remains. All the same radios are onboard too, and the battery capacity has a larger 6,800mAh rating.

Interestingly, there’s no mention of exact which processors are powering the tablets. Rumours suggested that the 10.1-inch version would be powered by an Intel Atom processor, but Samsung’s press release doesn’t go into specifics about either tablet. Reuters reports, however, that Intel has definitely scored a partnership with Samsung to power “a new version of one of its top-tier Android tablets.” The clock speed also matches up with benchmarks first spotted by SamMobile a few weeks ago, so Samsung’s latest tablet may indeed have Intel inside.

There’s no word on price or date for either the 8-inch or 10.1-inch model, but we’ll probably find out more at Samsung’s Galaxy and Ativ event on June 20th.


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