The on-going battle between Amazon, Google and others in the low-end tablet market hasn’t been lost on Samsung. The Korean electronics maker has just announced the Galaxy Tab 3, which is expected to be priced to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
On paper at least, the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) model is not so different from its predecessor, the $250 Galaxy Tab 2.
There is a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, dual-facing cameras, 1GB of RAM and a slot for a microSD card (which can accommodate up to 64GB of memory, an improvement from 32GB on the previous model).
That is where the similarities end though, with the Galaxy Tab 3 packing a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor (compared to a dual-core 1GHz chipset on the Galaxy Tab 2) and now offering an option for 16GB or 8GB of internal storage. The device also has a smaller bezel than the Galaxy Tab 2 as well as slightly smaller dimensions.
Samsung says that the WiFi-only version will come to market early next month, before being followed by a 3G model, which can also make phone calls, at some point in June.