New Galaxy Tab 3 Line & Nexus 7 Refresh Coming Out

New Samsung Tablets

Tab 3 slidedeckSamsung's Galaxy Tab 3 lineup launches in the US tomorrow, July 7th, with three screen sizes (7, 8 and 10.1 inches) available from retailers including Amazon,  Best Buy, and Fry’s. The new tablets are priced at $199, $299 and $399 for the Galaxy Tab 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1, respectively.  The company is designing its tablets to look more like its popular Galaxy phones in the anticipation of boosting crossover tablet sales.

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

galaxytab3-tab-3-8-sidematThe 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is an Android 4.2.2 based tablet with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 5MP auto-focus camera. This new tablet is very thin, light, and features a very thin bezel, making it easy to hold. Included is Adapt Display, allowing for screen fine-tuning capabilities, plus Reading Mode (available in some apps), that can make text easier to read.

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

galaxytab3-tab-3-10.1-sideThe largest tablet in the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 line, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, closely resembles the 7- and 8-inch versions, but the Home button on the bottom bezel provides for a "landscape-centered" orientation.  The specs of the new tablet are sub par in comparison with top, high-performing Android tablets.

New Google 7-inch Tablet

nexus-7-mediaAlthough no official word yet, the Google Nexus 7 Gen 2 reportedly will be coming to market at the end of this month.  Rumored to have a 7-inch 1980 x 1200 LED display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, this second generation 7 inch Google tab should, once again, separate the Nexus 7 from most or the other similar sized and priced Android Tablets on the market.


Nexus 7 GEN II (2)

Nexus 7 GEN 2





A refresh of the popular Nexus 7 is on its way, according to unofficial reports. The 2013  7 inch Google-branded tab will reportedly ship with Android 4.3.  The original Nexus 7 came out July 2012, followed four months later by the Nexus 10 Tablet. No word yet on if the 10-inch device will be refreshed. Although the 7-inch Google Tab has been a hit, sales of the 10-inch model have reportedly been quite low since its introduction.

Upcoming New Tablets from Samsung (Galaxy Tab 3 line) and Google (Nexus 7 II) will be available very soon. Tomorrow, in fact, (July 7) for Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab lineup of 3 different sized tablets. Although Google has remained mum so far regarding a Nexus 7 Gen2 (Generation II),strong indications are that the company will be coming out with the new model by the end of this month. Google had released the original Google Nexus 7 about this time last year.Galaxy-Tab-3-Nexus-7-2013

Unlike last year, however, besides the iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung’s and Google’s upcoming 2013 tablets will be competing with an onslaught of new Android Tablets as well as a growing array of Windows 8 Tablets, including Win8 Tabs from Acer, Dell, Levono and others.

Three Sizes, Prices: Samsung Galax Tab 3 

Samsung’s New Tablet line includes the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a compact size and lightweight design featuring a 7-inch, 1024×600 resolution TFT display. It’s outfitted with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, a 3-megapixel back-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor. It has 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion). Price: $199Galaxy-Tab-3-8.0

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is being positioned to compete in the e-reader as well as tablet markets. This tab features “reading mode” technology that provides “paperlike readability in various lighting conditions.” It comes with a 1280×800 resolution display (PLS), 5-megapixel back-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1.5 GB ram and a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.2. Base model has 16 GB internal storage.  Price: $299

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 also has a 1,280×800-pixel resolution display (PLS) and runs Android 4.2. It’s further powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU (Intel’s new Atom Z2560 chipset), and has 1GB of RAM. It includes 16GB of storage, IR Blaster, a micro SD expansion slot and, like the other two in the new Galaxy line, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. Price: 399 Pre-release reviews of the new tabs have been mixed, especially the 10.1, with some early reviewers citing dissatisfaction with the low resolution display for the money.


Google Nexus 7, 2nd Generation
Although the company has not publicly released any information, Google’s high-res (323 pixel density) Nexus 7, second generation tablet, is anticipated to be released (or at least announced) by the end of this month.

Mingchi Keo, KGI securities analyst reported (source: AppleInsider) that it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 1920 x 1200 7-inch display, 5 megapixel camera for the same price as the original version that came out about this time last year. $199. Sources have told Reuters that Google is aiming to ship as many as eight million of the 7-inch tablets in the second half of the year.

Besides its retina-quality display, sources also says that the new Google tab will be sized very close to or possibly smaller than Apple’s iPad Mini. $199 is far less than Apple’s entry point with its mini at $329. And with its higher resolution screen, better cameras, and larger storage, it’s hard to imagine the new Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 offering any serious competition to the new gen2 Google 7-inch tablet, unless Samsung drops the price significantly and quickly. The generation 1 Nexus 7, however, has lately been receiving reports of a downgrade in performance following extended us, so stay tuned.

Update: New Nexus 7, 2nd Generation a Winner.

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