Samsung to launch three new Galaxy Tab 3 tablets on July 7th


BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhuanet) — Samsung has announced the launch dates and prices for three new Galaxy Tab 3 tablets: in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch screen sizes.

All three tablets will start arriving in the U.S. on July 7, with Samsung starting to accept pre-orders Tuesday. The models sold in the U.S. will be Wi-Fi-only, with no cellular capability.

The specs vary a lot. The 7-inch, priced at 199 dollars, has a 1.2-GHz dual-core Marvell processor, a 1,024-by-600 screen and Android 4.1. There’s a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front.

The 8-inch model, priced at 299 U.S. dollars, steps up to Android 4.2 and uses a more mainstream 1.5-GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor. This unit has a 1,280-by-800 screen, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera, along with 16GB of storage.

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 model, priced at 399 dollars, uses a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z2560 “Clover Trail+” processor, and it’ll be the first Intel Android device released in the U.S.

All the Tabs will have an IR blaster with Samsung’s WatchOn software, which functions as both a live TV guide and a way to search streaming shows. They’ll also support Group Play, which lets several Samsung devices act as multiple speakers for the same music or videos, as well as Wi-Fi Direct file transfer.