Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 Lite targets budget tablet market
MANILA, Philippines - Samsung quietly announced yet another device to its confused tablet lineup last week.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is a thinner version of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 announced in June 2013, but ironically, not lighter. The release is expected to be Samsung’s attempt to capture the budget tablet market.
Side by side with last year’s Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is thinner by 0.2mm but actually a tad bit taller and wider. Samsung says the bezel on the Tab 3 Lite has also been reduced.
Both devices run off the same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Otherwise, the Lite Tab 3 receives less superior specs - a 3,600mAh battery vs the 4,000 mAh battery on the Tab 3 (7.0) and a 2MP rear camera compared the 3MP camera on the Tab 3 (7.0). It also does not have a front-facing camera.
Despite the trade offs, Samsung has built in new software features to compensate for what’s lacking - a new Smile Shot feature, for example, helps selfie-lovers take self portraits with the device's screen facing away from the user.
By trimming down on specs, Samsung should be able to sell the Tab 3 Lite at a more budget-friendly price point. Following the launch of Samsung’s high-end Pro tablet line at CES 2014, the Lite branding could later be used to represent the other side of the spectrum. But pricing and availability information is still unavailable.
For it to be competitive, it would be great to see the Tab 3 Lite priced below the US$150 range. Currently, the Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) retails for $169.99 online. In contrast the recently announced 7.9-inch Acer Iconia A1-830 is expected to be priced at $150. The start of the 7-inch Android tablet space, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet starts at $229 online.
The Tab 3 Lite will be available in black and white and following Samsung's recent design trend also comes with a faux leather-back. - Rappler.com