The brilliant range of Tablet PCs from Samsung just got better following the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.
This is the third generation of the 7 inch Tablet PCs from Samsung. This tablet was launched just 12 months after the second-generation device – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – came into the market. There are some key elements that make the new generation tablet significantly greater and also in tune with the latest demands.
The biggest difference between the two generations in terms of design lies in the bezel thickness. This is almost non-existent on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. The device thus features a significant reduction in overall dimensions despite featuring the same 7 inch display as the previous model. Samsung has also reduced the thickness of the device to just 9.9 mm from the 10.5 mm of the previous generation model. The overall savings in terms of the size mean that the tablet is also just 306 g in weight.
This also means appreciable savings since the previous generation device came in at 345 g.
One aspect that still remains consistent in the two devices is the screen size and resolution. Both are identical at 7 inches and 1024 x 600 pixels respectively. The lack of improvement in resolution may be disappointing for some users, but given the overall price of the device, this may be seen as an acceptable aspect. The PLS LCD screen has been replaced by the TFT display in the new model.
A major difference between the two phones comes about in the internal memory aspect. The variants of 8 GB and 16 GB internal memory still remain in both devices, but Samsung has removed the 32 GB option in the third-generation product. This is expected to keep costs low, but in order to satisfy the memory needs of the latest generation users, the company has expanded the support to memory cards from 32 GB to 64 GB in the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.
Only a slight improvement has been made with regard to the processing speed of the device. Compared to the dual core 1 GHz processor in the previous generation model, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a 1.2 GHz processor from the A9 range. It also uses a different configuration for the graphics processing unit. Since the RAM remains the same 1 GB, multitasking performance is unlikely to change. The company has added features like a powerful 1.3 megapixel front facing camera in order to help take great looking self-pictures.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 used only a VGA camera for this purpose.
Since majority of the tablet remains the same in aspects like processing speed and display size, it is not surprising to see that Samsung has not improved the battery. It remains the same 4000 mAh unit that powered the previous generation device.
Priced at $170, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a value for money proposition even though it is almost 2 years old. The much newer Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is available at around $180 for the 8 GB version.
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