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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 10.1 and Mysterious Tablet Rumored for MWC Debut

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In addition to a rumored updated Nexus 10 for Google, Samsung is speculated to deliver its third generation of Galaxy Tab tablets at Mobile World Congress in an effort to compete more effectively against Apple’s iPad tablet. The Galaxy Tab 3 series will encompass two models, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Additionally, a third high-end tablet is also rumored to debut, though details on the third tablet is more scarce.

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab 3 series are codenamed Santos and they will debut with 7-inch and 10.1-inch displays, though the resolution and display types are still unknown at this time. It’s also unclear what processor and clock speed the CPU inside these tablets will use. Rumors speculate that there will be a 3G and WiFi variant of both tablets, and that the device will have a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for picture-taking. Both tablets are expected to be available to consumers in the first half of this year. The Galaxy Tab 2 series was introduced about a year ago at 2012′s Mobile World Congress.

In addition to the Galaxy Tab 3 series, another high-end tablet is also mentioned in the leak with a codename of Roma, which has the model number GT-P8200. It’s unclear what the tablet’s specs will be except that the device will have a 5-megapixel camera and options for either 16 or 32 GB of storage.

Samsung_4If this third tablet does arrive, it will mean that Samsung may have up to three separate tablet ranges–the Galaxy Tab series, the pen-enabled Galaxy Note series, and then this third series. Perhaps Roma may be the updated Nexus 10, or perhaps Samsung will offer its own branded version of the Nexus 10 similar to how LG’s Optimus G is pretty much a mirror of the Nexus 4 smartphone for Google.

And in addition to these slates, Samsung had confirmed that it would deliver yet another tablet to MWC–a Galaxy Note 8.0, which would at least indicate an 8-inch display and an active stylus. The form factor would help Samsung attack Apple’s recently introduced iPad mini while adding more functionality to the form factor.

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4 Comments

  1. Rick Martin

    01/22/2013 at 8:50 am

    Another Android tablet maker making strides to offer quality Android tablets at competitive prices in 2013 is Ainol Electronics — which has previously won runner-up for “Best Tablet of the Year” at CES, and this month has introduced the Novo Quad Core Series of Android tablets– including the Novo 10 Hero II which launched this week — with one U.S. reseller – a site called TabletSprint offering this new model for $239 –

    The Novo 10 Hero II compares and to the Nexus 10 tablet but for considerably less- matching key features, including a Quad Core processor, Android 4.1.1 O/S, a high resolution 1280×800 IPS screen with advanced 10-point multi-touch, 16GB memory, 8000 mAh Battery, and Google Play Store preinstalled– The Novo Hero II also features a front Webcam and 2-Megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, as well as a few innovative features, with an HDMI 1080p port with both HD and the future of media – 4K Output (twice the resolution as 1080p) to download and watch movies directly from a tablet on a large screen TV and also project & play video games on to a big screen — The Hero II also features several ways to connect to the internet that along with WiFi, including Ethernet as well as 3G/4G Wireless connection through its USB port with a 3G/4G USB adapter.

    In February, the Novo 9 Spark is also expected to be released, which will feature a Quad Core processor along with a 9.7 inch 2048×1536 (Retina) screen– and a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 4K Digital HDMI, and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash for $269 at TabletSprint.

    It should be interesting to see how the new Novo Quad Core Series fares this year as this company gains more presence in the tablet market.

  2. Eldritch Gibbous

    01/23/2013 at 10:27 am

    Personally, I’m hoping for a second-generation Note 10.1 with 1920×1200 resolution, like on the Asus Infinity. That would be a good all-around size and resolution for e-reading and movie watching. I don’t think the human eye needs anything better.

  3. Anthony

    01/23/2013 at 10:18 pm

    A little overkill there Samsung. And the Nexus 10 is basically a Galaxy Tab 10.1

  4. Bob

    01/28/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Come out sooner

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