Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Spotted Ahead of MWC Launch

It looks like Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy Tab 3 series, which comprises of rumored 10.1- and 7-inch slates, as the tablet has been spotted in photos along with the packaging before the device’s announcement at the end of February at MWC. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 would be third generation slates that would compete against the Apple iPad and Google’s own branded Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. Samsung also has a pen-enabled premium line of tablets running Google’s Android OS called the Galaxy Note, but that range is priced higher than the more affordable Galaxy Tab range.

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Images of the Galaxy Tab 3 were spotted over at PhoneArena ahead of Samsung’s official unveiling. From the pictures, it looks like the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 was photographed.

GalaxyTab3-Leak-02-580-90According to that publication, it’s been reported that Samsung may only be debuting the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 as the 7-inch version may have been cancelled from retail consideration. At one point before, it was speculated that Samsung may release a much more affordable 7-inch tablet that would be priced even lower than Google’s $200 Nexus 7 tablet. It’s unclear if those plans are for the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 or if it’s for an entirely separate tablet.

From a design perspective, what we see here looks to be an evolution of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with front-mounted side speakers when the tablet is held in landscape orientation. Those slates were announced at Mobile World Congress last year.

In addition to the Galaxy Tab 3 series, Samsung has also confirmed that it would be showing a Galaxy Note 8.0 at MWC. That tablet will, like the Galaxy Note 2 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, will have a digitizing pen for more accurate input. This would be great for note-takers and artists, and the tablet is rumored to be positioned to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad mini tablet, which has a 7.9-inch display.

It’s unclear if the Galaxy Note 8.0 would be a tablet, as its size would imply, or if it will be an uber-large phablet as it’s been rumored to be able to make calls and the button placement is more akin to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2’s design.

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