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Rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Tablet to Sport High-Res Nexus 10 Display

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A leaked Samsung tablet with the model number GT-P8200 has now appeared and the mystery slate is rumored to be called the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus when it gets unveiled at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. The announcement date is still uncertain, and for the most part a lot of the tablet’s details are still speculative at this point.

The Plus-moniker tablet may get announced alongside the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which will carry the same 1280 X 800-pixel resolution on a 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s been a part of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. The Galaxy Tab 3 Plus’ model number is also present on Samsung’s website on the .xml file.

samsung_logo3According to Phone Arena, the tablet has recently appeared in benchmarks with specs that indicate it will have a dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 processor and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Benchmarks place the tablet in close performance to that of the Nexus 10.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Plus will be the flagship tablet of the Galaxy Tab lineup as the device is rumored to have the same 2560 X 1600-pixel resolution display. The high resolution screen first debuted on Samsung’s Google-branded Nexus 10 tablet.

At this point, pricing for the Plus tablet is not known. The 16 GB Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model, for comparison, costs around $300; the tablet initially launched at $400 and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 may launch at around that price point. The Google-branded Nexus 10 that’s also made by Samsung currently retails for $400 for the 16 GB WiFi-only model.

In addition to the Galaxy Tab lineup for tablets, Samsung also makes the more premium Galaxy Note tablets. The Note line includes phablets–such as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, which are products that are bigger than traditional smartphones and carry phone capabilities while still being more portable than larger tablets–along with more traditional tablets like the Galaxy Note 10.1. The company has also confirmed that it intends on introducing a Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet as well, which will also support a digitizer pen for input, to compete against Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini tablet. The 10.1-inch Note starts at $500 for the base 16 GB model.

It’s unclear if the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus will be priced at the same price as the Nexus 10 or if it will be closer in price to the Galaxy Note 10.1 given its more premium display.

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