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Samsung Creating a Galaxy Tab 3 for Kids

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Samsung is launching a version of its 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3 for kids next month.

Parents desperately wanting to pry kids off their tablets can look no further than Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 designed specifically for adolescents. The specs aren't too bad either given the target audience, sporting a 7 inch WSVGA TFT screen (1024 x 600, 170 ppi), a dual-core 1.2 GHz SoC and Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean." The banana-yellow form factor looks rather rugged too, perfect for tantrums and slippery fingers.

"It's no secret that kids are using technology more than ever before," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. "We saw an opportunity to create a device just for kids that provides them with an intuitive, fun and kid-friendly user experience filled with rich, interactive and educational content that parents will love."

The kid-focused tablet is expected to arrive in Korea sometime in early September, followed by China, Europe, U.S., Africa, South America, and South East Asia. It will come pre-loaded with a brand new Kid's Store focused on "driving the educational possibilities of technology for kids." Additional pre-loaded content will span educational, games, entertainment and e-book apps that can be managed by parents through the tablet's built-in Application Manager.

"Developed with kids' best interests at the forefront, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also includes a Time Management feature that allows parents to set specific time periods for use," the company said. "When the designated use time is up, a password protected lock screen appears, requiring a parent or adult to enter the password to unlock the device. This tool will help parents ensure the time their children spend on smart devices is balanced."

As previously stated, the hardware specs consist of a 7 inch screen powered by a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. The tablet will also include a 1.3MP camera on the front and a 3MP camera on the back, dual-band Wireless N connectivity (WiFi Channel bonding, WiFi Direct), Bluetooth 3.0, a micro USB 2.0 port, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32 GB of storage, and 8 GB of internal storage. The device will be powered by a standard Li-ion 4,000 mAh battery.

The tablet's rugged look will actually be enhanced by an optional orange-colored "Kids Case" featuring a child-friendly grip and an easy-grip C Pen (sorry kids, no S Pen for you) for "fun drawing capabilities" that doesn't involve marking on walls and all over Dad's paperwork. The company will also provide multiple stand options so energetic, anxious little busybodies can entertain themselves without having to actually hold the device.

Currently, Samsung hasn't provided a price, so expect additional news sometime next month.

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    Maygentria , August 28, 2013 7:10 PM
    We shouldn't be encouraging kids to be glued to screens at such a young age, it can't be healthy behaviour at such a young age.
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    nevilence , August 28, 2013 7:19 PM
    its not healthy for any age, but this is the age we live in
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    halcyon , August 28, 2013 7:38 PM
    I can't see my 3yr old (avatared) going from his ipad 3 to this. More options.
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    Grandmastersexsay , August 28, 2013 9:24 PM
    Android lacks the iphones guided access which is awesome for kids. You can basically lock the home button, touch screen, rotate, ect. and any combination there of. I haven't found any app close to it for android. Until that gets sorted out, I wouldn't waste my money on this. You will be wasting all your time setting their movie or game back up. Might as well just use your own tablet.
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    jhansonxi , August 28, 2013 10:12 PM
    I would like to see a water resistant design.
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    BranFlake5 , August 29, 2013 3:34 PM
    I always knew the Tab 3 was a toy... But really why is the market preying on children now. Cigarette companies do the same (to teens) so they get addicted and spend money in the business. Just ridiculous. And parents who buy this are irresponsible.
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    ngbox , August 30, 2013 8:06 AM
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    Billy_Brown_09 , September 3, 2013 8:28 PM
    I can't wait to get my little girl the <a href="">Galaxy Tab 3 Kids</a>