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Samsung Intros Galaxy Tab 3 "Lite" Tablet

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Here's a new "lite" version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7-inch tablet.

Samsung is expanding its lineup of tablets with a new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 "Lite" model, which combines the best of the previous full-fledged model with a slimmer, more portable design. This model is also packed with enhanced features and services, making this a great gadget to spend those unused holiday gift cards on.

According to the new dimensions, the "lite" tablet measures 116.4 x 193.4 x 9.7 mm and weighs 310 grams, whereas the previous tablet measures 111.1 x 188 x 9.9 mm and weighs 306 grams. So while the new tablet is 0.2 mm thinner and has a more compact bezel, the device weighs a little more.

On a hardware side, the specs look to be quite similar. Based on the provided list, this new model sports a 3,600 mAh battery promising up to eight hours, whereas the non-lite model has a Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. The 1.3MP camera on the front also seems to have been ripped out, and the camera on the back reduced from 3.15MP to 2MP.

Otherwise, the specs look nearly identical, with a 7-inch screen sporting a 1024 x 600 resolution and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor powering the device. There's also only 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, leaving customers depending on the microSD card slot to store their music and other media on a card up to 32 GB.

Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" is the OS of choice, giving owners full access to Google's services like Play Movies, Play Books and so on. There's also Samsung's own apps and Samsung Link for sharing and playing content across smart devices. The menu bar is situated on the device's bezel, rather than on the screen, in order to maximize the Galaxy Tab3 Lite's wide screen experience.

"Packed with enhanced features and services, the Galaxy Tab3 Lite (7") provides users a variety of ways to capture, view, listen, create, and share content with others without compromising value," reads the company's press release.

Samsung did not provide availability and pricing, so stay tuned.

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    Estix , January 16, 2014 2:01 PM
    Maybe I'm wrong, but looking at it, this device barely competes with a first-generation Kindle Fire in terms of specs... It had better be priced VERY aggressively if Samsung wants to sell a lot of them...
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    fyend , January 16, 2014 2:05 PM
    Galaxy Tab 3 "Shite" edition.
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    john768 , January 16, 2014 2:20 PM
    Samsung's high end products are great but there low to mid ranged products are garbage. They need to stop using the "Galaxy" brand on everything they release or the name will lose all it's value. People will buy this thinking since it has galaxy in the name so it's going to be a decent tablet. This leads to people just jumping ship from android and Samsung to IOS.
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    vmem , January 16, 2014 3:31 PM
    lame
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    g-unit1111 , January 16, 2014 4:13 PM
    Quote:
    Samsung's high end products are great but there low to mid ranged products are garbage. They need to stop using the "Galaxy" brand on everything they release or the name will lose all it's value. People will buy this thinking since it has galaxy in the name so it's going to be a decent tablet. This leads to people just jumping ship from android and Samsung to IOS.


    I have a Tab 3 and it's a very nice little tablet. Sure it's no Nexus 7 but I love the extremely portable size and that I can take it anywhere, plus it has 4G cellular capability - something my Dell Venue 8 doesn't.
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    orbitron , January 16, 2014 4:18 PM
    8GB of Storage but 5GB usable. They really need to get rid off those unwanted apps. Or they should have an option for customers to uninstall those garbage. And they need to move the speakers to the front. You almost can't hear anything if you are using it outdoor. If they fix all of those, I might buy it.
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    john768 , January 16, 2014 6:25 PM
    Quote:
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    Samsung's high end products are great but there low to mid ranged products are garbage. They need to stop using the "Galaxy" brand on everything they release or the name will lose all it's value. People will buy this thinking since it has galaxy in the name so it's going to be a decent tablet. This leads to people just jumping ship from android and Samsung to IOS.


    I have a Tab 3 and it's a very nice little tablet. Sure it's no Nexus 7 but I love the extremely portable size and that I can take it anywhere, plus it has 4G cellular capability - something my Dell Venue 8 doesn't.


    Then why not get the nexus 7 lte? The samsung is only better if you need a micro sd card slot.
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    outlw6669 , January 16, 2014 10:40 PM
    "Slimmer, more portable design"??Other than being 0.2mm thinner (woo -_-), it is larger in every way with a smaller battery and a terribly low resolution.Not really worth looking at when there are so many high quality and spec tablets at low price points.
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    amdfangirl , January 17, 2014 12:26 AM
    Marketing is when the lite version of a product weighs 4 grams more than the previous version.
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    shaun_shaun , January 17, 2014 9:32 AM
    another unnecessary edition .. still my tab 2 7 running strong.. now with CM 11 (android 4.4.2)
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    Alibaba88 , January 17, 2014 10:31 AM
    Whyyyyy, sorry... WHYYYYYYYYYYY?! Who on earth comes up with this stuff... Worse yet, people might actually buy this haha. And let's be honest, it won't be competitively priced either.
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    g-unit1111 , January 17, 2014 10:44 AM
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    Then why not get the nexus 7 lte? The samsung is only better if you need a micro sd card slot.


    Because my carrier doesn't have the Nexus 7 as an option. Believe me I would if they did.