Samsung adds Galaxy Tab 3 to ever-growing Android line-up

Samsung has announced its third generation Galaxy Tab tablet, which packs minor hardware upgrades and the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy Tab 3 packs the same display as its predecessor in the form of the 7in WSVGA with a 1024 x 600 resolution. However, the firm has shaved off 0.5mm from the chassis and dropped 40g of weight.

Samsung upgraded the chip form a 1GHz dual-core to a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which the firm claims will provide faster application and internet performance.

The firm has also stuck with 1GB of RAM and the choice of 8/16GB of internal memory, but the microSD slot has been boosted to now accept storage cards up to 64GB in size.

Connectivity will include WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as a USB 2 port.

Samsung has also included a 3-megapixel rear camera and upgraded the front-facing camera to 1.3-megapixels.

Battery life is expected to be the same as the Galaxy Tab 2 (around the six hour mark) because Samsung has included the same 4,000mAh pack inside the third generation.

Samsung will ship the Wi-Fi edition of the Galaxy Tab 3 in May and a 3G model will follow in June. There is no word on pricing at present.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.