Samsung has announced a new variant of their Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 specifically designed for schools. The hardware is identical to the regular Tab 3 10.1 except that this edition has NFC on board for easy setup in the classroom, but there are some differences on the software side.
The main difference is that this device has Android 4.4 KitKat installed out of the box. Samsung will likely update their normal Tab 3 line to KitKat, but it’s nice to see a newer tablet come with newer software anyway. The tablet also has integration with Google Play for Education, which is Google’s own curated selection of apps and services for K – 12 classrooms.
This tablet won’t be available for purchase by general consumers, as it will be sold through Samsung’s specialized channels where you’ll have to order in bulk. It’ll be available in April, so we may start seeing them in classrooms by the end of the year. For Samsung’s full press release, check below.
According to a recent report, Samsung is preparing a software update for their Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablets to add multi-user support. Multi-user functionality is supported by Android 4.2, but despite shipping with Android 4.2.2, Samsung did not include this feature on these Galaxy Tab 3 tablets. Screenshots purporting to be from a Galaxy Tab 3 device show the multi-user account function available in Settings.
No information is available concerning other improvements or new features that Samsung may include in the update nor is there any information on an expected date for the update to start rolling out.
In case you’ve forgotten— the latest additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab family are officially here with the arrival of the full Galaxy Tab 3 series of tablets. While each tablet model bears an uncanny resemblance to the Galaxy S 4 per se, the new tablets come in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch varieties— allowing for topnotch flexibility for a wide range of customers by including items such as a built-in IR blaster and expandable memory up to 64GB for each model. Oh and Sammy went ahead and tossed in some nice goodies for added measure:
“In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 family comes with added value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks. Specifically, hundreds of dollars’ worth of content, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of apps, books, movies and music in Google Play; one year of free access to the Boingo Wi-Fi network in North America, including more than 35,000 hotspots in the United States, Canada and Mexico; three months free Hulu Plus service; and two years free Dropbox Service with 50GB storage space.”
Don’t think all of the cool content will cost you a pretty penny either. Samsung is offering some pretty competitive pricing too as the tablets are priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, so the Korean giant is placing a bet that all that nice content and freebies will be enough to woo in customers by the masses.
More deets can be found once you hit the break and check out the full press release.
Samsung just announced the final two variants of the mid-range Galaxy Tab 3 line, the 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions. Other than the display size, the specs of the two devices are pretty close, but not a perfect match. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (pictured above) has a 10.1-inch (1280-800) display, a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 3MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 6,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (pictured below) features an 8-inch (1280 x 800) display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4,450mAh battery, and Android 4.2. Both devices are pretty thin. The 8.0 comes in at 7.4mm thick and the 10.1 comes in at 7.95mm. No word on pricing of exactly when you will be able to buy either tab.
We certainly know that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is very much real and on the way, but it appears that Samsung seems intent on going in a different direction with the tablet by using an Intel-based processor. According to Reuters, Samsung has gone ahead and selected Intel’s Clover Trail+ processor for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, instead of using an ARM-based chip as we’ve previously come to expect. The use of an Intel chip in the upcoming tablet is seen as a major achievement for both companies since Samsung will get to employ the use of a more energy-efficient infrastructure, while Intel secures business from the largest mobile manufacturer in the world— which kinda sorta helps to offset all those losses it has dealt with lately thanks to the tablet business and all.
There is no word on how fast the Intel-based chip will be clocked at, but we’ll find out soon enough once Sammy gives up all the details at its June 20th launch event.
Those of you Sammy stans out there will be excited at the fact that the newest additions to the Galaxy Tab family have been outed for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to the studs at Moveplayer, we now know what the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will look like, as well as some additional details regarding the specs of each device. According to the site, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will come with an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT-LCD display and dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 on-board; the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on the other hand, will likely feature a similar spec sheet— while also addition the expectation of coming in no less than 3 variants and will measure in at 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm.
Samsung hasn’t come out and addressed the latest leak just yet, but all indications point to for formal unveiling and launch of the tablets at a June 20th event.
Samsung is continuing its assault on the market, seemingly throwing devices at consumers only to have money thrown back at them. Recent reports indicate that the company is about to launch two devices in June, which are both expected to have a decent amount of success…
According to a GL Benchmark test, a device with the model number GT-P5200 is going to include a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor working with a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. The GT-P5200 name seems to code for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, as the GT-P5100 was the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
There were reports earlier this month of the same device running a 1.6GHz processor on the AnTuTu Benchmark site, which matches perfectly with the current information. It is rumored that Samsung is working on three variants of this device, one coming with only WiFi capabilities, one with both 3G and WiFi, and another with 4G LTE and WiFi.
We expect the device to launch with a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 by 800 resolution. There’s no word yet on when the new Galaxy Tab will launch, and how much it will cost.
Source: GFX Bench
Samsung already announced the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3, but rumor has it they are working on a 10.1-inch version as well. Further evidence shows it in AnTuTu benchmarks with a model number of GT-P5200. How do we know this is the Galaxy Tab 3? All you have to do is look at the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model number of GT-5100 and you will come to the same conclusion as us. Ironically though, this probably won’t be the final model number when it’s released since Samsung is probably going to go with a different scheme, as in SM-Txxx.
A new report suggests Samsung may be prepping a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Tab 2 models to launch later this year. While we’ve already heard (and seen) a hefty amount of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0, rumors of successors to the company’s cheaper Tab line have been few and far between.
The Korean company is reportedly gearing up to release several tablet models, including the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The more robust 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is also slated to arrive later this year with LTE. There’s no word on a release date, though we’re bound to hear some news at MWC next month.