T-Mobile has at last started rolling out the pretty hefty, much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 over-the-air (OTA) update to all its carrier-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 3’s located in the United States. The upgrade brings the latest build of KitKat to the slate, complete with a multitude of additional bug fixes and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units.
When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10.
Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?
Samsung announced on Monday that they’re GamePad is now available in select European markets. To coincide with the launch, Samsung is launching a Game Edition of their Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As the GamePad itself is geared to smaller devices (4-6.3 inches) over an 8-inch tablet, the package will come with an HDMI adapter so that you can plug the tablet into your TV. That way, you can game on the big screen.
No word on pricing just yet, but given that the GamePad on its own is €79.90 ($109.17) the bundle may come with a premium price tag. No word on when this will reach American shores, but those of you in Europe, get ready to game on the go.
source: All About Samsung
You know you’ve always wanted a Hello Kitty Edition Samsung Galaxy Tab. No? Well, Samsung is prepping just that, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Hello Kitty Edition. It’s the exact same hardware as the Galaxy Tab we’ve grown to love, but with a Hello Kitty logo on the back and on the home button. Also, the device comes preloaded with Hello Kitty wallpapers, content, and launcher theme.
As a refresher, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600) display, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB on built-in storage, a microSD slot, 4,000mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Hello Kitty variant is expected to launch in Japan about three weeks from now for €229, or around $310.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be launching on Sprint later this week. Coming with it is an incredibly low price. Samsung’s compact tablet will cost just $49.99 with a new two-year contract. While the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is no Nexus 7, it should be appealing for fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz or their reasonable pace of updates.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 packs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Samsung is clearly going the budget route with these specs as they’re nothing to write home about. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release.
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.
Although not generating any recent buzz as a leader in the mobile chip market, Intel is rattling things up a bit as Intel Korea’s CEO Lee Hee-sung came out with some comments in a recent interview about increasing aggressiveness in the mobile device field. The current target of Intel’s partnership efforts is Samsung, which has started advertising their upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 devices with Intel chips.
In anticipation for the U.S. release of the newest line of Galaxy Tabs, Samsung sent out a press release promoting their newest devices, set for launch on July 7th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. While highlighting the different hardware features on each tablet, Samsung makes light of why this new line of tablets will be something you’ll want to write home about. Check out the full press release after the break.