Samsung is said to be working on a number of new tablets, one of which has already been confirmed by the VP of the Korean tech giant - Galaxy Note 8.0. The latest information on the tablet suggests that the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini and would be priced in range of $250 to $300 (approx. Rs 14,000 to Rs 16,500).
Additionally, the same Digitimes report states that Samsung is looking to build a 7 inch tablet that will be priced cheaper than Asus made Google Nexus 7. The report claims Samsung will price its 7 inch offering in the range of $149 to $199 (approx. Rs 8,000 to Rs 11,000).
Further, the report also hints that Samsung will be launching a 10.1 inch tablet and all the three devices will be announced in the first half of 2013, which is well ahead before the launch of Apple tablets.
As of now, the specifications of the affordable 7 inch tablet remain unclear, however, the allegations suggest that the device will have a dual core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 512MB/1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and other standard specifications. Moreover, the device will come in only Wi-Fi variant initially with a 3G variant in speculation to launch later. Further, citing an earlier report, the tablet has been codenamed Santos.
If the pricing of the Galaxy Tab 3, which is rumored to be the cheapest Samsung tablet launched so far turns out to be authetic, it can be said that the tablet will be crashing in as a stiff challenger for Nexus 7, which is priced at $199 (approx. Rs 11,000) for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model and $299 (approx. Rs 16,500) for the 32GB Wi-Fi and HSPA+ model.
Speaking of the specifications, Google Nexus 7 sports a 7 inch 10 point multi-touch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution, quad core 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS (upgradeable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean), 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal storage, 1.2MP front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4,325 mAh battery and NFC connectivity.
However, when it comes to the Indian market, Samsung already has a rival to Nexus 7 - Galaxy Tab 2.0, priced at Rs 19,300 with SIM calling facility. Hence, an even more cheaper tablet is assumed by analysts to take over the tablet market.