Last year around November 2013, J.K. Shin, co-chief executive and head of Samsung's mobile business was reportedly quoted saying that the company is planning to take the "next step" and target the tablet market where Apple iPads dominate. Looks like the South Korean head official was quite serious about the statement.
Already Samsung has added four new tablets to its basket of offerings at the recently held tech show CES 2014, and now today, few hours back the world second largest tablet maker has launched its next and latest affordable 7-inch tablet Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.
Talking about the specifications, the newest member of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 comes with a 7-inch display having a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Sadly, the screen resolution is not appealing but under the hood, there is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded via a microSD card slot.
The makers have added a 3,600mAh battery fitted inside, which doesn't seems to be small, but it would be great to see at least 4000mAh battery. However, Samsung says that the users can enjoy up to 8 hours of video play back on a single charge.
Further, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 features a 2MP rear-facing camera without an LED Flash. Moreover, the company has added imaging enhancements (Smile Shot, Shoot & Share and Panorama shot) to make photography more enjoyable. Unfortunately, there no front-facing camera given.
But the tab runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with Samsung customized UI running on the top. Other connectivity features include: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0, GPS, Samsung Apps and more. The tablet weighs 9.7mm in terms of thickness and weighs 310 grams.
Samsung's official press release has not given any information on the pricing or market release, but when available, the device will come in black and white colors.
In the emerging markets like India, where consumers find it tough to shell a premium on a new tablet device, Samsung latest affordable 7-inch tablet comes as a surprise. Since the cheapest Samsung tablet is priced around Rs. 12,000 in India, it naturally exciting to see if the Tab 3 Lite 7.0 to retail for even low.
Surely, Samsung newest Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 seems to be an average tablet , if one takes a look at the specs. However, it should be noted that the device is largely aimed at average consumer's purchasing power like India and China, where buyers would be elated to get Samsung branded tablet around Rs. 8,000. Primarily, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a challenger to dozens of affordable tablets marketed by likes of Micromax, Lava, Zync and Karbonn, amongst others.