Galaxy Tab 3 311 Launched at Rs 25,725: Should You Consider Samsung 8 Inch tab over iPad Mini?

By Vivek

    Samsung Electronics expanded range of options in its tablet basket with the launch of Galaxy Tab 3 series in India including Tab 3 211, 311 and 310. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch will be available in two variants. The Galaxy Tab 3 311 has 3G (Voice and Data) capability while the Galaxy Tab 3 310 is a WiFi version only. The tablets have been launched at Rs 25,725 and Rs 24,945 respectively. Further, there is also Tab 3 211 is a 7 inch which has been launched at a price of Rs 17,745.


    Announcing the launch, Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and Imaging Business, stated, "Ever since we pioneered the introduction of tablets in India in the year 2010 , we have fuelled the growth of this segment through our innovative Tab portfolio; the most recent being the Note 800 and the Note 510.The Tab 3 series carries forward the Samsung legacy of innovation by offering consumers the benefit of the smartest screen , an unmatched performance , smart usability coupled with a host of applications that allow consumers' to personalize and thereby enrich their experience with the device ."

    The three tablets will be available in the Indian market from this Sunday, that is, July 21. At the same time, they are already available for pre order at Samsing India eStore and Infibeam.

    The Tab 3 311 and 310 range actually seems to be a direct competition against the hot selling iPad Mini variant in the country. Hence, GizBot has come up with a brieft specifications comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and Apple iPad Mini variants. Let's take a look!

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 311 and 310 vs Apple iPad mini 3G and Wi-Fi Only Variant

    Equipped with an 8 inch WXGA display (189 ppi), the GALAXY Tab 3 311 comes with a resolution of 1280 x 800, 7.4mm slimness and weight of 316 gms. It runs on the latest Android Jellybean 4.2 and packs a 1.5GHz Dual Core processor with a 1.5GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16GB internal memory that can be expanded by up to 64GB with MicroSD card and 4450mAh battery. When it comes to connectivity, the 8 inch model will be available in two variants - Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi only.
    The Tab 3 311 3G model is priced at Rs. 25,725 while the WiFi only model comes at a lower price of Rs. 24,945. Also the oringial 3G version has a voice calling options.

    Well both, Tab 3 311 and 310 quite in par with the iPad Mini which is priced in the market at different slots starting at Rs 21,243.

    Talking about specs and features, iPad Mini comes with an 8 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display along with a 16M color depth and 162 ppi pixel density, powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Apple A5 chipset with PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics and iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3.

    Connectivity options include GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB. The iPad mini comes packed with a 5 MP rear camera along with a 1.2 MP front facing camera. Internal storage capacity comes with 16 GB and 32 GB in India with no microSD slot.


    Of course, no manufacturer can beat Apple iPads as far as user experience is concerned. But if your concern is price and Android experience then you may opt the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 311. As iPad Mini Comes 16GB Wi-Fi and Cellular version is priced at Rs. 29,003, which is higher then the recently launched Galaxy Tab.

    But if you wish to go for the Wi-Fi only mode, GizBot would suggest you to g o for the Rs. 21,634 worth iPad Mini 16GB model. However, definitely, the 8 inch Samsung tabs and Apple iPad Mini will now have a head on in the Indian market, as, Samsung has offered the tablets at a lesser price, which is one strong advantage for the company.

    At the same time, the new Galaxy Tab 3 series will come pre-installed with a set of Samsung Smart apps - S Voice 2.0, S Travel, Story Album, S Translator, Multi Window, Pop Up Play, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link and more. Have a look at the features below in the slideshow

    Also the South Korean giant has introduced My Services, which will come pre loaded with a bouquet of services like ‘My Education' , ‘My Offers', ‘My Games' , ‘My Music' and ‘ My Movies'. While ‘My Education' gives consumers access to 2000 e-books , 1000 Learning Videos , educational content for School Children and preparatory material for entrance exams to professional courses , ‘My Offers' makes available at a click of a button , best local offers from 350+ brands and 25000+ merchants in India . 25 Edutainment Games and 20 HD Games are available for the users to download on the Tab 3 Series.

    Click Here For More Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Gallery

    Galaxy Tab 3 311

    The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch will be available in two variants. The GALAXY Tab 3 311 has 3G (Voice and Data) capability while the GALAXY Tab 3 310 is a WiFi version only.



    Galaxy Tab 3 311 Edges

    Making travel and discovery more effortless, the GALAXY Tab 3 311 features S Translator, which provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and ChatON

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

    The MRP of the GALAXY Tab 3 models being launched in India is as follows:

    Tab 3 311 (8") - Rs. 25,725

    Tab 3 310 (8" WiFi only) - Rs. 21,945



    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

    The Samsung Tab 3 Series comes with an introductory offer of 2GB/month data free for 2 months from Vodafone. The offer is valid on the post paid platform .With the launch of the Tab 3 series, Samsung now has a range of 5 tablets, which are available between Rs.17, 745/- to Rs 38,840/-



    Galaxy Tab 3 311

    The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8-inch will be available in two variants. The GALAXY Tab 3 311 has 3G (Voice and Data) capability while the GALAXY Tab 3 310 is a WiFi version only.

    Galaxy Tab 3 311 Features

    This instant translation is possible both from speech-to-text and text-to-speech, ensuring that you can communicate with ease while traveling internationally. Also, with the preloaded TripAdvisor App, users can get information and make reservation of the places classified in various categories such as places, hotels, food and forum, and more.

    Galaxy Tab 3 311 Other features

    Other features include Story Album and Group Play also allow users more ways to instantly share and enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around them.

    Galaxy Tab 3 311 Services

    The Tab 3 comes pre loaded with a bouquet of Services like ‘My Education' , ‘My Offers', ‘My Games' , ‘My Music' and ‘ My Movies'.

    Galaxy Tab 3 311 More Features

    The tablet comes with Multi Window feature which allows the user to work on two Apps simultaneously by splitting the screen into two (like watching a movie & chatting at the same time), "Pop up Video" allows a small video window to be played over any part of the Tab's Menu, "Smart Stay" follows the user's eyes to keep the screen on as long as it is being watched and "Reading Mode" technology optimizes the display to deliver perfect illumination and tone for comfortable paper like readability in a variety of lighting conditions. These features together constitute the smartest screen experience available on a tablet.

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