If you thought Samsung was done announcing products for a moment after the Galaxy S 4, think again. This week, Samsung unveiled the next entry in their budget-friendly 7-inch tablet line: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.
Compared to previous models the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 looks thoroughly disappointing, at least on paper. The product information sheet on Samsung Mobile’s website leaves some questions to be answered when it comes to the processor and GPU; what is listed is nothing to get excited over. What’s pushing the Tab’s the 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 3-megapixel rear camera is a lowly 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor — clocked only slightly higher than the dual-core TI-OMAP found in the Galaxy Tab 2.
Thankfully, a benchmark listing on GLBenchmark has shed some light on that dual-core processor powering the Tab 3, and detailed how it stacks up against the Tab 2 as well. According to the benchmark listing, the Tab 3 is using a Marvell PXA986 paired with Vivante GC1000 GPU. The thought here is that by looking to Marvell, Samsung will be able to keep the cost down while still improving performance. In every category benchmarked the Tab 3 shows nearly double the performance of its predecessor. This performance boost, along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, should make the Galaxy Tab 3 feel like quite the capable tablet.
If you can look past the screen resolution, the Galaxy Tab 3 is already shaping up to be surprisingly impressive. There are quite a few people out there who like TouchWiz, and if rumors of a $150 price tag prove true, the Tab 3 could turn out to be a successful little tablet.