The market for kids’ tablets isn’t exactly flourishing, but it’s definitely there. Companies like Nabi make some pretty impressive tablets for kids, and it looks like Samsung is joining in.
It's no secret that kids are using technology more than ever before. We saw an opportunity to create a device just for kids that provides them with an intuitive, fun and kid-friendly user experience filled with rich, interactive and educational content that parents will love.JK ShinCEO of Samsung Electronics
Their new tablet is called the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, and as you guessed, it’s based on the Galaxy Tab 3, specifically the 7-inch model. It will have a rubber bumper around it for protection, a 1024 x 600 resolution, dual core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1, 3MP rear camera with 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of memory with microSD slot and a 4,000 mAh battery. Specs don’t matter to a child, but they may to an Android enthusiast parent!
Instead of running stock Android or even TouchWiz, Samsung has developed an entirely new user interface for kids. It will come with a custom app store for kids and a time management feature to only allow a certain amount of use per day. It will also come pre-loaded with plenty of educational content, games and even books.
Samsung will also offer a special case called the Kids Case with its own stand designed for little hands. This case will come with a C Pen, which is a thin tipped stylus for drawing on the tablet.
This tablet will launch in their home country of South Korea in early September, then proceed to launch in other countries including Europe and the US. No price is currently stated, but expect it to be around the $200 mark, just like its more mature brother. Maybe they’ll drop the price for kids. Who knows?
But it definitely begs the question: Does a child need a tablet? A few years ago, I would have said absolutely not. But times have changed. A tablet can be an excellent educational tool, and a properly software-optimized one can really help any child learn. Could a tablet really be the new Barbie? And is that a good thing?