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Newly revealed Samsung 7in Galaxy Tab 3 to rival iPad mini and Nexus 7

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7in tablet we first got a hint of when it appeared on the company’s Japanese website earlier this month.

The Galaxy Tab 3 appears to be an updated version of the 7in Tab 2, with its competition likely to be Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7. The tablet runs Android 4.1 and is powered by an unnamed 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It comes with two storage options - 8GB and 16GB - and a microSD slot that can upgrade your space by 64GB.

The Galaxy Tab 3’s 7in LCD screen features a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, which is decent enough but doesn’t stand up to the higher resolutions offered by some of its competitors. The tablet has the same 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera as its predecessor. As for connectivity, it will be available in a Wi-Fi-only version and a Wi-Fi + 3G version.

Samsung has been vague about pricing and availability, saying only that the Wi-Fi-only edition will debut in global markets and be followed by the 3G-enabled variant in June.

“The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually,” Samsung added in a press release.