Just like the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, I have been disappointed by the launch of the Galaxy Tab 3, the follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 2. The latter was launched at Mobile World Congress last year, a whopping 14 months ago and it’s worth having a look back at the press release sent that day to decipher Samsung’s current entry level tablet strategy.
Between then and now, there’s another product that was launched and which, overnight, changed the way business is done at the lower end of the market.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet offered an unbeatable value-for-money at £159, immediately pilling pressure on the likes of the Galaxy Tab 2 which comes with a similar price tag but generally inferior hardware.
Fast forward to the launch of the Galaxy Tab 3 and one can guess that Samsung did the strict minimum (just like Apple with the iPhone 5) to keep its fan base happy. The GT3 is a minor evolution of the GT2, nothing more.
The former has a slightly faster dual-core processor (1.2GHz vs. 1GHz), a better front-facing camera, a thinner profile, a few grams less and some added functionalities like a newer version of Android and a 3G version which seems to have been introduced ahead of the launch of Asus’ Fonepad (whether you will be able to make calls remain to be seen).