For an entry-level, low-cost tablet that was always bound to look pretty much the same as last year’s underwhelming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, the GTab 3 Lite sure enjoyed plenty of attention from new media outlets in the weeks leading up to its official announcement.
But now the thing is out and about, at least in Poland (of all places), so let’s tone it down a notch, shall we? After all, it’s really a carbon copy of the [easyazon-link asin=”B00D02AG7C” locale=”us”]Tab 3 7.0[/easyazon-link]. Sure, the design is touched up a bit, with a slightly slimmer profile than before, at 9.7 mm, but at the same time the battery is skinnier, at 3,600 mAh, and rear-facing camera more modest, touting a sub-par 2 MP sensor.
Then you have a dual-core 1.2 GHz Marvell CPU, Vivante GC1000 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB built-in storage and microSD support, plus a, pardon my French, crappy 7-inch 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution panel. On the software side of things, the Tab 3 Lite marginally raises the ante, to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the connectivity options include Wi-Fi and optional 3G.
Outed by way of an unexpected user manual posting, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite appears to be available already via one or two Polish retailers (though it’s likely not shipping yet), for the equivalent of $165 with Wi-Fi and roughly $260 in a 3G-enabled version. Thanks, but no thanks, Samsung.
Via [Phone Arena]