After being rumoured on several occasions, Samsung has finally unveiled its Galaxy Tab 3 series tablets, 8in and 10.1in followed by the announcement of a 7in version. Both the 8in and 10in variants of the Galaxy Tab 3 support LTE network speeds and are equipped with enhanced content and intuitive design while delivering clear viewing experience and sharing content.
Samsung did not cater details on the retail price but promised that the tablets will enter the global market in the beginning of June.
IBTimes UK brings out a detailed features comparison of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Google's 10in Nexus branded tablet, dubbed as Nexus 10.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Display
Samsung's newest Galaxy Tab 3 features a 10.1in display as opposed to the 10in display of Google's Nexus tablet.
Although, the display size of both tablets is similar but the key difference in terms of screen technology is Samsung's Galaxy Tab features a WXGA (Wide Extended Graphics Array) TFT display having screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels giving it a pixel density of 149 pixels per inch (ppi). The Nexus 10, in contrast, has a WQXGA (Wide Quad Extended Graphics Array, with four times pixels more than WXGA) display with resolution measuring 2560 x 1600 pixels and pixel density at 300ppi.
The 10in version of Galaxy Tab 3 does not mark any major improvement with similar resolution as well as pixel density like its predecessor, Galaxy tab 2 10.1. However, Samsung boasts the Tab 3, which combines sleek design and enhanced multimedia capabilities, is ideal for everyday use and promises clear viewing experience.
The WQXGA True Real Stripe PLS display of Nexus 10 is said to carrying more than four million pixels for sharp, clear and vivid viewing.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Dimensions
The Tab 3 10.1 is 243.1mm tall by 176.1mm wide by 7.95mm thick. As for the physical dimensions, the Nexus 10 is slightly larger and wider than the Galaxy tablet. But the Tab 3 is thinner than the Nexus 10 featuring a thickness of 7.95 only. Besides, the Galaxy tablet is approximately 93g lighter than Google's Nexus tablet, weighing just 510g only.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95mm
Nexus 10: 263.8 x 177.8 x 8.9mm
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Operating System
Interestingly, both the 10in tablets have been launched with the latest Jelly Bean software, Android 4.2 which integrates several new goodies and brings significant improvements over the previous Android 4.1 version. The key features of Android 4.2 include the camera app called Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing (allows users to glide fingers over the letters they want to type on the keyboard while increasing the typing speed), Daydream, enhanced Google Now, Google Search and Android Beam. The latest Jelly Bean version also adds support for wireless display allowing users to share movies, YouTube videos and other video and images on their TVs.
The Nexus 10 is currently running on slightly upgraded version, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which Google rolled out to its Nexus devices in February fixing the bug issues spotted in the previous build.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Processor and RAM
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is powered with a dual-core processor with each core running at clock speeds up to 1.6GHz.
Followed by Samsung's official announcement of Tab 3 series tablets, Intel Corporation confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is equipped with Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor. Additionally, the device will feature either Intel's XMM 6262 3G model solution or Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE solution.
The dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor, as claims made by Intel, provides double the compute performance and three times graphics capabilities along with competitive battery life when compared to the previous Intel Atom processor line-ups.
The Nexus 10, on the contrary, uses Exynos 5250 chip featuring a dual-core Cortex-A15 processing unit with each core running at clock speeds up to 1.7GHz, paired with Mali-T604 graphics unit. According to benchmark tests (CPU and GPU), the Nexus 10 has been proven to be delivering faster performance and better graphics capability.
The Nexus 10 has 2GB of RAM against the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which comes with 1GB of RAM.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Camera
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a three megapixels rear-facing camera which is capable of capturing 720p video at 30 frames per second (fps). The tablet also features a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
As far as the camera feature is concerned, the Nexus 10 is winner in this aspect beating the Galaxy Tab 3. It comes with a higher resolution rear-camera of five megapixels which records 1080p video at 30 fps. The device has a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera which allows users to video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google+ Hangouts functionality.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Connectivity
The Nexus 10 offers 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and dual-side NFC. It also supports advanced MIMO Wi-Fi technology which offers web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than regular Wi-Fi.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi channel bonding, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP.
The major difference in terms of connectivity is Samsung's Galaxy tablet supports 4G LTE network speeds whereas the Nexus 10 does not.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Storage
Both the 10in tablets come in two storage variants: 16GB and 32GB. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 supports microSD card for additional storage up to 64GB whereas the Nexus 10 does not offer the storage feature.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10: Battery
The Nexus 10 runs with a huge battery of 9,000mAh which stores approximately 2,200mAh more power than the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which uses 6,800mAh battery.