Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Key Difference: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is named after the 10.1-inch screen that is offered on the device. The device comes with the same resolution as its 8-inch counterpart, which reduces its ppi density to 149 ppi. The device will be powered by 1.6 GHz dual core Atom processor provided by Intel and will offer 1 GB RAM. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor.

 

Samsung has taken a very innovative approach to try and cater every customer in the market. The company’s approach includes releasing one model and then releasing variations of that same model. Following the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (7-inch) and Tab 3 8.0 (8-inch), the company has announced the launch of Tab 3 10.1 (10.1-inch). This particular Tab also comes in three different models that further try to please its many customers in the market. One model is basic Wi-Fi and does not offer any GSM support; the second model offers 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi support, while the third model offers 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. This approach allows users to spend on what they need.

 

The Tab 3 10.1 is named after the 10.1-inch screen that is offered on the device. The device comes with the same resolution as its 8-inch counterpart, which reduces its ppi density to 149 ppi. The tablet comes in the same polycarbonate that is found on the Galaxy phones and has a thick white bezel on the front. The screen has a hardware home button flanked by two capacitive buttons for Back and Menu. In landscape mode, the top of the device has the speaker and the mic. There is nothing else on the front. The sides have a metal band and also various ports including the volume rocker, microSD card slot and the charging port. The back of the device has the Samsung logo above which the rear camera is placed.

 

The company has added certain extra features in the 10.1 inch but has also slashed a bunch of high-end features. All three models will be available with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean that will be customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX UI. The device will be powered by 1.6 GHz dual core Atom processor provided by Intel. It will offer 1 GB RAM.

 

The Tab 3 10.1 will come with two different storage capacities 16 GB and 32 GB, which can be further expanded by 64 GB. The device also offers both rear and front cameras but has reduced the MPs offered in the rear camera to 3MP, while the front has a 1.3 MP camera. The device comes with a non-removable 6800 mAh battery. The company has also added a bunch of apps that makes the device more user friendly such as Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung Kies Air, Samsung ChatON, TV-Out (enables users to connect the tab to the TV), etc.

 

Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Samsung also needed a tablet for competing in the 10-inch tablet market. Lo and behold it launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which shares many similarities to its little brother. Similar to the Tab 2 7.0, the company launched two models of the Tab 2 10.1: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Mobile. The Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Mobile are quite identical in looks and also have similar hardware under the hood. The only differences between the two are the processor speed, OS and the camera features. The two different models allow the consumer to have the choice of either having only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Mobile capabilities and pay accordingly.

 

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. According to many review websites, the tablet has been a bit of a letdown compared to the original Tab 10.1. The company has completely shifted the focus of the tab and has even downgraded some of the features. To some it is worth the price, while the others are willing to shell out a little extra if the features are up to mark. The company has managed to keep the slim and sleek design of the device, which is one of the many good features of the Tab. The chassis is plastic and is available in brushed Titanium Grey, giving it a metal look. The speakers have been moved to the front of the screen and placed between the bezel and the chassis, making it seem like the tablet has ‘ears’. This also takes away from the fluidity of the bezel of the screen.

 

The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The company has managed to put excellent viewing angles on the device but it still has a lot of reflective ability, making it harder to work under direct sunlight. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor. Both the models offer 1 GB RAM. The device is a bit jerky in responding and is a little slow when switching between home screens. The Wi-Fi model comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but fear not the Wi-Fi model is upgradable to v4.1. Samsung has also added a screenshot button to the soft buttons at the bottom of the screen.

 

When in landscape mode, the device houses five features on the top of the device: a volume rocker, microSD slot, power/sleep button, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack. The camera sans flash resides on the back, while a dock connector and microphone pinhole are at the bottom of the device. The device offers a 3MP rear camera and a VGA camera for video calling. The rear camera offers decent images, though they images may be grainy when not taken in adequate lighting. The Wi-Fi model offers various camera features such as: Shot Modes Effects, ISO, Scene mode, Shooting mode, White balance, Camcorder, HD Recording and HD Playback. The device also has video taking capability. The tablet is available with 16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is upgradable by 32GB. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 houses a powerful non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery, providing a good battery life compared to many other tablets. The device comes with already loaded Samsung apps, while other apps can be downloaded from the Google Play.

 

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from Samsung Mobile Press website, Samsung website, expertreviews.co.uk and GSMArena.com.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Launch Date

Q3/2013

May 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

243.1 x 176.1 x 8 mm

256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm

Display

10.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

10.1-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1280 x 800 pixels (~149 ppi pixel density) 16 M colors

800 x 1280 pixels (~149 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass

Weight

510 grams

581 grams (Wi-Fi only) and 583 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

LTE Dual-band:17 and 4

GUI

TouchWiz UX UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

1.6 GHz Dual Core processor

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 (Wi-Fi only)1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait, Qualcomm (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

GPU

No-official data released

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.0 (Wi-Fi) and Android v4.1 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

Chipset

No-official data released

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

1 GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32GB (11.26/26.16GB available to user)

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Upgradeable to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, Magnetic, Light

Accelerometer, light, compass

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth® 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB Host

EDGE, GPRS, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, USB Host, Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

USB

USB v2.0, USB Host

USB v2.0, USB Host

Primary Camera

3 MP 2048x1536 pixels

3.15 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

VGA

Video

Playback: 1080p@30fps

Recording: 720p@30fps

Full HD@30fps

Camera Features

  • Geo-tagging
  • Shot Modes
  • Effects
  • ISO
  • Scene mode
  • Shooting mode
  • White balance
  • Camcorder
  • HD Recording
  • HD Playback

Sound Enhancement

Sound Alive and Dolby Surround

SoundAlive

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, E-AC-3, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB

MP3, AAC/ AAC+/ EAAC+, WMA, OGG (vorbis), FLAC, AC-3

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX(1080p Full HD @30fps)

3GP, AMR, H.263, H.264, MPEG4,QCIF

Battery Capacity

Non-removable battery, Li-ion 6,800 mAh

Non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery

Talktime

No official data released

3G: 12 hours

Standby Time

No official data released

3G: 26 Days

Available Colors

Black, White

Titanium Silver, White

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

N/A

No

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

A-GPS with GLONASS

Java

via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • TV-out
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar
  • Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Samsung Kies
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung Hub
  • Smart Unlock
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Downloadable Content
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • Samsung Kies/ Kies Air
  • Polaris Document editor
  • Samsung L!ve Panel

 

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com

Image Courtesy: samsung.com

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thanks for info very thorough analysis of both devices

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