Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Key Difference: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sports a 7-inch WSVGA TFT touchscreen and has the dimensions 188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm, making the device thinner compared to the former tablet. The tablet is actually targeted for the low-end range. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung announced the addition of a brand new 7-inch device to its tablet line-up. The device, dubbed Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is the successor to the Galaxy Tab 2. If users were waiting on another high-end tablet from the makers of Galaxy S4, well it will be a huge disappointment. The tablet is actually targeted for the low-end range. The device does come with some upgrades compared to the Tab 2; but in terms of hardware, the device still lags behind the other mid-to-high range tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 sports a 7-inch WSVGA TFT touchscreen and has the dimensions 188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm, making the device thinner compared to the former tablet. The screen has approximately 169 ppi density, giving it a decent resolution, but not the best available in the market. The company has styled the tablet after the S4 and the Galaxy Note, making it sleeker and more comfortable to hold. The device will be available in two models: Wi-Fi only and one with SIM support. The SIM model only support 2G and 3G functions. The Wi-Fi model will be available in the market as early as May 2013, while the GSM model will hit the markets in June.

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The company has announced that the tablet will have a dual-core processor that will clock around 1.2 GHz and 1 GB RAM, which makes the device better in terms of speed compared to the Tab 2. The device will come with the company’s TouchWiz UX UI that was launched on the Galaxy S3 and will sport Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The device offers ample amount of storage with 8/16 GB internal storage capacity, which can be boosted by 64 GB using a microSD card. One feature that might help increase sales of the device is the USB-capability, which is lacking feature in many tablets.

Galaxy Tab 3 will house a 3.15 MP autofocus rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls. The cameras are not state-of-the art but they are decent enough for taking photos and video conferencing. The device does offer features such as geo-tagging and an LED flash. The device is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. Samsung has also integrated the phone with Google services, including Google Now. The device may not be for the users that are allowing for full-functional high-end tablet, but this is the perfect tablet for families that require a low-end tablet for internet browsing and gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a major upgrade to the company’s original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The tab shares many features to its big brother The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The tab is actually a downgrade compared to the Galaxy 7.0 Plus, including the price of the tablet. However, during the launch it was also the only Tablet on the market at that time which served the Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. Both the devices differ in a few areas so, when purchasing either device, make sure to once look over the various different features that are offered in the Wi-Fi + 4G, which are missing the Wi-Fi only model.

Both the models offer similar dimensions and major features, with the differences being only with the processor speed, OS, camera features and colors. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The Plane to Line Switching (PLS) differs from the IPS technology of the other tablets and while it provides decent wide viewing angles, it still has a high propensity for reflecting surfaces. The display also lags compared to the other IPS displays with higher resolutions. The tablet is small and sleek compared to the other 7-inch devices making it lighter and easier to hold. The device has a sturdy design and has an all-grey plastic back. It has a thick bezel with a light grey screen. The device houses the power button, the volume button and the IR-port on the right side of the device, the microSD card slot is placed on the left side covered by a plastic flap. The 3.5mm jack is on top of the device and docking port is at the bottom.

The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. Both devices offer 1 GB RAM and are available with 8/16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is expandable by 32 GB. The tablets house a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video conferencing. The VGA camera is a downgrade from the 2 MP offered on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The camera also comes with a Flash that is placed under the camera on the back of the device. The 4 LTE tablets also come with additional camera features such as: Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, DivX, HD Recording, HD Playback, Video Share and Online Image Uploading.

Both the devices sport IR blasters, which allow the tablet to be used as a fully-functioning remote control. The device houses a non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh that provides a lasts a good amount of time on the Wi-Fi as well as the 4G network. The device is available in black and white on the Wi-Fi + 4 LTE, while an additional Garnet Red color has been added to the line for the Wi-Fi only tablet. Both the models come with various built in Samsung Applications and have been approved for Enterprise by the Company, something known as SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise). This includes an array of business applications such as: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris® Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption and Sybase Afaria. However, it lacks in terms of tablet based applications in Google Play. Well, that is not exactly Samsung’s fault but it is one of things that have been keeping pushing sales of Apple tablets more than Android Tablets. Google Play has not been able to offer enough applications that support the tablet format. This problem should only be temporary as the demand for tablets is on the rise in the market.

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

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Launch Date

Wi-Fi Only: May 2013

GSM support: June 2013

April 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm

193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm

Display

7.0 inches WSVGA TFT touchscreen

7.0 in (18 cm) PLS TFT LCD display

Screen

1024 x 600 pixels (~169 ppi density)

1024 × 600 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

N/A

Weight

Wi-Fi: 302 grams

GSM: 306 grams

345 grams

2G Network

EDGE/GPRS Quad 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSPA+21 / 5.76 Quad 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - GT-P3100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-P3105

4G Network

N/A

Depends on market capability

GUI

TouchWiz UX UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

1.2 GHz Dual-core

1 GHz Dual-core processor/ 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor (4G)

GPU

-

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

-

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

1 GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB

8/16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Up to 32GB

Sensors

Wi-Fi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light

GSM: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light, Proximity

Accelerometer, digital compass, light and proximity

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct

Bluetooth® 3.0

USB 2.0

2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth technology v3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared port, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS

USB

USB v2.0

USB v2.0, USB On-the-go

Primary Camera

3.15  2048x1536 pixels MP rear camera

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP front camera

VGA

Video

720p Full HD @30fps

Full HD @30fps

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • LED Flash
  • Smile Shot
  • Geo-tagging
  • Editing Modes
  • Camcorder
  • DivX
  • HD Recording
  • HD Playback
  • Video Share
  • Online Image Uploading

Sound Enhancement

N/A

SoundAlive

Audio supported formats

MP3, OGG, AC3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, FLAC

MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV

3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh

Talktime

-

2G: 40 hours

3G: 20 hours

Standby Time

-

2G: 1190 hours

3G: 1080 hours

Available Colors

White

Black, White, Red

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

No

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Samsung Kies
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatON
  • Google Mobile Services including Google Now
  • Samsung Hub
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • IR blaster
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
  • Polaris® Office
  • Video Chat
  • Cisco WebEx
  • EAS IT Policy
  • HW Encryption
  • Sybase Afaria
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Built-in Samsung Apps
  • 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year

Image Courtesy: gsmarena.com, samsung.com

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