Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Google Nexus 7

Key Difference: Samsung has added another tablet to its ever expanding line-up. The Tab 3 8-inch follows the Tab 3 7-inch that was launched earlier in 2013. The tablet comes with an 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that offers approximately 189 ppi pixel density. The device comes in three different variants: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. The Nexus 7 is a tablet computer running Android 4.1 (also named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus.

Samsung has added another tablet to its ever expanding line-up. The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch follows the Tab 3 7-inch that was launched earlier in 2013. The tablet is supposed to fill the gap between the 7-inch and the 10-inch tablet. Many are also inferring that the tablet may be launched as a cheaper variant to the Galaxy Note 8.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with an 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that offers approximately 189 ppi pixel density. The device comes in three different variants: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. The Wi-Fi model does not offer calling capabilities, while the models do. Other than this major difference the rest of the models are almost the same differing only in weight. All of the variants come with the TouchWiz UI that is found in all of the recent Samsung devices. The device resembles the Galaxy Note 8 in terms of design. It has the same curved corners with a white bezel. There is one hardware button in the middle under the screen that is flanked by two capacitive buttons.

A camera and a mic are placed on the top of the display screen along with the proximity sensor. The right side of the device houses the power button, the volume rocker and the USB port, while the left side of the device has the microSD card port. The back has a camera and the LED flashlight. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Dual-cored processor; however, the company has yet to announce which processor it is using. Many techies suspect it is the new Intel Atom processor.

Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is available with two different internal storage capacities: 16 GB and 32 GB, which can be expanded by 64 GB via microSD card. All of the variants are available with 1.5 GB RAM. The device houses a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera. The 5MP camera can record 720p video. The tablet comes with Google Android v 4.2.2 Jelly out of the box. 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, S Translator, S Travel, etc.

Among the number of various companies launching phones based on Google’s Android, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner. The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet computer running Android 4.1 (named Jelly Bean) operating system. It was developed in collaboration with Asus. It was the first tablet in the Google Nexus series and features a 7-inch (180 mm) display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 8, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. The 8 and 16 GB models were Wi-Fi only, and the 8 GB was eventually discontinued. The 32 GB models are both Wi-Fi and 3G compatible. The Nexus 7 was marketed effectively as an entertainment device. The tablet has been designed with gaming purpose in mind and has received high resolution display and various sensors to make it the ultimate gaming tablet. The tablets has dropped the rear primary cameras in the tablet and instead focus on place a 1-2 MP front-facing camera for video chatting purposes. The company has also eliminated the Camera app, so users will have to download an app from third-party developers from Google Play. According to Techradar, the images from the camera were a little grainy, but video calling was seamless, with no lag during calls. The low price of the Nexus 7 makes it a good and cheap companion. The 32 GB is available for USD 199 from the website.

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


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Nexus 7

Launch Date

Q3 2013

June 27, 2012



Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by Asus.


209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm

198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)


8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


800 x 1280 pixels (~189 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)



Corning Glass


314 grams (Wi-Fi model)

340g (11.99 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SM-T310, SM-T315

GSM : 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-T310, SM-T315



4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-T315



TouchWiz UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Dual-core

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9


PowerVR SGX544

ULP GeForce


Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)


Intel Atom Z2560 (rumored)

Nvidia Tegra 3


1.5 GB


SIM Size


Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB



Wi-Fi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB

3G/ LTE: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB, Approximate

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope,

E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor


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

Bluetooth® 4.0, USB 2.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB Host

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


NFC (Android Beam)

32GB + Mobile data version only: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+

32GB + Mobile data version only: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

32GB + Mobile data version only: 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)

32GB + Mobile data version only: HSPA+ 21 Mbps


GPRS, Edge, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared, USB.


GPRS, EDGE for 32GB + Mobile data version only


HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSPA+ 21 Mbps


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth V3.0


microUSB v2.0, USB Host


Primary Camera

5 MP 2592х1944 pixels

1.2 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP



Recording: 720p@30fps

Playback: 1080p@30fps


Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Video-calling

Sound Enhancement

Sound Alive and Dolby Surround


Audio supported formats


MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.264 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4450 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery


No official data released


Standby Time

No official data released


Available Colors




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

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS











via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Hub
  • Samsung Kies
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatON
  • Reading mode
  • Story Album
  • Group Play
  • S Translator
  • S Travel
  • Dual View
  • Pop up Video
  • WatchON
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Microphone
  • Magnetometer
  • Google Wallet
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com, androidheadlines.com

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