Difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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 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 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.

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 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Launch Date

Q3 2013

May 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm

256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm

Display

8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

10.1-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

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

800 x 1280 pixels (~149 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass

Weight

314 grams (Wi-Fi model)

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

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

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

LTE Dual-band:17 and 4

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Dual-core

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

GPU

PowerVR SGX544

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

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

Chipset

Intel Atom Z2560 (rumored)

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

1.5 GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

mircoSIM

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Upgradable to 32 GB

Sensors

Wi-Fi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB

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

Accelerometer, light, compass

Connectivity

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

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

Data

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

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

Speed

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

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

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

microUSB v2.0, USB Host

USB v2.0, USB Host

Primary Camera

5 MP 2592х1944 pixels

3.15 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

VGA

Video

Recording: [email protected]

Playback: [email protected]

Full [email protected]

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • 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, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, E-AC3, WMA, FLAC

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 Li-Ion 4450 mAh battery

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

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

  • 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
  • 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, samsung.com

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