By Stephen Schenck | December 6, 2013 4:04 PM
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family of Android tablets has proved to be, if nothing else, incredibly inconsistent over the years. While things started out just fine, once we started seeing other Samsung tablets pop up – like the Galaxy Note line – the Tab models were no longer the cream of Samsung’s tablet crop. In fact, they’ve seemed like a dumping ground of sorts for Samsung’s spare hardware – the most recent three Galaxy Tab 3 models all ran SoCs from different manufacturers, for instance. Now we hear that Samsung may be trying to prepare an even more affordable alternative to the already-cheap Tab models, with the introduction of a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite during the second week of January.
The thing is, the Galaxy Tab 3 – especially the seven-inch model, like we assume this 3 Lite will similarly be – is already crazy low-end. The Tab 3 7.0 has specs like a dual-core Marvell SoC and 1024 x 600 display. And while that sold for $200, word is that the Tab 3 Lite would cost around $135. How the heck could Samsung dial things down any lower to get that kind of savings?
For the moment, no hardware specs have been attached to the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, aside from the note that there will be both WiFi and 3G versions – so we assume that $135 tag is the WiFi-only edition.
This $100-$200 tablet range is a really tough one to compete in. For just a little more, you can get so much more value for your money that it’s hard to rationalize settling for less. Maybe Samsung has some trick up its sleeve that will make the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite especially appealing, but we’re struggling to imagine what it might be.