Despite being the first of Samsung’s tablet offerings back when the whole tablet race began, the Galaxy Tab line has just become more of a budget line – with reduced specs making way for cheaper prices and devices that do just enough to keep you entertained.
That’s been made clear with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 line, which features three devices – the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1, all of which resemble jumbo-sized Galaxy smartphones (save for the 10.1, which looks more like a Galaxy smartphone enlarged and flipped sideways). Samsung wants these to be entertainment hubs, throwing on IR blasters to make sure each tablet can also work as a remote control for your television. Samsung’s own WatchON recommendation engine is also on-board, which is designed to help you find what you want to watch, and which new shows might hold your interest.
Samsung is also trying to draw buyers in to the Galaxy Tab 3 line with Galaxy Perks. Galaxy Perks are the whole set of freebies you’ll get with the purchase of one of these tablets, including a $10 Google Play voucher, one year of Boingo hotspot wireless service, three months of Hulu Plus, and two years of 50 GB worth of Dropbox storage.
All of these tablets will feature Wi-Fi, and there should be some as-of-yet unannounced 3G/4G LTE partnerships. The specs are nothing to write home about (none feature HD displays or quad-core processors or anything you might be used to in a high-end tablet), but the prices more or less reflect that. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 will sell for $199, $299, and $399, respectively. You can pre-order one now, or wait until they hit stores on July 7.