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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

In Samsung’s marketing scheme to offer a wide variety of sizes for their tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch stands above its Galaxy Tab 3 brethren. For those that cannot afford the more expensive Samsung Note 8”, the Tab 3 8” is an excellent option for $100 cheaper than the Note. Aside from being cheaper, the Tab 3 8” is also thinner and lighter than its Note counterpart.

In terms of the Tab 3 products, the 8” model offers the best set of features including: a sharp, bright screen, excellent performance, comfortable design and Samsung’s multiwindow feature that allows users to run two apps simultaneously on the screen (something its larger 10” brother does not offer).

The Tab 3 8” runs on Android 4.2.2 and skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz for plenty of exclusive software such as the remote control/TV Guide component. The removal of the array tab offers users who game on their device full-screen access.

When looking at the hardware, this tablet has modest specs compared to other tablets in the size range such as the iPad mini and even the Kindle Fire HD. It comes with 1.5 gHZ dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD slot. The screen is a full 8” with a resolution of 800 x 1280 megapixels and fully capacitive touchscreen. In addition, the Tab 3 8” comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP forward facing camera. The device itself measures in at a slim 8mm thickness and 0.76 pounds in weight, slightly heavier than the iPad mini.

While the Galaxy Tab 3 8” does offer the best specs and features out of the entire Tab 3 line, it is not priced competitively in the small tablet market. Other tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 offer better screen resolution and computing power than the Tab 3 8” for a lower cost. At $300, the Tab 3 8” is only $30 cheaper than the iPad Mini which boasts the best app ecosystem. In addition, the tablet has back-facing speakers, leading to poor speaker quality There is also no FM Radio or NFC support available on this tablet.

Despite some of the drawbacks, the Galaxy Tab 3 8” is worth a look for people looking to purchase a tablet in the Tab 3 lineup. The Tab 3 8” comes in three variants: WiFi only, 3G and LTE.

The Good: Slim design measuring in at 8mm thickness, multiwindow feature, excellent performance of its 1.5 gHZ Exynos processor.

The Bad: Expensive for a tablet of its size and specs ($30 cheaper than an iPad Mini), poor speaker quality, no NFC support.

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
4450 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


If you’re patient and not too demanding this is a mini tablet that can still get the job done, but if you’re spending $300, we’d be inclined to stretch up to the newer Nexus 7 — which you won’t want to replace 6 months down the track.

- Dan Gardiner, APC
Digital Versus
Digital Versus

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is no landmark event on the tablet calendar, but it's an easy choice if you're looking for an Android slate to watch shows, browse the web and play the odd game on—for not too much money. It's a been-there-done-that kind of design, but it's still a good-looking, well-built...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus

If you look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and add up all of these factors, it doesn't look good for the Samsung. Combine the high price, poor performance and below par build quality, and it's hard to find any reason to recommend this new Samsung Tab.

- James Stables, TechRadar
The Mobile Indian
The Mobile Indian

Though the tablet impressed us with its performance and quality, we really were surprised to see no headset in the review unit box. However, some online retailers are offering headsets with the tablet. In a nutshell, it is a very good tablet which looks classy and performs better than many low...

- Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet is a solid performer and has a decent screen, but it’s overpriced for what you get. There are cheaper more impressive alternatives to spend your money on instead. It feels like Samsung isn't even trying here.

- Michael Sawh, TrustedReviews

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4450 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Specs

Release Date July 7, 2013
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1536 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 0.825 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Self-portrait, Self-timer, White balance, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4450 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 8 hours
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Up to 28.8 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Gold Brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21 x 12.4 x 0.7 cm (8.3 x 4.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 314 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack Yes
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Viewable document types: XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
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