7.6/10
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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
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


APC

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

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
TechRadar

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

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
TrustedReviews

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
8"

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

Processor
1.5 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
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.

Battery
4450mAh

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

Overview
Release date July 7, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
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
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.825 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
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 (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 28.8 days
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
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
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
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
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

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