Sunday, May 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

INTRODUCTION:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 was announced way back June of last year and the Korean electronics giant already unveiled both the Galaxy Tab 4 series and the Galaxy Pro variant.

However, since the Tab 3 is still in the market and I never had Intel Atom-powered Android tablet I decided to give it a thorough treatment.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression CPU-Z
CPU-Z

The Tab 3 10.1 is powered by 1.6GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor and has Intel Hyper-Threading technology while the multitasking is handled by one gigabyte of memory. When you look at the CPU-Z info above, it detects that it has 4 CPU cores, but then again, it is only dual core and CPU-Z might mistakenly detect the 4 threads as cores.


UNBOXING:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Retail Package
Retail Package

The retail package consist of the unit itself, charger with detachable USB cable, wired headset, manual and warranty card.


HARDWARE:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Front
Front

The screen dominates the entire front, above it you will find the Samsung logo, the 1.3MP camera and the ambient light sensor. Below the display we have the hardware home button flanked by the menu and back capacitive keys on each side.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Back
Back

The back is made of hyperglaze finish, there is nothing much here except for the 3MP main camera placed on top.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Left
Left
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Right
Right

On both sides you will find the loudspeaker grills with the addition of the 3.5mm audio jack on the left.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Top
Top
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Bottom
Bottom

The top is the busiest part of the tablet, here you can find power/lock key, volume rocker, micro SD slot and the IR port. The bottom on the other hand holds the micro USB port and the microphone pinhole.

The design remains the same with the previous generations of Galaxy Tab line-up, but still it gives you solid feel which is typical for Samsung devices not to mention it is quite thin at 8mm.


DISPLAY:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression 10-point touch
10-point touch

The tablet sports a 10.1 capacitive touchscreen display with 1280x800 resolution. It produced crisp, sharp pictures and provide good views on all angles as well as supports 10-point touch.


 SENSORS:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Sensors
Sensors

There are four sensors in the tablet, namely accelerometer, orientation, magnetic and light. All of them working when test using Android Sensor Box and CPU-Z.


BENCHMARKS:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Antutu - 17682
Antutu - 17682
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Quadrant - 5531
Quadrant - 5531
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression NenaMark2 - 60fps
NenaMark2 - 60fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression Vellamo - 1742 & Metal - 640
Vellamo - 1742 & Metal - 640

As mentioned earlier, I never tried personally how Intel Atom-powered Android tablet performs in our favorite benchmarks. It turns out that it can match the scores of the latest quad-core MediaTek devices as well as quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset which is popular last year.


INITIAL VERDICT:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has a nice, reasonable specs, a large screen with good resolution and wide viewing angles. The Intel Atom processor that is ticking inside, even though more than a year old since its release still gives good results in our favorite benchmarks.

Specifications:

  • 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen (1280x800), Corning Gorilla Glass  protection
  • Dimensions:  243.1mm x 176.1mm x 8mm
  • Weight: 510g
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.6GHz Dual Core CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, Intel Atom Z2560 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal, expandable up to 64GB via microSD
  • 3MP camera without LED Flash,
  • 1.3MP secondary camera
  • 720p video recording
  • Multimedia Player
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Micro USB 2.0, OTG support
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Infrared
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Orientation, Magnetic
  • 6800mAh Li-Po battery

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