Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite gets refreshed with more powerful SoC, more RAM and a second camera

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite gets refreshed with more powerful SoC, more RAM and a second camera
A refreshed version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is being worked on by the manufacturer. According to India's Zauba, a site that tracks imports and exports to and from India, 14 units of a Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T116IR have been shipped to the country for testing and evaluation. Once the testing is over, these units will be taken out back and shot. The original version of the tablet carries the model numbers of SM-T111 (Wi-Fi and 3G) and SM-T1110 (Wi-Fi only).

According to the listing, the price per unit works out to $104 USD. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily the expected retail price of the refreshed slate. It does tell us to expect the device to be priced as the entry-level tablet that it is.

Meanwhile, the SM-T116IR ran through the GFXBench benchmark test, which revealed that most of the specs on the refreshed unit remain the same as those found on the original. For example, the first-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite's 7-inch display (with a 600 x 1024 resolution) will still be found on the new version of the tablet. The Marvell SoC on the SM-T111 and SM-T1110 carries a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU. That has been replaced with the Snapdragon 410 chipset and its quad-core 1.2GHz CPU. The Adreno 306 GPU is also on board the latest version of the device.

The refreshed Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has 50% more RAM (1.5GB), although the amount of native storage remains the same at 8GB. While the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has only one camera (2MP on the back), the refreshed slate carries a rare-facing 5MP snapper and a 2MP front-facing camera. Android 5.1.1 is pre-installed on the new model compared to Android 4.2, which powers the first-gen tablet.

So far. there is no word on when we might see Samsung make the refreshed Galaxy Tab 3 Lite official.

source:, GFXBench via (translated)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Samsung..stop...just stop..

2. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

"the refreshed slate carries a RARE-facing 5MP snapper and a 2MP front-facing camera." Do you mean rear?

3. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Nah, bro, this slate touts an ultra-rare-facing camera. Samsung is really starting to step their game up in tablet photography

4. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

No, 5MP is rare nowadays.

5. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Actually doesnt sound that bad, if they can sell it for $99. Against the Fire HD 6, this features the Play Store, a more powerful chip, and a slightly larger (albeit worse) display. Though knowing Samsung it will probably be more expensive than that.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Using a tab 4 7.0 its better than an iPad mini IMO. Too bad its stuck on Kitkat

7. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Samsung hasn't step up its game in the tablet space since the original Galaxy tab s and note pro 12.2

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I prefer my LG G Pad 7" tablet. It's old too and the battery lasts forever.

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