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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Preview

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Posted: , by Victor H.




A front-facing camera is sorely missing, and the rear 2-megapixel shooter looks very barebones.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite photographic capabilities are extremely limited. First, because it only features a barebones 2-megapixel rear camera with no flash, and second, because it’s missing a front-facing shooter for video conferencing. Honestly, we’d prefer having a front camera on a tablet rather than a rear-facing one, but it is what it is.

The interface is the old Samsung one, without the fancy shooting modes you might have seen in the Galaxy S4, but it’s still a very functional layout packed with features. You can do things like capture a panoramic image, apply filters, change the white balance, set a timer, and others on this rich interface.

Question remains whether all that effort is justified for a snap from a barebones 2-megapixel camera. We will see in the final review, but you can check out some test samples from our pre-production unit right below.


Samsung claims it can playback 8 hours of non-stop video.

Multimedia is the bread and butters of tablets, and with the otherwise limited capabilities of the Tab 3 Lite, it’s even more important. The 7-inch display might be small in tablet standards, but it’s much larger than most smartphones out there, so watching movies or checking out images is an enjoyable experience.

The built-in video player is capable of running most common formats with ease (we played back 720p videos without a stutter), but some codec support like DivX is missing in our pre-production test unit. You can easily fix that, though, with a quick download of an app like the free MX Player from Google Play Store. Most importantly, Samsung claims the Tab 3 Lite can play up to 8 hours of non-stop video - neat!

We love the Gallery experience with Samsung’s two-column app that makes jumping between albums of photos easy, and adds basic image editing capabilities.

For music, you have the Google Play Music app along with Samsung’s own music player, and while both get the job done, we tend to prefer Samsung’s application for its simpler interface, nice equalizer presets and folder view support.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite should go on sale soon in the United States with a starting price of the very affordable $160, and it will be sold in Best Buy and other large retailers. In Europe the price is set at around €160 and in the UK the tablet costs £117 gbp. All those prices are for the Wi-Fi only model, while the 3G cellular data enabled version is expected to cost around $240 (€240 in Europe).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Preview
There is no doubt that this is an affordable price, especially for a brand name tablet, but this does not mean it is great value for the money. The Tab 3 Lite's low-res display, humble dual-core processor, 8GB of storage and barebones 2-megapixel camera look paltry on paper when compared against other tablets with more processing power, higher-res displays and double the storage. Such competitors would be the 2012 Nexus 7 and Asus MemoPad HD 7, both of which come with higher-res screens, more processing power and internal storage.

Finally, as affordable as the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite looks, it seems a bit overpriced for what it offers. After all, we have already seen devices like the 2012 Nexus 7 with better specifications, yet selling at a similar price, that would seem like a better choice.

This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.


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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:49 2

1. SleepingOz (unregistered)

There're definitely better offerings for this segment.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:56 1

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

I'd say that would be wiser to invest to previous gen (or current) Nexus 7. Display won't make headache and power advantage is huge (I mean insane).

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:56

2. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Told y'all samsung floods the market for no reason at all. To many android tablets out there from cheap to expensive. They all do the same just with different features. By far I use to hate on Microsoft but the surface pro 2 is a killer tab that has no major competition.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:29 3

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Except the iPad Air, iPad Mini w/ Retina, Note 10.1 (2014) and Nexus 7 (2013).

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 10:02

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Agreed. Surface 2 Pro is good for productivity, though.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 11:01 1

6. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

do you really compare ios with windows? seriously?!!
seriously man?!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 17:49

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Does the capacitive buttons have lights? because the tab 3 7 didn't

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 20:31

8. warrenellis93 (Posts: 238; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

i think anybody who has actually owned one of those generic 7" tablets for under $100 that didnt have google play on it, horrible screen, unable to download anything to it, bulky, etc. could appreciate the samsung glaxy tab 3 7.0 (like me) but for people who have ipad's and galaxy tab 3 10.1's then you wouldnt understand

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:54

9. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

I said before and I'll say it again, this is a waste of money while the Tab 3 is available. You get the same thing with a better rear facing camera, an actual front facing camera, and an ambient sensor.

posted on 18 May 2014, 22:10

10. Surgio_mccree (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2014)

I bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite, and I enjoy it a lot. I bought it to play games from google play. Ive purchased and downloaded high end games, and my Tab3 runs them beautifully. For $150 this Tablet is worth it, the camera isnt very good but I didnt buy it for that. If you do have to much running the system will over heat. Ive only had that problem once, and I was running a lot of apps and widgets. The picture is good, I watch movies and TV on it. I would recommend this. Im in Computer Programming, Graphics Design, and E-Commerce, I know my technology.

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Display7.0 inches, 600 x 1024 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Marvell PXA986, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size7.61 x 4.58 x 0.38 inches
(193.4 x 116.4 x 9.7 mm)
10.93 oz  (310 g)

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