Another day, another Samsung launch - this time two new tablets in the Tab 3 range


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Following the unveiling of their Galaxy S4 mini, it seems that Samsung is sticking with its varied-as-possible approach to product lines by unveiling two new tablets – an 8-inch and a 10.1-inch variation of the Galaxy Tab 3 range.

Announced at the Computex electronics show in Taipei today, the two tablets both use the latest version of the Android operating system (Jelly Bean), will be available as both 3G and LTE version, with both sizes sporting a less-than-impressive 1280x800 resolution.

This same resolution for the pair will mean that the 8-inch will have a pixel-density of 189ppi whilst the 10.1-inch will be blurred down into 149ppi. Those specs look pretty disappointing compared to the latest generation iPad (2048x1536 resolution and 264ppi), though in fairness to Samsung, they are targeting the lower end of the market.

There’s slight variation between the pair when it comes to processing power (the 8-inch comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core chip 1.5GB of RAM; the 10.1-inch bumps this slightly to a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and inexplicably drops to only 1GB of RAM), but both come with two cameras (1.3 megapixels on the front, 5 megapixels on the back), and a microSD slot expandable up to 64GB cards.

Available worldwide at the “beginning of June”, the reaction to the new tablets have been indifferent at best, but they prove Samsung is happy with its approach to the market – creating a slew of different devices to find a right fit for the consumers.

Such an approach seems messy – especially compared to Apple’s one-device-per-year regime – but the success of Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones suggests that they’re doing something right.