Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Tab 3, a low-end Android tablet that takes many design cues from the Galaxy S-range of smartphones. The 9.9mm-thick device has a 7-inch display and seems designed to compete with the market-leading iPad Mini as well as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Though the price is yet unknown, the cheap components (a low-end 1024 by 600-pixel screen, 3-megapixel rear cam, 1.8 megapixel front cam, and its relatively thick depth) suggest the tablet will retail for a very low price point–particularly for the Wi-Fi-only variant. This version will be available globally in early May, and the 3G version will arrive in June.
Fresh rumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that Apple is planning on upgrading its iPad Mini to a Retina-quality display, possibly pushing its launch to the end of 2013. Kuo also suggests that Apple is going to release a low-end iPad Mini with cheaper components to attack the low-end Android tablet market (and possibly to improve its own profit margins).