Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

What can we expect from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4?

Samsung look set for another assault on the tablet market, with a new range of devices to replace the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. The South Korean electronics giant was one of the pioneers in the Android tablet market, but its offerings have failed to capture mainstream attention in the way that Google’s Nexus 7 tablets have managed.

The latest speculation about the Samsung Galaxy Tab range has come courtesy of renowned Twitter-leaker @evleaks. Images posted on the social networking site supposedly show the as-yet-unannounced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, with both black and white editions pictured.

Although @evleaks only posted images of a 7-inch device, in the current Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 line-up there are also 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

It is unlikely that a 7-inch device will be Samsung’s only tablet release of 2014, particularly as larger displays offer the opportunity to chase higher margins.

Samsung dominates the Android smartphone market and its forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is widely viewed as a highly desirable premium product.

When it comes to tablets, particularly of the 7-inch variety, Samsung does not compete effectively at the top end of the market. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, for example, is a relatively low-spec tablet that fails to challenge devices like the 2013 Nexus 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a 1024 x 600 TFT display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. By contrast, the Nexus 7 2013 edition offers up a 1920 x 1200 IPS display, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor under the hood.

Arguably, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 does not even compare well to similarly-priced rivals like the Lenovo S5000 and ASUS MeMO Pad HD, both of which are powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core processors and have 1280 x 800 IPS displays.

None of the above is to say the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has been a failure. Specs are not everything and the tablet performs better than is to be expected from reading a list of its hardware.

Samsung’s 7-inch device has its unique selling points too, such as the company’s own TouchWiz user interface. Whilst not everyone is necessarily a fan of the UI, it does mean that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 presents a familiar experience to the many people who own Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Expertise has helped Samsung get the most out of limited hardware. Combined with a familiar user experience and some aggressive discounting, the company’s approach has seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 prove popular with consumers.

From the leaked images, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 certainly looks like an impressive product. But with only relatively small hardware improvements since the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 made its debut back in 2010, Samsung’s 7-inch tablet offering is due a minor overhaul this year that should at least bring its spec into line with devices like the Lenovo S5000 and ASUS MeMO Pad HD.