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June 24, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series to hit US on July 7, prices start at $199

Not to be forgotten amid other new Samsung products, the company has announced that its complete Galaxy Tab 3 line-up will arrive in the US next month. The tablet family launches in the US on July 7, with all three screensizes (7-, 8- and 10.1 inches) will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, other bricks-and-mortar retailers and Samsung's own online store. As a refresher, the entry-level Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is priced up at $199 and sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion), and a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TFT display. There's Android Jelly Bean (4.1) from the outset, as well as the Samsung's apps and built-in hubs.

Increasing the screen to eight inches, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 ($299), bumps up the specifications elsewhere too, with a more potent Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and higher-resolution (1,280 x 800) TFT display. It's got the very latest Android build (4.2), as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p video capture. Storage is also doubled to 16GB, with extra space available through microSD and 1.5GB of RAM to keep apps running smoothly

Finally, there's the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 ($399), which packs an Intel Z2560 processor (1.6GHz dual-core) and the same resolution as the Tab 3 8.0, albeit stretched a little further. It also matches the smaller model on storage and camera specs, although RAM has inexplicably dropped to just a single gig. The larger model does include a built-in IR blaster, however, as well as Samsung's WatchON TV recommendation service. All three WiFi-only models will arrive in white and a previously-leaked gold brown hue -- preorders start tomorrow.