Specs for 8-inch and 10-inch variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet have reportedly been leaked, along with an alleged photo of the larger device.
The proposed specs leaked by the Greek site Techblog add to the many rumors that surround the next generation of Galaxy Tab tablets. The Tab 3 (8.0) will reportedly feature an 8-inch, 1280×800 pixel display and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. We may also see 2GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a Micro SD slot, 3G and 4G connectivity, and a 7000 mAh battery.
The Tab 3 (10.1) will reportedly feature a 10.1 1280×800 pixel display and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. In addition, we may see 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 3-megapixel camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera, a Micro SD slot, 3G and 4G connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery. Both devices are expected to run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
We’re a bit skeptical of these specs, as most seem quite outdated for a device that has yet to even be unveiled; the most advanced feature on either of these devices is the 7000 mAh in the 10.1 variant.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which released in the U.S. on April 11, features a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor, an 8-inch 1280×800 display, 2GB RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, IR blaster, S Pen support and 4600mAh battery. Clearly more advanced than these specs, but like both the purported Tab devices, it ships with the Android 4.1.2 operating system. So far it seems the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone is among the few devices that will ship with Android 4.2.2.
These are the first detailed specs we’ve seen for Galaxy Tab 3 devices, but they are not the first supposed leaked images of the device. While Techblog’s fuzzy image features a plain white device with no identifying features and the brand name pixelated beyond recognition, a prior leak featured a clear, detailed image of a device that tipsters told SamMobile is called the Galaxy S Tab. However, the tech website suggests that it could be the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus.
As if reports weren’t conflicting enough, some rumors suggest the Galaxy Tab will launch in September at the 2013 IFA Expo in Berlin, alongside the Galaxy Note 3 phablet; other rumors suggest we could see Tab devices release as early as June or July. Again, we find the latter rumor unlikely as we have not seen an unveiling. Samsung tends to unveil its devices months before their release. For example, the Galaxy S4 smartphone was unveiled in mid-March and is slated to release in late April and early May. The Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet was unveiled in February and released in mid-April.
Following the initial Galaxy Tab spec leaks, a second leak surfaced on Techblog for yet another Samsung device, codenamed “Roma,” that is supposedly slated to release soon. This 10.1-inch tablet, reminiscent of the Nexus 10, has much more impressive specs than those previously leaked and many have considered that these could be more realistic features for at least the Galaxy Tab 10.1 variant.
The device reportedly features a 10.1-inch, 2560×1600 pixel display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Exynos 5 processor and Mali-T604 GPU. In addition, it includes 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera, microSD storage up to 128GB, 3G and 4G connectivity, and a 9,000 mAh battery. The device is expected to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Tab 3 gets increasingly more confusing with the introduction of each new rumor, especially since Samsung refuses to comment on any of its developments. Though we advise to take all of these rumors with a grain of salt, we suspect the truth about these tablets is in there somewhere.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.