Yesterday, Samsung announced the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3, a tablet that looked to be nearly identical to its predecessor. With a previously unnamed dual core processor clocked a meager 0.2GHz higher than the Tab 2′s, it really didn’t seem like an upgrade at all. However, benchmarks may say otherwise. The Tab 3 showed up in GLBenchmark, specs and all.
The first thing we notice is the processor, which is a Marvell PXA986 dual core. A processor from a fairly unknown company? Sounds incredibly budget. But to our surprise, the benchmarks betray its budget appearance.
As you can tell, the PXA986 performs significantly better than the 1GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 in the previous Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It’s a surprisingly good upgrade from the previous model. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it still comes with a 600p display, which is really low end by today’s standards. This doesn’t change my opinion that the device should be priced far under $200, but at least we know that it won’t run like a two year old tablet.