The device feels premium and it is lighter and thinner than Note 8 and Tab 2. Note 8 weighs 338 grams while the Tab 3 8.0 weighs 314 grams.
Samsung has shrunk the bezels so it gives wider screen. It is easy to hold in one hand. It is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 4 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. On-device storage is 16GB and it can be up to 64GB with a microSD card found on the left side of the device. It also supports micro SIM card for making calls on 2G and 3G networks.
The stereo speakers are placed on the bottom edge. Be careful when holding the tablet in the landscape mode, your hands may cover the speaker ports.
Flipping through the Web pages is smooth and fast and apps launch with ease but lags start emerging when the processor is pushed to its limits.
The LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with some customisation from Samsung. The brightness and colours are nice, and the viewing angles are excellent. Samsung has included
The 5MP camera on the back produces decent snaps with sharp details and colour but due to the lack of LED flash, night shots lose details and colours look washed out. It does not support High-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) shots and Dual Shot front and rear video mode.
The camera app gives several modes for taking snaps -
The device is able to record 720p at 30 frames per second and playback on Full HD at 30 frames per second. The videos are pretty good in good lighting conditions but very bad in low light conditions. While playing videos, users can improve the sound quality using
It supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV and DivX video formats and MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, E-AC3, WMA and FLAC audio formats.
The 1.2MP front camera is ideal only for video chats and the snaps are grainy.
Regarding connectivity, it has Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB, 3G and Wi-Fi.
The non-removable 4,450mAh power pack gives just over six-and-a-half hours of life with WIFi on, watching movies, surfing emails and internet. With battery saving mode, users can expect full day of use with occasional emailing and making calls. It is priced at Dh1,399 and bit high when compared to tablets with similar specs on the market.
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