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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review

Samsung adds an eight-incher to its Tab line-up, but can it beat the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini?

In terms of battery life the Tab 3 8.0 is uninspiring, if solid. Our looping HD movie tests showed around 8 hours of battery, with our standard 90 minute looping "Nyan Gareth" video chomping through 20% of the Tab 3 8.0's battery.

Extrapolated out, this means the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will last 450 minutes under heavy strain with the screen's brightness turned up to maximum, which equates to around 8 hours.

That's a solid score, and while it's certainly not the longest-lasting tablet out there, it's suitable for watching movies or playing games while travelling.

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Battery life is reasonable at full brightness

However, using the tablet for lots of web surfing did also prove a strain and we'd expect to see the same sort of score for heavy web use.

Benchmarks

The benchmark scores vindicate our criticism of Samsung's choice of using a dual-core chip.

Our Antutu score of 10,404 is roughly half that of the (cheaper) Nexus 7, which is a pretty dismal result for the Tab 3. As we highlighted, this lack of power is certainly felt around the operating system and using apps.

SunSpider, which is essentially a test of Java, also lagged behind the Nexus, albeit far a less pronounced deficit. However, different browsers and settings can heavily affect SunSpider.

The big surprise, however, was Peacekeeper, the graphics heavy browser test. This produced an exceptional score of over 700, putting it up with the iPad and Samsung Galaxy S3 in the rankings. This does highlight the fallibility of benchmark scores, as our real-world testing showed that the Galaxy Tab 3.0 is pretty lightweight when it comes to games.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab 3
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourPearl White
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1.50 GB
Weight (Approximate)314 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height209.8 mm
Width123.8 mm
Depth7.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelSM-T310
Product NameGalaxy Tab 3 8.0 (Wi-Fi)
Product LineGalaxy Tab 3
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-T3100ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Useful Device with Up-to-date Technology
This Tablet doesn't shy away from power. Equipped with a 1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor, it can handle just about anything you ask it to do - smoothly, quickly and expertly. Enjoy the convenience of two cameras (3 MP/1.3 MP) for video chatting, taking shots of others or even perfectly-framed photos of yourself. Web browsing has never been easier, quicker or more reliable with the Channel Bonding connections. Surf away and enjoy fast and easy data transfers.

Absolutely unlimited entertainment
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Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (Wi-Fi)
  • AC Adapter