Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Review and Gaming Performance

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Published on February 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Review and Gaming PerformanceHi guys, welcome back!

Samsung, as we all know already, has a huge pile of Samsung GALAXY devices spread out across the market, ranging from low-end, mid-end and high-end devices.

One of its best selling items is Samsung GALAXY Tab series, which has been doing well especially since the second-generation GALAXY Tab 2 arrived to the tablet stores.

And you might know how this Samsung GALAXY Tab series has always been inheriting the same spec sheet just like its predecessors.

For example is the display, that never got upgraded from an unimpressive low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, even until now on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, although the 8-inch model finally gets the 720p treatment from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 benchmarks and gaming performance

And if you thought that the 7-inch model of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 was the low-end model from this series. Think again!

You’re definitely wrong because Samsung apparently has another lower-end model under this series.

And this one is called Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite.

Given its nametag, this tablet is probably the “light” version of GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, although the regular 7-inch model already feels "light", especially in term of specs.

As the light version of 7-inch model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 obviously brings something, mostly specs, that is just lower than the regular model.

And that’s proved by its camera, battery capacity and its internal storage option, which are all lower than the ones found on Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0.

The good thing is, they both still share the same processing power.

So gaming performance of both devices will likely be similar one to another.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, then don’t be shy (why would you be?), feel free to check out my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.

Introduction

In tablet market, Samsung has been doing a great job in making many devices that sell.

Alongside Apple, Samsung always manages to ship million of GALAXY devices every quarter of the year.

Samsung GALAXY Tab series is definitely one of the Samsung devices that has always been one of the best selling tablets around the market.

And that’s the reason why it's now upgraded to the third generation of the series, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 actually consists variety different devices, from the 7-inch model, the 8-inch model, the 10-inch model and even the Pro line that is about to arrive in the near future.

But apparently, having a huge pile of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 devices is not enough for Samsung as the company also has another device under the same flag.

And this one is called Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, the “light” version, if you would, of the 7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0.

As the light version of that regular 7-inch model, then it’s obvious that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 will feature some of the specs that are lower than the regular original model.

And that’s true because on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, Samsung makes some sacrifices here and there on the hardware in order to cut down the cost of making it, thus pricing it lower than the regular model.

And by looking at its specs, then it’s obvious that this Samsung’s slate will not be on par with other competitors, like Acer Iconia Tab A3, Asus MemoPad 7 HD or Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite, due its lower specs.

So the question is, with all of its cut-down sacrifices that Samsung has made on this device, will Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still stack up against other rivals, especially in cheap budget tablet market?

Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review.

So stay tuned!

Design

In term of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still inherits the same chubby look of its older sibling, the regular GALAXY Tab 3 7.0, which comes with the same fully rounded shape and corners, physical home button and plastic finish on the back cover.

So there is nothing to write home about on the design of this tablet.

I just really hope that Samsung will improve the design of all next-gen GALAXY devices in the future, including the next-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 4.

I know that Samsung has been doing great in the market with its GALAXY devices, regardless their ugly chubby design, plus, i also know that Samsung has been really careful in designing its next-gen GALAXY devices in order to avoid Apple’s ridiculous patent lawsuit.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Review and Gaming Performance

But i believe Samsung will find the way out to better its design department and deliver more premium looking devices in the near future, without giving the chance for Apple lawyers to drag them to the court.

Anyway, as i mentioned above, there is nothing to talk about on the design of this tablet.

It still looks really generic just like the older Samsung GALAXY devices.

I think Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still uses the same design language of early-generation GALAXY devices from last year.

So it looks nothing like the recent-released Samsung GALAXY Note 3, Note 10.1 or Note 12.2 Pro that all have this same concept with sharper looking design with less rounded corners, which makes them look more sturdy and elegant, plus less chubby like this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.

Hopefully this year, Samsung will finally implement its latest design on its next-gen Samsung GALAXY devices.

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  • No SIM
  • Coming soon in 2014, February
  • 7.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels, 16M colors (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA986 Chipset
  • Vivante GC1000 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No rear-facing camera
  • Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB Internal
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery
When it comes to spec sheet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 actually still has some in common with its older sibling, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

For instance, they both still share the same display and its resolution, the same Marvell dual-core processor, of course the same 1GB of RAM (no brainer on that!), and the same standard features like the original.

However, given its “Lite” nametag, then it’s obvious that Samsung has to make some sacrifices on this tablet in order to cut the cost of making this tablet.

The most noticeable ones are the camera, the internal storage option, the battery and the graphics chipset.

But even with all of these cut-downs, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still considered as a pretty good purchase in its price range, of course in cheap budget tablet market, alongside Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Acer Iconia Tab A3 and Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite.

Even though these rivals have much better specs compared to Samsung’s slate, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is probably still superior in term of software, rich-content features and well-optimized apps/games (given its popularity and game developers’ interests), which is the reason why Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 8.0 is capable to run Asphalt 8 in full graphics, despite using outdated hardware.

Anyway, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 features a 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core Marvel SoC PXA986 CPU, 1GB of RAM, Vivante GC1000 (as opposed to the PowerVR SGX on the original model), 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 2MP rear-facing camera, no front-facing camera, 3600mAh power battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and the options of WiFi-only/3G-enabled models.

Screen

Similar like the original 7-inch model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still packing the low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, which now has been left in the dust by many tablet manufacturers.

So compared to other 7-inch tablets out there, then this Samsung’s tablet has nothing to brag about on its display.

In fact, in the real-life implementation, with this type of display, you will always need to do pinch-to-zoom gestures everytime your eyes just can’t read text or images perfectly, especially when reading books or browsing the web.

However, despite lacking of sharpness, using this low-resolution display on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is actually a perfect match to this tablet.

As mentioned above, this Samsung tablet is packing a dual-core Marvel SoC PXA986 CPU. And this processor is actually not considered as powerful around the tablet market, especially compared to rivals that already use either Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600/800, Apple’s A7 chipset, Mediatek quad-core processor or Samsung’s own Exynos processor.

Therefore, by using this low-resolution display, there are not many pixels that must be executed by its processor, thus making the tablet run faster and smoother without consuming too many energy from its small 3600mAh battery, resulting in a long lasting battery life.

So i believe Samsung has thought this through when deciding to use this display, processor and small battery life.

User Interface and Features

I think one of the strongest points on this Samsung’s tablet is definitely its software and feature.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and it’s running TouchWiz UI all over it.

Speaking about its features, then this tablet is superior on that sector.

Surprisingly, this tablet also comes pre-installed with multi-window mode just like the one found on the latest-gen Samsung GALAXY Note 3, 10.1 and 12.2 Pro, which lets you open multiple windows on the same screen at the same time.

As for this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, you can only open 2 multi-window apps at once, just like on Samsung GALAXY Note 3.

The rest of the features on this tablet are actually pretty similar with other TouchWiz-installed GALAXY devices around the market, especially the last-gen ones.

So you’ll have the same standard Android homescreen where you can float your widgets all over it, the same app drawer, the same notification window, the same setting window and many more.

So there is still nothing special on the features of this tablet, expect for that multi-window mode aforementioned above.

Performance

When it comes to performance, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is actually can be considered as pretty good, if not great.

And that’s thanks to Samsung that has done a great job in optimizing the hardware and software of this tablet.

So for doing some basic tasks like watching movies, reading books, checking emails, listening to music (of course), browsing the web or even playing games, this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a fast and smooth performance, even when multitasking multiple apps at once, thanks to its 1GB of RAM.

However, given that dual-core Marvel PXA986 processor inside this tablet is not considered as high-performing processor, compared to Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600/800, Apple A7 or even Mediatek quad-core MT8125 (which many tech geeks always call as “cheap Mediatek processor”), then there will always be some consistent lags or choppiness especially when doing some heavy stuff at once, like using live wallpaper or playing games.

But still, having this Marvel SoC with a low-resolution display, this tablet still produces some pretty decent consistent performance in the long run.

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If you’re looking for a great and powerful gaming tablet, then you might want to check out other tablets like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7 , not this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.

However, given that this Samsung’s tablet is not intended by Samsung to be a gaming tablet, then you can’t expect its gaming performance to be as great as other 7-inch rivals aforementioned above.

Even so, this tablet surprisingly is still more than capable to handle some of the latest games like Minion Rush, Temple Run 2 and some other casual games.

However, for your information, this tablet is actually packing the same exact Marvel SoC PXA986 just like the one found inside the original model, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

And i’ve already seen that regular model capable to handle some latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA III, GTA Vice City, ShadowGun Deadzone, Real Racing 3 and even the last-gen GTA San Andreas, although games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas don’t run in full graphics.

But then again, it’s worth noting that the regular 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is packing the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, as opposed to the Vivante GC1000 GPU inside this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, which hasn’t been proved its quality.

Meanwhile, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU has been well known as powerful GPU, as seen on iPhone 5 (and iPad 4?).

So i have doubts this tablet is capable to run the graphics intense games like Asphalt 8, GTA Vice City, Real Racing 3 or other games, even in medium-graphics setting.

But i still don’t have the exact answer whether this tablet is a good gaming tablet or not, given that i haven’t seen any video reviews on YouTube about its gaming performance.

But i promise, once i’ve found out about that, i’ll let you know through this review in the future.

So you might want to bookmark this page for future read, especially if you want to buy this tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

Unlike the regular 7-inch model, it’s sad to see that this tablet is only equipped with a low 2MP rear-facing camera. And it doesn’t even have front-facing camera.

So if you’re into selfie photography or video call, you might want to switch your target to the regular Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, which has a much better 3.15MP camera and front-facing camera.

Anyway, as for this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0, it’s obvious that you just cannot expect its quality to match other 7-inch offerings around the market, which mostly already adopt 5MP camera.

However, if you only need its camera for photo sharing to Instagram or Twitter, its quality is still acceptable for that matter.

It may look as sharp as other 7-inch rivals’ cameras, but at least, it still gets the job done and the photos are still worth showing off to your Instagram or Twitter followers.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, this tablet may not be as great and long lasting as the original model of this series.

And that’s not surprising given that this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is only packing a 3600mAh power battery in it, as opposed to the 4000mAh battery on the original model.

However, given that this tablet is only sporting a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display and a dual-core processor, then its battery could still last some pretty good amount of hours in heavy usage.

But it’ll also depend on how long you use this tablet every single day.

So if you’re type of moderate users that only use this tablet in your spare time, you could probably still have an all-day-long battery life from this tablet.

However, if you’re gonna use this tablet for doing some heavy stuff without resting the screen, like for watching TV shows in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 4 to 7 hours of usage.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is still a pretty good tablet, if not great.

It has good performance, great software and features and pretty good gaming performance.

However, given that this tablet is priced by Samsung at $160 for the WiFi-only model and $230 for the 3G model, then i see no reason why you want to buy this tablet.

In the price range of $160, there are many other great alternatives that are just better than this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.

You can switch your target to Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Acer Iconia A3, Huawei MediaPad 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus, which cost around that price range, even cheaper than Samsung’s slate, but have much better and higher quality specs.

And if you have more cash that you can add to your current budget, in around $199 to $229, you can also get so much even better alternatives like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7.

These tablets are just way better than Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 in many ways, from the display, the camera, the gaming performance, the battery life, the features and many more.

So if you’re planning to getting this tablet when it launches soon in February (or next month?), i strongly recommend you to think a bit deeper about your decision.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is pretty good.

However, given its low-resolution display, low 2MP camera, low battery capacity, low performing processor and unpopular graphics chipset, i don’t see any good thing of buying this tablet, especially when other rivals have much better things to offer to you.

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