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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch) vs. Google Nexus 7: Spec-By-Spec Comparison

By Sumit Passary , Apr 30, 2013 08:05 AM EDT

Samsung has recently announced its latest 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3. Google launched its first tablet, the Nexus 7, to compete with other tablets. With the competition in the smaller tablet space heating up, let's see what both tablets have to offer:


A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the Galaxy Tab 3, whereas a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor powers the Nexus 7. Both the processors are powerful, providing good performance and speed to the device. 


The Galaxy Tab 3 has a 7-inch WSVGA TFT display with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 features a smaller 7-inch Back-lit IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

The Nexus 7 has a higher pixel density of 216 pixels per inch (ppi) when compared to the 169 ppi of the Nexus 7.

Form Factor

The Galaxy Tab 3 measures 7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches and the Nexus 7 has 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches dimensions, making the latter taller, wider and slightly thicker than the former. 

Weight-wise, at 10.79 ounces, the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung tablet is lighter than the Nexus 7, which weighs 11.99 ounces.


The Galaxy Tab 3 comes in 8/16GB on-board storage options, which can be expanded to an additional 64GB using a microSD card. The Nexus 7 offers 16/32GB of internal storage; however, with no option to expand the memory further.


The Nexus 7 does not offer a rear-facing camera and includes only a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab 3 has a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera. 

Operating System

Both the tablets run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.


Both the Galaxy Tab 3 and the Nexus 7 support Wi-Fi, microUSB and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity options.


The Google tablet has a 4325mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of Web-surfing or e-reading, and 300 hours of standby time. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab 3 has a removable 4000mAh Li-ion battery, but the hours of usage support offered are not yet known. 

Price And Availability

Google Nexus 7 has a starting price tag of $199 only and the price of the Galaxy Tab 3 is not yet known. The Nexus 7 is available from Google Play Store in various parts of the world, while the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung tablet will be available worldwide in May, with the 3G version hitting the shelves a month later, in June.

The competition in the tablet industry is increasing rapidly in the last few years. In 2012, Apple entered the smaller tablet space with the iPad mini and Google with its Nexus 7 and currently both have become one of the most popular 7-inch tablets. We will have to wait and see if the Samsung is able to attract tablet users to its newly launched Tab 3 tablet. 

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