Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Android tablet goes on sale for $159.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Android tablet goes on sale for $159.99

Summary: After shooting for the high end of the tablet PC market with the launch of the Galaxy Pro line, Samsung goes after a different customer with a budget 7-inch model.


Much has been made of Samsung's recent move into super-size tablets as part of its new Galaxy Pro family, which includes a 12.2-inch Galaxy Pro Note for $749.99. Perhaps as a counter to that, the company has gone in the opposite direction with its latest tablet.

Announced last month, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 has just gone on sale for the low, low price for $159.99. As you might expect, this budget tablet eschews high-priced parts, housing a mere 1.2GHz dual-core processor (apparently a Marvell PXA986), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, and a 1,024x600 7-inch display. It also runs Android 4.2.2 Jellybean rather than a more recent variant. You can get it in either black or white, however.

Even at that price, the Tab 3 Lite is premium priced compared to other 7-inch Android tablets with similar budget specs, thanks no doubt to the Samsung name. Still, it gives the company a (roughly) $150 tablet without needing to discount one of their better-performing models, a potentially crucial piece as the long-term trend in tablet pricing (Apple be damned) is ever-downward. Which means you could see this on sale for around $100 during Black Friday later this year. 

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility, Samsung

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  • count me as unimpressed

    Samsung name or not, $150 for a 1024x600 display and low-end Marvell processor is just not going to light the world on fire. When you look at the much better screens available on other low priced tablets (the Nook HD comes to mind), I don't see this Samsung model as being at all competitive.
    • Agreed

      There may be a lot of people who will be able to use this as an entry-level or second tablet, maybe something to keep the kids off of the *real* tablet. But I can imagine a lot of uninformed consumers buying this device and wondering how they can do all the cool things they see their Kindle Fire, nook Tablet HD, and iPad owning friends doing. And they're going to be sorely disappointed when they find out the answer.
      • And its a Samsung

        which means that it will probably never get any upgrades :-(
        • it's not its

          ZD, please bring back the editor!
  • Tablet market starting to look like the auto market

    Low end budget models on up...
  • Lots of choices

    Certainly they'll sell quite a few of these. Somehow I doubt this is going to be the hot seller on Black Friday though.
  • Move along

    nothing to see here, much better tablets available at this price.
    Alan Smithie
    • Prove it with reviews

      Go look at Amazon and look at over 1000 POSITIVE reviews of this tablet. Lots of demand for it, and it's not an iPad or anything really unique. As of today, there are 1211 reviews on Amazon for this device, specifically and for a budget device it's a hit, no doubt.
      • Here's a starter

        or how about

        Oh and the Lite does not come with a front facing camera making skype etc a problem.
        Alan Smithie
        • HISENSE tablets

          I too thought the HISENSE TABLET was a good buy. In fact I bought about 12 of these tablets. Looked and ran great except over half of the Tablets charging inlets failed. One got so hot it melted the back cover and when my grandson went to unplug it the tablet burnt his hand. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TABLET.
    • i will just move along..

      ..when I see a pointless posting like yours.
  • Too hot or too cold

    Samsung tablets continue to miss the mark with me. Either too expensive with the Note and Pro series, or ho hum and uninspired. I wouldn't buy a phone with a 1024*600 screen, let alone a 7" tablet. Hard to believe but I would still recommend a Nook HD+ at that price, spend half an hour and put CM 10.2 on it. Will probably get KitKat fairly soon. It's a bit long in tooth bit there still hasn't been much progress in the sub $200 tablet space.

    Mostly I am thinking of screen res. I just won't be buying any device over 7" with less than 1920*1080 res. Toss the cameras and gps and quad core chip and give me a decent screen.
  • and they say Apple is lacking innovation...

  • Kinda step...

    Yesterday the Micro center near my house was selling 32Gb 2013 model Nexus 7's for $200.00. Took all my willpower not to buy one, LOL, buy I've barely owned my 2012 model for a year, and it's still going strong. Heck of a deal, though.
  • This must be a joke

    Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7" for $160 while you can get the "real" Galaxy Tab 3 (non-Lite) 7" for $170-180.

    I guess I'm missing the point.