Spot the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G and its Wi-Fi counterpart? Well, there aren’t many. At least none from a visual point of view; both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the Samsung tablet sport almost identical exteriors. The differences lie deeper and as such are more profound.
The 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor that has been performing for the Galaxy Tabs since its launch has been replaced by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. However, the change of heart does not have much of an impact on the tablet’s performance. The other change, this one to the Wi-Fi only version, is in the tablet’s graphics capabilities. PowerVR SGX540 graphics replaces the PowerVR SGX530 graphics. So the next time you find your Galaxy tab Wi-Fi having a tough time handling heavy graphic files, well you know the reason why. Also, with the new graphics card on board, the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab will only be able to play back 720p HD video instead of the 1080p HD found in the 3G model.
These apart, the other change with the Wi-Fi only version is that it comes with Bluetooth 2.1 instead of Bluetooth 3.0. That’s quite a downgrade for the Galaxy Tab with the Wi-Fi only version. More so when there are reports of Samsung already working on a higher speced 4G capable Galaxy Tab that will come with a 1.2 GHz processor along with a few other enhancements. The only solace, all this corner cutting has made the best selling 7 inch Android tablet all the more affordable – $350 at Amazon.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email