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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Tab 3, which is a 7-inch tablet designed to compete directly with Apple’s iPad Mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

As per Samsung, the tablet will be powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM and comes with option for 8GB or 16GB internal memory. Just like other Samsung devices, memory of the Galaxy Tab 3 can also be expanded up to 64GB.

Talking about the display, then it comes with 7-inch WSVGA display, with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and 169 PPI. Just for comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with 1280 x 800 pixels while the iPad Mini comes with 1024 x 768.

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There’s a 3-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. It looks like Samsung will be offering two models for this device – one with WiFi, and the other with WiFi + 3G connectivity.

Software wise, the Galaxy Tab 3 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (no 4.2 during the launch), and of course as expected, there’s the Samsung TouchWiz UI and plethora of apps and services bundled such as Samsung ChatON, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Learning Hub, etc.

There’s a 4,000 mAh Li-ion standard battery powering this device. Samsung says that the WiFi only version will be available globally from the beginning of May, while the 3G version will be available starting from June. The company does say that “The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.”

The company has not revealed any details on the pricing, but it would be more affordable than the Galaxy Note 8.0 which comes with a price tag of $399 in the US. Overall it seems to come with a pretty basic configuration, nothing to be too excited about. But does it really possess any threat to Nexus 7 or the iPad Mini? We leave that to you to decide.