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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for Sprint

MacinJosh

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by Josh McDaniel

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 2:30 AM MDT

 

On August 21, Samsung received approval from the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) for a Sprint variant of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, model number SM-T217S (Wi-Fi versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 are SM-T210 & SM-T211). According to the FCC authorization docs, the Galaxy Tab has a dual core 1.7 GHz processor and may come in a 16 GB storage size if the picture on the FCC label page is accurate.

 

Specs for the Wi-Fi only version are 3 MP rear camera with a 1.3 MP front facing camera, 1 GB RAM, up to 64 GB of microSD storage, and 7” screen with 1024 x 600 display. (All specs are subject to change before official release, as the processor on the Wi-Fi only model is 1.2 GHz dual core and it only comes with 8 GB storage.)

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Here is the antenna diagram:

 

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  • CDMA1X + EV-DO band classes 0, 1, 10 (i.e. CDMA1X + EV-DO 850/1900/800)
  • LTE band 25 (i.e. LTE 1900; PCS A-G blocks)
  • LTE 3, 5, 10 MHz FDD channel bandwidths
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with hotspot mode on 2.4 GHz only (LTE, EV-DO, and CDMA1X)
  • Maximum RF ERP/EIRP: 22.10 dBm (CDMA 850), 27.11 dBm (CDMA 1900), 24.96 dBm (CDMA 800), 28.30 dBm (LTE 1900, 5MHz FDD with QPSK), 27.20 dBm (LTE 1900, 5MHz FDD with 16QAM)

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Although this tablet has a fairly strong uplink LTE EIRP, it is pretty weak on specs with only a dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, low screen resolution, and only single band LTE. For these reasons, this Galaxy Tab should be a budget device.

 

Source: FCC

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No 800Mhz or 2500Mhz LTE support?

 

Unfortunately, no. I'm sure they were planning to make it low-mid range in the first place.

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Why did they release a new model if the old one is practically the same? Lol

 

Like the article says:

 

(All specs are subject to change before official release, as the processor on the Wi-Fi only model is 1.2 GHz dual core and it only comes with 8 GB storage.)

 

Hopefully it'll have a few better things, like a better camera and more RAM.

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I was so excited until I found out it was only single band. Samsung, why?!

 

:‘(

 

I personally feel that Sprint did this on purpose, and that by the end of the year, they will release a high-end tablet. But expect the cost to be higher than this tablet.

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That is exactly what Josh wrote.

 

AJ

Okay captain obvious.

It really would be nice to see tabs coming out with AC support and 5GHZ support. Nice article, Good job :)

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Okay captain obvious.

It really would be nice to see tabs coming out with AC support and 5GHZ support. Nice article, Good job :)

It does have 5 GHz. that's the "a" in 802.11 a/b/g/n, the limiting factor is that you can only use the hotspot with 2.4 GHz.

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Why did they release a new model if the old one is practically the same? Lol

Yeah, I don't get samsung at all.  All their tablets seem to be about the same from year to year and they still want to charge you a ridiculous price.  Its the reason why I still use my original tab10.1, which I almost sold to get a nexus 10.  Anyway, I think the next great phablet(note 3 or one max) will fit my smartphone and tablet needs.

 

 

Oh and thanks for the article Josh.

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For the 7 inch tablets, is Samsung sticking with AMOLED?  Or has it shifted over fully to IPS/PLS?

 

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For the 7 inch tablets, is Samsung sticking with AMOLED?  Or has it shifted over fully to IPS/PLS?

 

AJ

 

WSVGA TFT is what is listed on the Samsung page under the Wi-Fi version specs. I'm not sure if thats a AMOLED or what.

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WSVGA TFT is what is listed on the Samsung page under the Wi-Fi version specs. I'm not sure if thats a AMOLED or what.

Its an lcd screen

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TFT is LCD, but it might not even be IPS/PLS. It could be PVA or TN. Wow, if that were the case, this tablet should be free with contract.

AJ

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TFT is LCD, but it might not even be IPS/PLS. It could be PVA or TN. Wow, if that were the case, this tablet should be free with contract.

 

AJ

 

The Screen on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is listed as TFT, and it has gotten generally favorable reviews.... though any 7" display with that resolution is going to look pretty inadequate. 

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So far all the recently released devices have felt underwhelming to me. I am beginning to think that the manufacturers also feel there is no point in releasing higher end devices until they can release them with the newer bands since those of us who would consider buying a more expensive model will be looking for that.

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So far all the recently released devices have felt underwhelming to me. I am beginning to think that the manufacturers also feel there is no point in releasing higher end devices until they can release them with the newer bands since those of us who would consider buying a more expensive model will be looking for that.

 

I agree that many devices have been inadequate, but I feel that the GS4 was an adequate spec'd phone, and the G2 is definitely a high end phone, and I'm glad that LG is finally trying to build good phones. I hope that Samsung releases a Galaxy Tab 3 10" size with high end specs.

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Knowing how the Tab 3 7" compares to the Tab 3 8" & 10.1" tablets, the difference is night and day for the looks and feel.  But remember, the 7" tablet is seen as a budget device that will have many of the features samsung has been popular for (including the IR blaster & micro SD).  The 7" is bulky compared to its larger brothers, and defiantly does not share the decent specks of the others, but then it is listed at 199.99... so what were we expecting.  Usually the cellular versions retail for about 130 more than the wifi versions, due to the additional parts and lower sales volume.  It would be reasonable for sprint to offer this tab for $99 with signing a 2yr contract, although I would not want to be tied to this tablet for 2yrs.  

 

One thing I will say is that using the tablet in the store, it is not choppy or slow, but lacks the real 'zing' that the more expensive tablets have.   I believe that as we have seen with the phones, you do not need a speck-killer to have a decent experience anymore, and unless you are a power-user, the performance will be adequate for most basic users that just want to check their email & facebook in the park.  

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