Remember the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite? Originally announced in early 2014, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite represented Samsung’s attempt to capture the budget section of the Android tablet market. It must have sold relatively well, because Samsung might give the tablet another go in 2016.
The rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite was first spotted by India’s Zauba, a website that tracks products coming into and leaving India. It was identified as the SM-T116IR, which came into India for testing and evaluation. For reference, the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 3 Lite was the SM-T1110, while the Wi-Fi and 3G version carried the model number SM-T111.
These samples aren’t meant for widespread use, which means they will be destroyed once they return to South Korea, though each of them carries a $104 price tag. That doesn’t mean the refreshed Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will sell for that much if, or when, it will be released, though it’s an indicator of its budget status.
Further cementing that status are specifications released through GFXBench, a benchmark test that reveals the internals of a specific product. According to the benchmark, the alleged Galaxy Tab 3 Lite refresh will pack the same 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 resolution display found on the original. Where things differ is with the internals, with the refresh powered by the quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor — the same processor that powers the Moto G 2015. This should be a nice boost from the dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell processor found in the original Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.
In addition, the refreshed Galaxy Tab 3 Lite could include 1.5GB of RAM, a nice bump from the 1GB of RAM found in the original, with the new model reportedly packing a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back. Finally, it looks like Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will run the show on the refreshed Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, while the original only went as far as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Unfortunately, this is all we have on the rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite refresh, as Samsung has yet to officially announce the tablet. We have reached out to Samsung and will update when we hear back.