Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Now Available for $160 – a Ridiculous Price

The samsung-galaxy-tab-3-lite[1]rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is now available in the US. A number of stores including NeweggStaples, and Best Buy  are selling this tablet for $160.

Yes, $160. Apparently I was wrong to expect that this tablet would cost $99 or $119; when I bought and reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, I lucked into a sale. That tablet has since gone back up to $179.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has a few details in common with the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, but in general it uses cheaper components. This tablet has the same amount of storage (8GB), a microSD card slot, Wifi, Bluetooth, but that’s about all it has in common with its expensive cousin. The screen resolution is the same (1024 x 600), but the Lite tablet has a lower quality TN screen and not the higher quality screen found on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.


This tablet has a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell CPU, and not an Exynos CPU. Samsung also shaved cost by dropping one of the 2 speakers found on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, and they scaled back on the cameras. The Lite model has only a single camera (2MP rear camera) rather than the 3.1MP and 1.3MP camera found on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

In terms of software, Samsung ships the Lite model with Android 4.2, which is slightly newer than the Android 4.1 found on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. Samsung is notorious for not updating their mobile devices, so there’s probably no chance that either tablet will ever run Kitkat (not without a 3rd party firmware, in any case).

Neither tablet presents a good value, but I suppose that Samsung will still sell a few units. But I wouldn’t buy one. I’ve found tablets with $99 price tags that were a better value –  the HP Mesquite, for example. That tablet had an impressive battery life, decent construction, and is my choice for the sub-$99 market.

I found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to be a very pretty tablet that was flaky and unstable, and performed poorly. I couldn’t justify recommending the tablet when it cost $139, and that goes double now that it costs $179.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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