Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Released July, 2013
  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Combine the high price, poor performance and below par build quality, and it's hard to find any reason to recommend this new Samsung Tab.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
7.5 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0


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GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

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How long will the battery last

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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

geekbench Processor and memory performance

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Nexus 7 II

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

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4.1 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
15.8 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

It's a joy to pick up, and when you handle the whole range together, the 8-inch tablet starts to make sense.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


When it comes to music on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, it's a similar story to video in that Samsung has replicated the functionality of Google Music with its own Music Hub.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
That's a solid score, and while it's certainly not the longest-lasting tablet out there, it's suitable for watching movies or playing games while.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
When talking and boasting about all the great apps you have, Samsung owners can share them directly, so you can 'send' apps to a friend, rather than directing them to Google Play.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)


We love the fact it can be held in one hand yet still packs an extra inch of screen real estate, and we'd hazard to say that it's more attractive than the new Nexus 7, if perhaps not the iPad mini.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The physical size is great for reading and the screen is sharp enough to be clearly legible.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
While Apple is still strong here with the iPad mini, the lack of a Retina display and high price-tag means there's an opportunity to make an impression.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Operating system

The splashes of 'my first tablet' primary colours combine to make the operating system look a little dated, but it still gets the job done well.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The OS is daubed in Samsung's own TouchWiz interface, offering the distinctive Samsung Galaxy look that's become synonymous with this family of devices.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
While many of the software innovations have followed on from the Galaxy S4, so has the plasticky design on the back.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Operating System

It's really a matter of taste, but we still feel that stock Android has the aesthetic edge compared to TouchWiz.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is of course daubed with Samsung's own TouchWiz interface that's become synonymous with the Galaxy brand.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
As you'd expect with an Android tablet, the normal video formats are catered for with H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV and DivX all supported.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)


We were pretty surprised when we found out that Samsung was only packing a dual-core chip on this third generation tablet, and there's a clear gulf in performance.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The benchmark scores vindicate our criticism of Samsung's choice of using a dual-core chip.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
It's largely down to the processor not having the cores to handle all of the demands on the system.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 188 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz

form factor

Weight 319 g
Size 123.8 x 209.8 x 7.4 mm
Thickness 7.4 mm
Battery life 7.3 hour


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1.5 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP


Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor Yes
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