Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite officially wades into 7-inch budget tablet territory

Samsung has officially announced the Samung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, expanding its line-up of Android tablets in order to appeal to the budget 7-inch tablet sector. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite's official specifications tally with those that were previously published by Samsung Poland.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has middling specs: with a 1.2GHz dual-core chipset and 1GB of RAM, this isn't going to be the snappiest tablet around.

The 7-inch display offers a resolution of 1024 x 600, which isn't going to give you the sort of crisp visuals that you'd get from the Nexus 7's 1920 x 1080 pixels. The camera on the rear has a 2-megapixel sensor and there's no front-facing camera, so you're not going to be making Skype calls on the move.

In terms of internal storage the Tab 3 Lite comes with 8GB, although this can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD. The Lite status is very much on the spec sheet, as this 7-incher weights 310g, so it's heavier that the regular 7-inch Tab 3 and the dimensions are 116.4 x 193.4 x 9.7mm.

It launches on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so it's a little behind the times in Android terms, but you'll get lots of Samsung customisation over the top, thanks to TouchWiz and Samsung's clever software additions.

There will be versions of the Tab 3 Lite offering Wi-Fi only or a 3G connectivity and other connections include Bluetooth 4 and GPS. There's a 3600mAh battery, which also sounds a little on the light side. It will be available in black or white versions.

With Lite in the name and looking light on the specs, we're expecting a price to match. There's no official confirmation of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite UK price, but we'd expect it to be around £100. We'll update as soon as we have confirmation.