Mobile Devices

August 27, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Coming Soon to South Korea

The idea of children—even babies—using tablets isn't exactly a new one, but it has landed its share of controversy, especially from those who believe there should be no screen time at all for any child under two. Samsung, however, is stepping right into the kids' market—though not necessarily those under two—with its new Galaxy Tab 3 Kids model, a breed of tablet specifically designed for the youngsters.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is, essentially, a rebranded—not to mention very much repainted—Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. It's packing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, backed up by a full gigabyte of RAM, eight gigabytes of storage, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a slate of connectivity options including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and near field communications (NFC), all running Android 4.1—or “Jelly Bean” for those who prefer the snack-based nickname—and showing off the results on a seven inch WSVGA display with a 1024 x 600 resolution.

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It hasn't been specifically ruggedized, but there are still measures taken against the normal inclinations of tots with a protective cover to wrap around the edges. That cover provides a note of protection against drop and some impact damages. There are also several color options to best suit use by small children, and a set of parental controls built in so that specific actions can't be undertaken on the tablet as well as some content specifically geared toward kids.

The current word suggests that this will be released in South Korea, though it's unclear as yet whether it will go anywhere else, or if those who want in on the kid-friendly tablet action will need to check with an importer to get hands on one of these. Also unclear is the release date—even in South Korea—and the accompanying price tag that will be on such a release. It stands to reason, however, that the release schedule will depend largely on the results of the South Korean trade. If the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids edition does well in South Korea, then it will likely make its way to other markets.

Kid-friendly tablets aren't new, really; several models have been released with a wide variety of colors, styles, and internal specs. But the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids edition does seem pretty potent for a kids' tablet, and looks reasonably competitive with even some “fully-grown” tablet models like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. With some of the details on this one still as yet blank, and some chance that it may never get out of South Korea, there will likely be better tablets on hand for those who want to introduce tablet computing to children. But if this one does emerge, and can do so at a decent price, it may be able to find a following outside of the Korean peninsula.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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