Samsung are releasing a new version of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, but this version is not aimed at adults, nor for that matter is it aimed at the teenage market, but for kids end of the spectrum. It has a colourful and rugged plastic case and it is clearly aimed purely for children. The Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is basically the same as the standard Galaxy Tab 3, which is due to be unveiled at IFA next week, but replaces the normal TouchWiz software with a child-friendly interface. As well as some pre-loaded educational software along with apps and games, the slate will have access to a dedicated children app store (With massive parental control as standard, presumably to avoid the kids spending in-app purchases and therefore creating huge bills).
A stylus will also be available, allowing your kids to draw and paint. It will also have a time-management feature that locks out the tablet after a certain amount of time. Samsung reckons this is to ensure parents can properly monitor just how much time their children are spending using the device. The tablet itself comes with a chunky plastic case and a combined handle and stand to enable it to be much more hardwearing against a toddlers arsenal of weapons e.g sippy cup etc. There is no current information regarding whether the tablet’s body has been made bigger, or if you will have to use a separate case to stop your child smashing it into a million pieces. From the current information available, it has roughly the same specifications as the standard adult model. The 7-inch screen has a 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution and it is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
It will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rather than the more recent version 4.3, although with the child-friendly software over the top, you will be unlikely to tell much difference at all. The tablet will be launching first in Korea, this September, with a UK release to come later towards the end of the year. Currently there are no pricing details available. Although there are kids tablet computers on the market such as the Leappad 2 learning system from leapfrog, some others are not very well designed. This, however, seems to be a good move by Samsung, as long as they get the pricing right.