Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 review: Third time's the charm

GSMArena team, 5 July 2013.
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Tags: Samsung, Android

S Voice and Google Now

S Voice is Samsung's answer to Apple's Siri and Google's own Voice Actions - it can be used to initiate or answer a call, dictate text, play music, open an app, change a setting, make a memo (including voice memo), add a reminder, schedule an event, set or snooze an alarm or timer, check the weather, do a search on the internet, take a photo, look for local listings (e.g. nearby restaurants) and even get an answer to a question.

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S Voice

Naturally, being a Jelly Bean smartphone, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 also comes with Google Now.

Google Now integrates with your Google account and can access your daily routine, internet searches, email, etc. and give you information relevant to your interests and daily needs.

It provides traffic information to your work or home, knows those scores of sports teams you follow, has the weather forecast for your location and can even tell you who Kevin Spacey is.

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Google Now

With the latest Android update, Google Now also has its own separate widget on the homescreen.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM and a PowerVR SXG544MP2 GPU. We haven't seen an Atom processor running on an Android-powered Samsung tablet yet, so we were quite eager to see how it performs.

Benchmark Pi tests raw CPU performance regardless of cores, and it's obvious that Intel's architecture just isn't able to stand up to the likes of Exynos and Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoCs, as it comes out last in this test.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    132
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    262
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    264
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • Google Nexus 10
    350
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    359
  • Nexus 4
    431
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    488

In Linpack, the Tab 3 10.1 isn't quite able to jump over the hump into flagship territory, like the higher-spec'd Sony Xperia Tablet Z, but it does outperform the Google Nexus 10. Geekbench 2, however, shows it's significantly behind the pack.

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    631
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    588
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    222
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214
  • Nexus 4
    213
  • HTC One X+
    177
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    176
  • Google Nexus 10
    172

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    3227
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • HTC One
    2708
  • Google Nexus 10
    2543
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2200
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2173
  • HTC Butterfly
    2143
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    1995
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • iPhone 5
    1601
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1130

AnTuTu and Quadrant measure overall system performance by throwing in GPU, RAM, storage and more into the mix. Results here were markedly better than those, which tested only the CPU, especially in AnTuTu, where the Tab 3 10.1 was only beaten by the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    24716
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    24236
  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    20743
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    20216
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    20056
  • HTC Butterfly
    19513
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Google Nexus 10
    12695

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    7912
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    7215
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    5864
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5450
  • Nexus 4
    4567
  • Google Nexus 10
    4385

GLBenchmark 2.5 puts the graphics processor to the test, and the device again falls towards the lower end of the charts when offscreen fps are measured. Epic Citadel, on the other hand, measures the performance of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 at its native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and posts some good numbers, beating out the former Galaxy S III flagship.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPad 4
    54.4
  • Google Nexus 10
    40
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    40
  • HTC One
    34
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    32
  • Asus Padfone 2
    31
  • Oppo Find 5
    30
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    29
  • Sony Xperia Z
    29
  • LG Optimus G
    29
  • HTC Butterfly
    27.9
  • Apple iPhone 5
    27
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    26
  • Nexus 4
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15
  • HTC One X+
    12
  • HTC One X
    9

GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    7.0

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    57.1
  • HTC One
    56.4
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    56.4
  • Sony Xperia Z
    55.6
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    55.4
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    54.2
  • Nexus 4
    53.9
  • Asus Padfone 2
    53.4
  • LG Optimus G
    52.6
  • Google Nexus 10
    52.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    43.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    41.3
  • Oppo Find 5
    38.6

When it comes to internet browsing performance, our web browser benchmarks offer mixed results. SunSpider shows decent but not spectacular JavaScript performance, while Browsermark 2, which is dedicated to performing HTML 5 tests, has the Tab 3 10.1 towards the top of the list. Vellamo, which is a combination of both, places the device towards the middle of its chart.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    810
  • Samsung Ativ S
    891
  • Apple iPhone 5
    915
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    910
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    972
  • HTC One X+
    1001
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1011
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    1059
  • HTC One
    1124
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1192
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1233
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    1290
  • Sony Xperia Z
    1336
  • LG Optimus G
    1353
  • HTC Butterfly
    1433
  • Google Nexus 10
    1462
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    1629
  • Nexus 4
    1971

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2438
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    2363
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2107
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1801
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Google Nexus 10
    1773
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2265
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2186
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2060
  • Google Nexus 10
    1929
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
    1777
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Nexus 4
    1310
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