NEW YORK -- Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope of making them a must-have accessory for its smartphone customers.
Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. Devices with 7-, 8- and 10-inch screens will cost $199, $299 and $399, respectively.
The new tablets have the same three buttons on the front as the Galaxy smartphones. Last year's Tab 2 had no physical buttons on the front, as encouraged by Google, which supplies the Android software.
The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. The smaller models use chips based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC.