New Samsung tablets mimic Galaxy phones

New Samsung tablets mimic Galaxy phones

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 11: Samsung Galaxy tablets are offered for sale at a Tiger Direct store on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. According to a recent report, sales of personal computers have been experiencing double-digit declines as consumers look toward tablets and smart phones to fill their computing needs. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

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.

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