Last month Samsung officially announced a new tablet called the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and is now available in the U.S. with a price of $160. The company describes this device as “combining the intuitive experience of the Galaxy Tab3 series with a slimmer, more portable design. Packed with enhanced features and services, the Galaxy Tab3 Lite (7”) provides users a variety of ways to capture, view, listen, create, and share content with others without compromising value.”
Several retailers such as Staples, Newegg, and Best Buy now have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite on stocks. The difference between this model and the regular Galaxy Tab 3 is in its display, which is a TN display panel for the former and a high quality PLS display for the latter. The TN display has terrible viewing angles compared to a PLS display. Both devices also have different cameras. The Tab 3 Lite has a 2MP rear camera with no front facing camera while the Tab 3 has a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. Finally the battery capacity has been reduced in the Lite version which is down to 3600mAh from the 4000mAh battery used by the Tab 3.
One of the key features of the Tab 3 Lite is that it is thinner making it easier to carry around. It also uses Android 4.2 straight out of the box. The regular Tab 3 ran on Android 4.1.
Still, if you had $20 more to spare then it would be better to get the Galaxy Tab 3 instead of the Lite version since you will have a better display and camera.