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Samsung's new tablet is built with your toddler in mind

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Galaxy Tab 3 Kids
Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

Samsung announced today the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a variant of the earlier Galaxy Tab 3 designed specifically with kids in mind. Clad in the brightest yellow you can get and surrounded by an easy-to-grip bright orange bumper, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a fairly low-end device with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display; 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera; and a dual-core processor. It runs Android 4.1, but your kids probably won't ever see that, since Samsung is including its own software layer and app store targeted at children. The Tab 3 Kids also has a Time Management mode, which lets parents set specific time limits for use on the tablet. It doesn't sound much different than the time management features available in the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon.

To accessorize the Tab 3 Kids, Samsung is offering a case option with a handle that can double as a kick stand and has something called the C Pen, which will let children draw on the tablet without worrying about marking up other objects. Naturally, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids in Korea first, with rollouts planned for China, Europe, US, Africa, South America, and South East Asia. Pricing has not been announced, but we wouldn't expect the Tab 3 Kids to be much more expensive than the standard 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3, which is priced at $199.