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Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder said a hit smartphone traditionally hasn’t led buyers to get a tablet from the same manufacturer. He believes Samsung will get a bigger boost from its new mini-stores inside U.S. Best Buy locations. Having a retail environment it can control bridges some of the gap with Apple, which has its own stores.

“Whether you buy it online or in person, people want to touch and feel these products,” Gownder said.

Samsung has declined to challenge the iPad on screen resolution. The new tablets have the same resolution as older models, leaving them well behind the iPad and even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The 10-inch tablet has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, compared with 1920 by 1080 for the phone. The smartphone packs in three times more detail in a square inch than the tablet does. (The 8-inch Tab 3 does, however, have a slightly higher screen resolution than the iPad Mini, the closest Apple equivalent.)

Analyst Jeff Orr at ABI Research said that the new Samsung tablets aren’t “groundbreaking in any particular direction,” it shows the South Korean company is honing a strategy that’s been successful in smartphones: producing a wide variety of devices for different customer segments.

“Samsung has certainly shown how that can be accomplished with handsets, and I see more of that occurring now with the Galaxy Tab 3 announcement,” Orr said.

With the new models, Samsung will have five tablets on sale in the U.S., compared to two at Apple. In addition, Samsung sells the Galaxy Note II, a phone-tablet crossover device.

The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. That’s a significant win for the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker, which has been trying to break into the market for cellphone and tablet chips now that PC sales are slumping. Other smartphones and tablets run chips made by a variety of companies, all based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC, a British company.

Cuba

Cuba accuses US of training dissidents via Internet.

Cuba accused the United States Friday of supplying opponents of the government with the technological means to access the Internet as part of an effort to “subvert the constitutional order.”The accusation, leveled in a foreign ministry statement, comes amid a simmering dispute over the jailing of American contractor Alan Gross three years ago for distributing laptops and electronic gear to members of the island’s Jewish community.

It also follows the growing international prominence of Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, whose prize-winning Generation Y blog has often questioned Cuba’s communist regime.

The foreign ministry said US diplomats were “promoting, advising, instructing, training, financing and supplying (government opponents) with diverse media and technology.”

“Diplomats from that office are permanently inciting these people … to undertake provocative actions … and act against the Cuban constitutional order,” it said in the statement published in the official newspaper Granma.

The US Interest Section “has gone to the extreme of undertaking training tasks, establishing illegal Internet centers in its offices to provide training and courses to people … in flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention.”

The United States and Cuba broke off diplomatic relations in 1961, but have maintained interest sections in each other’s capitals for the past three decades to provide consular services and deal with bilateral issues.

The US Interests Section and some European embassies offer dissidents free access to the Internet to compensate for the sparse access existing on the island.

Cuba “will use all legal mechanisms within its reach to defend its sovereignty and to ensure respect for the Cuban people and the laws of the country,” the foreign ministry said.