Samsung is also adding a new tablet to its lineup today, joining the Galaxy Tab S4, is the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. This is another 10.5-inch tablet from Samsung, but it’s much cheaper and more of a mid-range option from the company. The resolution of that 10.5-inch display is 1920×1200, making it a 16:10 aspect ratio, unlike its recent smartphones. Unlike the higher-end Galaxy Tab S4, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a LCD display, so you won’t be getting the rich colors that an AMOLED panel would provide. That is also what makes the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 about half the price.
Inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5, there is a Snapdragon 450 chipset, with is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Samsung has also kept the micro SD card slot here, so you can expand that 32GB of storage, in case it’s not enough. There is a 7300mAh capacity battery inside, which will be recharged via USB-C. And finally, it is running on Android 8.1 Oreo with the latest version of Samsung Experience. It is, surprisingly, running a later version of Android than the Galaxy A6 that was also announced today. Neither is launching with Android 9 Pie, which isn’t a huge surprise. But Samsung will be upgrading them to Android Pie in the future. Of course, no specific dates have been given yet.
While the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 does not have an AMOLED panel, it is still made for consuming media. Samsung has included quad speakers here that are enhanced by Dolby Atmos immersive sound technology. Samsung has also included support for SmartThings, so that you can control your smart home through the tablet. And there is also support for Samsung Kids. Allowing parents to control what their kids are seeing on the tablet, as well as how much time they are spending on the tablet. Now Samsung Kids is not a free service, there is a free seven-day trial and afterwards, the price is $7.99 per month. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is going to be priced at $329, and it goes on sale September 14 from Amazon, Walmart and Samsung.com. There will be LTE versions heading to Verizon and Sprint later this year.