Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab A last year with it’s all-metal build, S Pen capability, and affordable price. Based on recent leaks, it appears Samsung could release an updated version of the popular Tab with a few notable changes. Here’s everything we know so far.
Will there be an S Pen?
While previous reports indicated that the new device wouldn’t come with S Pen support, most recent rumors indicate the opposite. In fact, an image leaked by SamMobile shows what could be the new Galaxy Tab A with the S Pen in all of its glory.
Previously, it was thought that S Pen support would be eliminated this year. German site WinFuture, which leaked specs for the device, doesn’t mention it, nor did one appear in leaked images until now. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be included, though. Many press images from last year didn’t show the S Pen either. It’s also possible that Samsung could offer the S Pen on the larger models only.
German site WinFuture suggests this year’s Galaxy Tab A will have a 7-inch version. Last year’s Tab A had only 8-inch and 9.7-inch varieties, but it’s unclear whether Samsung will offer those sizes again. The 7-inch version could have a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which would be an upgrade over the 1,024 x 766 pixels found on last year’s models.
More importantly, it appears Samsung is back to the more widescreen 16:10 ratio, as opposed to the 4:3 ratio found on last year’s models.
The leakster also reports the 7-inch version will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475, which will come with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. A MicroSD slot will be available for those who need extra storage.
The rear camera is expected to be 5-megapixels, while the front-facer could be 2-megapixels.
The 7-inch version could have a 4,000mAh battery, but Samsung would likely fit bigger batteries in the larger models if offered.
Lastly, Samsung is expected to offer the 7-inch version in both Wi-Fi and LTE varieties. The Wi-Fi model will have the SM-T280 model number, while the LTE version will be SM-T285.
Press images of the 7-inch version were leaked by the same German site. Assuming these images are real, it appears the Galaxy Tab A will look very similar to last year’s model, but the shape is more rectangular since the display is widescreen.
The signature home button and capacitive buttons for back and tasks are also present. It’s expected to be offered in both black and white.
Pricing and availability
The rumor is that Samsung will announce the Galaxy Tab A at the Unpacked event on February 21, which is likely to be headlined by both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Last year’s Galaxy Tab A wasn’t launched until April 2015, so it’s possible the company might follow that same timeline this year.
As for pricing, the 7-inch model will supposedly cost €169 ($188) for the Wi-Fi model and €219 ($244) for the LTE model.
Updated on 31-08-2016 by Christian de Looper: Added leaked image with S Pen.