The Samsung Galaxy Tab A went official a while ago and from the looks of things, it is going to be Samsung's next budget-oriented tablet series. Now, the first Tab A devices are closer to consumer markets than ever.
Both the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and Tab A 8.0 devices will be up for preorder in the US, starting May 1. Both tablets were already officially announced in Russia last month, so we have a pretty thorough idea of their specs sheet.
The Galaxy Tab A tablets are the first to show Samsung's switch to the 4:3 screen ratio, which will reportedly feature in the new generation top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab S models. Both come with an XGA PLS TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and a ppi number of 160 and 132, respectively.
Other than the obvious difference is screen size, the devices share the same, rather modest, specs sheet. Both models are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, presumably within a Snapdragon 410 chipset. The rest of the specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and the bigger one comes with a dual-speaker setup.
The camera setup sounds perfectly adequate as well, especially, considering the budget nature of the tablets. It consists of a 5MP main shooter and a smaller 2MP one on the front. The battery pack also differs depending on screen size. The smaller 8.0-9nch one is equipped with a 4,200mAh, while the 9.7-inch model boasts a significantly more spacious 6,000mAh.
The new Tab A series also come with some advanced features, found in the company's premium Tab S line. These include the famous Multi Window feature, which is invaluable for multitasking and taking full advantage of a bigger screen. It fits perfectly with the Microsoft Office pack and 100GB OneDrive storage that come bundled with the devices. The list of software goodies is long and includes such services as Milk Music, Quick Connect, Smart Switch, and SideSync 4.0. Both tablets also run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, with convenient multi user and parental control features.
As far as pricing goes, the smaller Galaxy Tab A 8.0 comes in White, Smoky Titanium, and Smoky Blue and is priced at $229.99 and the bigger 9.78-inch one will set you back $299.99, with the same choice of paint jobs. There is also a 9.7-inch Titanium version of the tablet, which comes with an S-Pen and a price tag of $349.99. Both devices will be up for preorder across the US from Samsung stores, as well as Best Buy, Amazon, and HH Gregg starting May 1. And the special Titanium version will come around May...