Samsung unveiled its new lineup of Tablet devices named as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, in Russia today. We were puzzled at how subtle the unveiling was, given the fact that Samsung has always been known for the way it holds big events for new releases.
There were two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A launched with the major difference being the screen size; one with an 8 inch screen while the other one is a 9.7 inch screen. The combination does seem very similar to Apple’s combination for the iPad.
Both the variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices sport a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is a first for Samsung since all its earlier Tabs were based on the 16:9 format. It is also expected that Samsung would follow a similar trend with its Galaxy Tab S lineup of devices.
The screen resolution of both the devices is set at 1024 x 768 pixels despite the fact that the 9.7 inch screen is larger than the 8 inch Tab and not to mention, 1024 x 768 is pretty low by today’s standards even for an 8 inch display. The lower resolution results in lower pixel density, the bigger 9.7 inch screen has a pixel density of 130 ppi, while the 8 inch one has a pixel density of 160 ppi.
Under the hood, both the tablets rock a quad core chipset clocked in at 1.2 GHz, and we expect this to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC. There is also 1.5 GB of RAM available for the regular version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A while there will also be a Plus version which will be rocking 2 GB of RAM. Internal memory on both the devices will be a measly 16 GB which can be expanded up to 128 GB through the available MicroSD slot.
The smaller 8 inch variant is supposed to feature a 4,200 mAh battery while the bigger 9.7 inches will feature a 6,000 mAh battery. Samsung claims that both the Tabs will last at least for 10 hours of normal usage. The 9.7 inch variant is also quoted to feature dual speakers over the single speaker arrangement of the 8 inch one, but it is not clear if the dual speakers are stereo or just louder mono speakers.
The camera arrangement on both the variants are listed to feature a 5 megapixels rear camera while the front camera will be a modest 2 megapixels. Both the tablets sport a relatively new design when compared to the older Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 model, the back also looks like its metal and they are relatively thin at 7.5 mm. Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab A versions also feature built in wireless chargers.
The wifi version of the 8 inch device will be available within the price range of $275 and $307 while the LTE enable variant will be available for around $370. Samsung is also generous enough to simplify the math by a easily understandable trend in its pricing, the 9.7 inch variants will cost around $65 more than the similarly capable 8 inch version.
Written by Abhishek for The Wheels and Chips Journal
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