The Galaxy Tab A has been whispered about for the last several weeks, and now it's official... at least in Russia. Samsung's newest tablets are slotting into the space previously occupied by the Galaxy Tab 4 line, so they're mid-range devices. However, it's important to note these tablets have 4:3 screens like the Nexus 9 or the iPad. That makes them instantly more interesting in my opinion.
There are 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab A. Both will have a resolution of just 1024x768, though. Inside will be a 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 chip (presumably the Snapdragon 410), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot, and a 5MP camera. The smaller tablet has a 4200mAh battery and the larger is packing 6000mAh. The versions announced in Russia include LTE options as well.
These devices have metal frames with wireless charging built-in. They're only 7.5mm thick and weigh in at 320/457 grams. The tablets will run Android 5.0 with TouchWiz. We don't know when or if they'll be available globally, but at the very least this shows the direction Samsung is going with tablets. The Russian prices start at $274 for the 8-inch WiFi and go as high as $436 for the 8.9-inch with LTE.
- Sam Mobile