Android tablets can be a tough sell. With phone screens as stupid-big as they are these days, and laptops as light and portable as you'll find, tablets have been feeling a little shouldered-out. But even as they face fierce competition, they still shine at tasks like media consumption and video conferencing. There are quite a few solid offerings in the Android space to choose from, with Samsung really dominating. Last month we saw the company introduce the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, and today we're getting word of its very affordable retail debut.
Samsung seems to be the only Android manufacturer interested in premium tablets. Incidentally, it also had a major hit with last year's Galaxy S20 FE, offering flagship specs with cheaper materials and a few cut corners. So now, after a whole lot of leaks, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is official. Samsung also announced the Tab A7 Lite, for the less lucrative but far wider market of budget tablets.
Samsung has continued to impress with its regular security updates lately, but while flagships and new phones tend to get monthly patches, many cheaper or older devices get them less often. Samsung updated its security schedule this week, relegating some phones and tablets to less frequent support.
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As things stand, Samsung is your best bet if you're looking to buy an Android tablet. The Galaxy Tab A7 makes for one of the most compelling choices in the budget segment. However, if you want to save even more money and don't mind slightly lesser specs, you may want to wait for Samsung to announce a cheaper variant in the coming months — the Tab A7 Lite.
Samsung checked a lot of right boxes to make the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite one of our favorite affordable tablets from last year. A new leak suggests that the company is working on its follow-up, allegedly named Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, along with a lite version of its already cheap Galaxy Tab A7. Both these tablets are expected to be out this summer.