The Samsung Galaxy Tab A was officially announced during a press conference in Russia – albeit a little quietly. The tablet will come in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants with a 4:3 ratio display on both models, a first for Samsung’s Android tablets. Don’t hold your breaths though – this isn’t an iPad killer from Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will feature a screen with resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels on both variants, giving the 8-inch model a 160ppi display and the 9.7-inch a 132ppi display – not quite ground-breaking for a 2015 tablet. Under the hood, it has a 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor (purportedly a Snapdragon 410) with 2GB RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage and support for expansion via microSD up to 128GB cards. On the front, it has a 2MP camera while the rear has a 5MP camera. The 8-inch model will have a 4,200mAh battery whereas the 9.7-inch model will have a larger 6,000mAh battery. The new Samsung tablets measures in at 7.5mm thin and will feature built-in wireless charging.
In terms of pricing, the 8-inch model will be priced between 16,990 to 18,990 Rubles (about RM1,028 – RM1,149) for the Wi-Fi variant, while the LTE variant will be priced between 20,990 to 22,990 Rubles (about RM1,270 – RM1,390). As for the 9.7-inch model, the Wi-Fi model will be priced between 20,990 to 22,990 Rubles (about RM1,270 – RM1,390) while the LTE model will be selling for a price tag between 24,990 to 26,990 Rubles (about RM1,511 – RM1,633).
Given the rather discreet launch, it may be some time before the Galaxy Tab A hits other international markets.