Samsung has announced two new budget tablets yesterday- Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and 9.7, in a silent event in Russia. Coming under a new series consisting of low-end budget tablets, the two tablets basically have the same specs, except for the display and battery size.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A features a 8.0/9.7-inch 768 x 1024 pixels TFT capacitive display, which has a pixel density of 160/132 ppi respectively, depending upon the display size. The tablet is claimed to be sleek, but the dimensions are not yet known. The tablet will have 16/32 GB of internal memory, and will have the expandable storage option via microSD card upto 128 GB. It has 2 GB RAM, and for the processing power, there will be a chipset on not yet known architecture, complied with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU. For the photography and videography options, this tablet will have a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash which can capture videos upto 1080p @ 30 fps, and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls and selfies. The juice will be provided by a Non-removable Li-Ion 4200/6000 mAh battery. For the connectivity options, there will be LTE support, microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC. The tablet will run on Android 5.0.x Lollipop operating system out of box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI over it. The tablet will be available only in Black or Silver color options.
As the resolution is same, the tablet with larger display will have lower pixel density (this one is pretty bad for both the devices, especially the larger one), but will have the higher battery capacity. Rest of the specs are same, as mentioned above. The tablets will be available in two versions though- one will be the WiFi only model, and another one will be LTE supporting model. The WiFi only model will have 16 GB of internal memory, while the LTE one will have 32 GB.
The 8-inch Galaxy Tab A is priced between RUB16,990 ($275) and RUB18,990 ($307) for the Wi-Fi-only version and RUB20,990 ($340) to RUB22,990 ($372) for the LTE-enabled one, with the premium presumably governed by the 32GB built-in storage. Samsung is making the math simple, and the 9.7-inch model will set you back exactly RUB 4,000 (~65) more on top of an equally specced 8-inch version.