Two Galaxy Tab A budget-friendly tablets come to the US

Samsung is bringing two low-budget tablets to the US. The new slates come with either an 8-inch or a 9.7-inch screen, the larger with pen support.

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Samsung is the leader in the Android tablet world with models of several sizes and prices. Those looking for a capable Samsung tablet that is easy on the wallet now have two new choices.

The Galaxy Tab A line was first introduced outside the US and offers a balance of price and value. They will be available in the US on May 1 in two different sizes and prices. Samsung has managed to cram some goodness inside these tablets starting at only $229.99.

Hardware specs:

Galaxy Tab A 8 Galaxy Tab A 9.7
CPU 1.2GHz quad core 1.2GHz quad core
Display 8-inch, 1024x768 9.7-inch, 1024x768
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop
Memory/ storage 1.5GB/ 16GB 2GB/ 16GB
Pen support No Yes
microsSD support Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Cameras Front/ rear: 2MP/ 5MP Front/ rear: 2MP/ 5MP
Battery 4,200 mAh; 13 hours 6,000 mAh; 15 hours
Dimensions 208.4 x 137.9 x 7.5 mm 242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5 mm
Weight 314g 450g
Price $229.99 $299.99

Both of the tablets offer decent battery life, with Samsung's claims of 13 hours and 15 hours for the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models, respectively. The larger tablet has 2GB of system RAM while the smaller one comes with 1.5GB.

In addition to the memory and size differences, the 9.7-inch Tab A comes with S-pen support. S-Pen is Samsung's pen and software that are the main draw of the more expensive Galaxy Note line of phones and tablets. Having it included on an inexpensive tablet is a first, and a good value at this price point.

The Galaxy Tab A tablets can be preordered from Samsung online according to the company. On May 1 they will be available for purchase online from Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers.