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.
|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|
|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|
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.