Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) Announced In Vietnam
Samsung have announced a new 2017 variant of an existing Android tablet family, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017). This is an entry level Android tablet currently only announced for the Vietnam market. It’s likely to be released elsewhere around the world, but Samsung haven’t yet said when this might happen. The tablet is available in Black and Gold colours and is priced at an equivalent of around £180 in the UK or $240 in the USA for the LTE-equipped model.
On paper, the entry level Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) has a disappointing specification. It’s based around the quad-core, entry level Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, clocked at up to 1.4 GHz. There’s 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. The IPS LCD panel is 8.0-inches in size and 1,280 by 800 resolution. There is a 5MP camera on the front and an 8MP unit on the back, which boasts a LED flash and f/1.9 aperture, just in case anybody actually uses their tablet as a camera. Customers benefit from a generous-sounding 5,000 mAh internal battery. Android 7.1 Nougat runs the show, which means it supports features such as advanced notifications and side-by-side split screen applications. Android Nougat is hobbled under Samsung’s awful TouchWiz interface, and I wouldn’t expect the device to receive timely software updates or security patches (if at all). Samsung are also still using the microUSB port rather than the newer USB Type-C connector and there’s no word if the device supports any sort of fast charging technology
Although the Snapdragon 425 doesn’t sound like much, it has the necessary GPU muscle to drive the display, and in other smartphones and tablets is also also a power efficient chip. It also has an important advantage: good connectivity. Samsung is leveraging this to provide the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) with both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and an optional LTE modem with support for many different bands. There’s Bluetooth 4.2 for short range communications, and for location services, the tablet comes with both GPS and GLONASS. I wouldn’t expect this particular tablet to offer anything special, and it won’t satisfy customers who want to play demanding games. For everybody else, if you can tolerate the Samsung interface, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) has the advantage that it should be easy to buy accessories, and it’s an inoffensive smaller tablet.
SOURCE [Phone Radar]