Samsung has introduced two new Galaxy Tab A slates come in 8.0″ and 9.7″ tablet sizes, and Samsung is shaping-up its Android tablets right now. Years after manufacturers preferring models that mirrored their smartphone offerings wwith widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 displays, there’s however been a recent push towards the squarer 4:3 screens long assosiated with Apple’s iPad lineup. Followed by the Nexus 9 and Nokia N1 in the recent times, and earlier this year Samsung made its own foray into the field with the 4:3 ratio Galaxy Tab A. Announced first in Russia, this time hits the United States market, as Samsung shares word of the start of pre-orders. More details on the iPad-esque Galaxy Tab A models can be grabbed right after this break.
Samsung Electronics America announced two new tablet series that are coming to market in the US. Samsung is marketing them as tablets that are well optimized for keeping in touch with friends and family. The Galaxy Tab A with 8-inch screen and the Galaxy Tab A with 9.7-inch display got some great hardware inclusions.
Pre-orders for both the 9.7-and 8″ Galaxy Tab A has began in the United States, available directly from Samsung or through retail partners. Prices are even lower than initially suggested by that Russian launch, with a pair set to see in the US for just $230 and $300, respectively.
Wait! Here you always have a big deal, also with a bundle for the larger Tab A with a Samsung S Pen, adding $50 to the cost, though not available until mid-May.
Both the Samsung tablets have very similar specifications. With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 under the hood, paired with 1.5GB of RAM, and flaunts 1024×768 pixels resolution screens. Only difference would be the display sizes.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7″ and 8-inch Tablet Key Features
- Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016) 4x 1.2GHz Cortex A53,
400MHz Adreno 306 GPU
- 16/32GB NAND + MicroSDXC, 1.5GB RAM
- 8.0″ 1024×768 PLS LCD (208.4 x 137.9 x 7.5mm, 313g)
- 9.7″ 1024×768 PLS LCD (242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5mm, 449g)
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 5MP Rear Facing, 2MP Front Facing
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0, microUSB2.0
- 128 GB Expandable Memory
- 6000mAh Battery
- 4200 mAh (15.96 Whr)
Both the models in the United States are available in White, Titanium, and Blue finishes. The 8.0″ model costs at $229, while the 9.7″ model costs $299. There will also be a version of the 9.7″ model with Samsung’s S-pen included for $349. Samsung has allotted a new app partnership with Microsoft, where the new tablets will come with Microsoft Office for Android applications pre-installed, and buyers will reveive a 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years.