On Monday, the South Korean tech giant announced that it plans to bring a duo of its latest tablets, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 9.7, to the United States. These digital slates were initially launched in Europe. Now, Samsung is finally bringing them Stateside.
Galaxy Tab A release date
Starting on May 1, the U.S. will officially join the list of countries in which the new tablets will be available. The models? name corresponds to the size of their screen. As such, the 8-inch tablet will be tagged with a $229.99 price while the larger 9.7-inch variant will hit shelves with a higher $299.99 asking price.
Users who?d like to ensure that they?ll be able to get one come May 1 can pre-order both Galaxy Tab A versions right from Samsung?s official online store. They are slated to come in three colors: White, Smoky Blue, and Smoky Titanium.
Specifications: Mid-range features, metal body
A quick browse of these two tablets? specs sheet shows that they have very similar features. Both models are powered Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, are 7.4mm-thin, and pack 1024×768 displays with 4:3 aspect ratios. Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and 9.7 are powered by mid-range quad-core Snapdragon 410 processors form Qualcomm, equipped with 5-megapixel main cameras, 2-magepixel front snappers, 1.5 GB worth of RAM, and 16 GB of built-in & expandable memory.
AnandTech pointed out that the only features that differentiate them from each other are apparently their display size and battery capacity; the Tab A 8.0 sports a 4,200 mAh battery while its bigger sibling has 6,000 mAh. Design-wise, both talbet version have an elegant, full metal chassis–a welcome improvement over Samsung?s other low-cost tablets that are most made with plastic bodies.
For those who?d like to have a quick glance on how the two Galaxy Tab A models compare, take a look at the table below posted by AnandTech. Mobile-centric site GSMArena also has this full comparison chart for Galaxy fans who?d like to have a complete specs check.
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