With the launching of the Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021) model, Samsung has revamped its cheap Galaxy Tab A tablet line. The new tablet has a bigger screen, better performance, and more multitasking options. It is designed for those who work or study from home and can complete simple chores with ease. However, because it’s a mid-range model, don’t expect it to run high-resolution games.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 specifications
In comparison to the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has a 0.1-inch larger display. It has a 10.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. It has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is standard among tablets. In any case, it’s a step forward over the A7, which has a 15:9 aspect ratio. Four Dolby Atmos speakers provide a truly immersive audio experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 slate includes built-in entertainment. It comes with Samsung TV Plus, which gives you access to over 200 free channels (live and on-demand, available in select markets). You can also get two months of YouTube Premium for free. Because it may also be used as a work tablet, Samsung has included some productivity-enhancing features. It’s split-screen with floating windows support. In addition, One UI 3.1.1 has a Drag and Split capability. This feature was introduced earlier this year with the super-premium Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip3. It is now making its way to the low-cost tablet. This also means that the smartphone lacks Android 12, however that could change in the coming year with the release of One UI 4.
Samsung is the latest business to use Unisoc chipsets in their mid-tablet. The device is equipped with the Unisoc Tiger 618 processor, which features two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, six Cortex-A55 cores, and a Mali G52 MP2 GPU. As a result, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC on the Galaxy Tab A7 is no longer supported. A new memory option with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage is also available. Of course, there’s also a bargain model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The device includes a micro SD card slot, allowing you to enhance the storage capacity of the budget model.
A 5MP front-facing camera is available for selfies and video calls. There’s even an 8-megapixel primary camera with autofocus. The goal of this product isn’t to snap pictures, but if you do, you won’t be disappointed with the results.
If you need connectivity on the go, there is a version with just Wi-Fi and another with LTE. Both are equipped with Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5. A 3.5 mm headphone connection and a USB C 2.0 port are included in the Wired Connectivity. DeX isn’t supported because it’s a Galaxy Flagship feature. The device is powered by a 7,040 mAh battery that charges in 15 minutes. Even worse, Samsung only provides a 7.5 W charger.
Pricing and Availability
The new slate will be available in Europe later this month. According to Samsung’s branch in The Netherlands, the tablet will cost €230. Other regions and the US will get it in January. The tablet comes in Gray, Silver, and Pink Gold Color.