Samsung updated its affordable Galaxy Tab A tablet with slightly better performance, a slightly larger screen, more storage, and multitasking features to help you work or study from home.
the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021) upgrades to a 10.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200px. That’s a 16:10 aspect ratio, which means the screen has a bit more vertical space compared to the Tab A7’s 10.4-inch 15: 9 screen. As before, there are four Dolby Atmos compatible speakers for an immersive audio experience.
The new Tab A8 slate comes with built-in entertainment – Samsung TV Plus offers streaming of over 200 free channels (live and on demand, available in select markets), you also get 2 months of YouTube Premium for free .
But it can also be a work tablet, with split-screen multitasking and floating windows. Also, it supports Drag and divide of One UI 3.1.1 which rolled out to Galaxy 2020 flagships earlier this year. This means that the tablet is launched with Android 11, however.
Galaxy Tab A8 is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 508g
According to Samsung, the new chipset offers 10% higher CPU performance, the GPU is also 10% faster. But the company doesn’t name the chipset. Unofficial information suggests that this is a Unisoc Tiger T618, a 12nm chipset with two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores, plus a Mali G52 MP2 GPU. This replaces the Snapdragon 662 chip of the Tab A7 (11 nm, four Cortex-A73 cores and four A53 cores, Adreno 610).
As with the previous model, the base model comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. This year, a new memory configuration, 4/128 GB, sits above the 4/64 GB option. The microSD slot means you can save money if you don’t need one. quick storage.
If you need to join a video call, there’s a 5MP camera on the front (with a fixed focus lens), plus an 8MP camera on the back (autofocus) for photos and videos.
There will be two versions of the Galaxy Tab A8 – one with Wi-Fi only and one with LTE if you need connectivity on the go. Both have Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5. Wired connectivity includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C 2.0 port (so no DeX support, it’s only for devices of the S series).
The tablet is powered by a 7,040 mAh battery. It supports 15W fast charging, but in the retail package, you will only get a 7.5W charger.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2021) will be available in Europe later this month. According to Samsung’s subsidiary in the Netherlands, the tablet will start at € 230 (roughly the same as last year). The United States and other regions will get it in January. It will be available in Gray, Silver and the new Rose Gold color.