Over the past few years, Samsung’s Tab A range has been one of the few options for those looking for an affordable Android tablet. The company will launch the Tab A8 in the United States early next year. It’s not a great update, but it does offer a handful of improvements over its predecessor. According to Samsung, the new model has an “extended” 10.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a TFT panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200.
Internally, the Tab A8 has an octa-core processor that’s 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 662’s CPU that came with its predecessor. In addition to a 3 GB base model, Samsung will also offer a 4 GB version of the tablet. The faster processor should make the device look snappier, especially if you go for the model with more RAM. For photos and videos, the Tab A8 comes with an 8-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
As for storage, the Tab A8 comes standard with 32GB, but you can also configure the tablet with up to 128GB of internal storage, a first for the product line. If you need more storage space, you can add up to 1 TB of additional storage space via an included microSD slot. Everything is powered by a 7,040 mAh cell. Samsung didn’t share a battery life estimate, but last year we did found the tab A7, with the same battery capacity, could last for 11 hours and 30 minutes in a video rundown test. The Tab A8 supports up to 15 W fast charging, but only comes with a slower 7.75 W power supply unit. It keeps the headphone jack from last year’s models and you can expect it to ship with Android 11.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 will hit shelves in the US next month. Samsung will offer the tablet in three colors: gray, silver and rose gold. The company did not provide any pricing information. For context, the predecessor to the Tab A8 started at $ 230 – though you could often find it on sale for less.
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