Over the past few weeks there have been many rumors about Samsung launching a new tablet. Today, rather quietly, the company launched a new tablet called the Galaxy Tab A. Don’t expect it to be an Android powerhouse. It’s a mid-range tablet that’s competitively priced and may only be available in selected markets.
Samsung only announced the Galaxy Tab A in Russia today. The company has not said if and when this tablet will arrive in markets like North America. The Tab A will occupy space that was taken up by some of Samsung’s previous tablets like the Galaxy Tab 4.
It was rumored earlier this year that the tablets Samsung will release in 2015 will have a 4:3 aspect ratio. This makes them much more similar to the likes of the iPad and the Nexus 9. The Galaxy Tab A has a 4:3 aspect ratio 8-inch and 9.7-inch display. The displays have a 1,024×768 resolution.
Perhaps Samsung is testing the waters with this mid-ranger before it makes the switch to 4:3 for high-end tablets. These tablets are powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 chip with 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage with support for microSD cards, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. 8-inch and 9.7-inch models have 4,200mAh and 6,000mAh batteries respectively.
LTE support is also present.Samsung Galaxy Tab A supports wireless charging. They have metal frames, keeping in line with Samsung’s recent love affair with metal, the tablets run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Prices in Russia start at over $270 for the 8-inch Wi-Fi model and above $430 for the larger model with LTE.