Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 confirmed, budget tablet to be released at this year’s IFA

Samsung’s offerings of Android tablets in the market have been the most successful compared to other manufacturers. The company churns out as many tablets as they do phones and this time around, Samsung may be unveiling the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0, which will be the successor to the original Tab A 8.

A file photo of the older Galaxy Tab A 8.0

The speculation for the release of a new tablet by Samsung arose when GFXBench recently listed the Samsung SM-T385 model number that closely resembles what the new Galaxy Tab A 8.0’s model number would look like. The listing shows the specifications of the tab which will include features such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor that will be clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. The device is also touted to come with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. On the display end, the tablet will feature an 8-inch display with a resolution of 800×1280.

A screen grab of the listing indicates that the device will feature a 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera with video recording in 1080p. It is not a big update from the currently available 8-inch model, but will come with the goodness of an updated software package in the form of Android Nougat, which offers true multi-tasking capabilities. It has been speculated that the budget tablet will likely be unveiled at IFA 2017, which will take place in September. While the Tablet A 8.0 is what the listing may suggest the name to be, Samsung may call it something else entirely when it does release, but the possibility is unlikely. The Tab S3 was just launched four months ago and being the more premium tablet launched this year, it was about time that the company launched another tablet for a more budget-oriented audience.

There will not be any extra feature to be expected from the Tab A 8.0, since it is virtually the same in every aspect as its predecessor. Based on the last generation, it can be expected that the tablet could come with two variants – a WiFi only variant and a cellular variant as well. It seems that Samsung is just looking to make the obligated yearly update to its line-up instead of revising different aspects of the hardware and software. The tablet will not come with NFC, but will be functional enough for basic web browsing and media playback functionalities, which is what tablets at this cost are usually used for.


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