Samsung is stepping up its tablet efforts with its latest mid-range offering, the Galaxy Tab A.
From the specs on offer, it looks like the Galaxy Tab A series is the successor to the Galaxy Tab 4, with the change in naming convention a result of Samsung's simplification of its product range. The Galaxy Tab A series will be available in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants, with displays offering a 4:3 ratio like the Nexus 9. The tablets will be priced in the €300 ($318) segment and offered in blue and color variants. The Galaxy Tab A feature a metallic design as well as support for wireless charging.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Tab A series will include displays with a resolution of 1024 x 768, 1.2GHz Cortex A53 CPU (most likely Snapdragon 410), 5MP camera at the back, 2MP front camera, 1.5GB RAM, at least 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot and a 4,200mAh battery on the 8-inch version and 6,000 mAh on the 9.7-inch model. The tablets will have a thickness of 7.5mm.
As for pricing:
The 8-inch and 9.7-inch Tab A's will go on sale in Russia next month; the 8-inch will be priced at around 16,990 – 18,990 rubles and 20,990 – 22,990 rubles for the Wi-Fi and LTE variants, while the 9.7-inch variants will cost around 20,990 – 22,990 rubles and 24,990 – 26,990 rubles for the Wi-Fi and LTE models.
The metallic design of the tablets as well as the inclusion of wireless charging — particularly in mid-range tablets — signifies Samsung's change in direction and the manufacturer's decision to use higher-quality materials in its products. There's no word yet on when we'll see these tablets making their way to global markets yet, but more details should be forthcoming over the coming weeks.