Samsung today announced the launch of its new Galaxy Tab A, a multipurpose tablet that will hit stores across the UK on 21st May. It will be available in both WiFi and LTE versions and a third model with an S-Pen with WiFi will also be available.
Here are five reasons why the Galaxy Tab A will not be the usual Android tablet that we've grown used to over the years.
All new viewing experience
The Galaxy Tab A will be the first tablet from Samsung's almighty stable to feature a 4:3 screen aspect ratio. Seen only in iPads until recently, the new aspect ratio is slowly being taken up by Android devices, beginning with Google's Nexus 9 released late last year.
Devices with 4:3 aspect ratio are much more proportionate, offer more comfortable handling and greater viewing experience in both portrait and landscape orientation than the usual 16:9 ratio which used to be the holy grail of Android tablets until recently.
To complement the ‘Applesque’ display, the Galaxy Tab A will come with a range of premium content via Galaxy Gifts, including free online storage solution OneDrive which gives 115GB of online storage, The Economist and Kindle for Samsung.
The Galaxy Tab A can be configured to cater to multiple users at the same time and can be customised as per the tastes of individual users, including kids.
The Galaxy Tab A will come with an array of kids-specific features like Kids Music, Kids Drawing, Sticker Chart and specific ‘Friends’ and ‘Play’ sections which can be accessed when the tablet is put on Kids mode. This mode can be downloaded through Galaxy Essentials, and will help parents monitor time spent and apps accessed by their kids on the tablet.
Easy file sharing experience
The new tablet will feature SideSync 3.0 which will enable screens, windows and data of the device to be shared seamlessly between tablet and PC monitor. Through Sidesync, you will be able to move call notifications, texts and all types of files to your monitor.
Office on your tablet
The Galaxy Tab A will let you access and store data in a comprehensive Microsoft suite which includes Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft OneDrive. Ranging from photos, videos, movies and e-books to official documents, the ease of access and storage will ensure you won't really miss the good old office laptop.
Specially configured Galaxy Tab As will also be available with S-Pen functionality and WiFi network with Multi User mode. The S-Pen could turn out to be a very handy feature, allowing users to make mouse-like selections to easily select and move contents, and also make use of the 'Smart Select' option to capture images and extract texts.
A full list of specifications for all Galaxy Tab A variants is listed below.
Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (Wi-Fi)
9.7” XGA TFT
APQ8016 (Quad 1.2GHz)
1.5GB(RAM) + 16GB
microSD up to 128GB
5.0MP AF rear (main) camera + 2.0MP front camera
MicroUSB(11pin), 3.5mm Ear jack
Accelerometer, Hall Sensor, RGB sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct,
BT 4.1, USB2.0
GPS + GLONASS
166.8 x 242.5 x 7.5 mm, 450g
6,000mAh (App. 10 hours)
Recording: 720p @ 30fps
Playback: 1080p @ 30fps
Galaxy Tab A (LTE)
MSM8916 (Quad 1.2GHz)
LTE FDD :800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
3G : HSPA+42/5.76 850/900/1900/2100
2G : EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
2GB(RAM) + 16GB
166.8 x 242.5 x 7.5 mm, 456g
Galaxy Tab A 9.7 with S Pen (Wi-Fi)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct,
166.8 x 242.5 x 7.5 mm, 487g