Seems like Samsung is prepping to take on its arch rival Apple, which is likely to unveil new generation iPad at an upcoming event on March 21. The South Korean tech giant has discreetly launched the Galaxy Tab A (2016), a few days ahead of the possible announcement of new gen iPad. The tablet has been listed on the company's official website, which reveals its specs, but doesn't give the price.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is essentially a new, smaller version of the company's last year's Galaxy Tab A line, which was launched in an 8-inch and a 9.7-inch model. It is a 7-inch variant tablet that was leaked before the recently concluded MWC 2016. It comes with mellowed down features and specifications, and is targeted at the mid-range segment of consumers.
Here we list the major features the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A which make it different from the last year's models. Take a look:
Design and Display:
As far as the basic design is concerned, the Galaxy Tab A (2016) tablet looks similar to its previously launched versions, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7. The major difference is the size of the tablet, as the newbie is smaller than the last year's models. The new model features a 7-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 (WXGA), whereas the last gen models were launched with 8-inch and 9.7-inch displays offering 768 x 1024 pixels resolution each. The newer version offer better resolution than the older models.
Both the previously launched bigger Tab A variants are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit chipset paired with Adreno 306 and 1.5GB of RAM. The Tab A (2016), on the other hand, is powered by Exynos 3475 chipset containing a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and the Mali-T720 GPU. It also has a 1.5GB of RAM on board, paired with 8GB of native storage that is lower than the 16 GB internal storage on the older version. The newer version, however, also supports up to 200GB capacity microSD, where as the older variant have 128GB of microSD card option.
In the camera department, the Tab A (2016) features a 5MP rear camera with 1280x720 (720p HD) video recording support and a 2MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chats. The camera specs are similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 models.
The 7-inch Tab A houses a 4000mAh battery that can provide up to 9 hours of streaming video and 100 hours of streaming music. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 features a 4,200mAh battery whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is powered by a massive 6000mAh battery. The battery size is based on the size of the tablet, which is why the biggest Tab A has the biggest battery.
Sadly, the Galaxy Tab A (2016) is shipped with the Android 5.1 Lollipop version, instead of the Marshmallow iteration. The bigger variants also featured Android 5.0 pre-installed, topped with the company's native UI.
Samsung has not revealed the price of the tablet on it site, but some online retailers have it listed for close to $188 USD for the Wi-Fi only edition, and close to $245 USD for the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE variant.