It has been a while since Samsung launched a new tablet, which is at odds with its highly prolific smartphone market.
Its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is a mid-range device which offers GSM connectivity with workable specs all round.
The design is nothing worth writing home about, featuring a metal build which is fairly standard in this day and age.
As for the display, it sports an 8.0-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, unlike some of the recent Android tablets (and all the iPads) which come with the more content-centric 4:3 ratio.
The resolution here is 1280 x 800 which seems dated and out of sync with times, considering that even mid-range smartphones come with a Full HD 1080p display. This is the same resolution as in the first Nexus tablet that came out a few years back.
Hardware, Storage and Camera
Under the hood, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, with its 4 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. Alongside it, you get 2 GB RAM as well as 16 GB of storage, which can be expanded by up to 256 GB via microSD slot expansion.
At the back sits a solitary 8 MP camera with LED Flash, coupled with a 5 MP shooter on the front. Tablets don’t usually focus on camera quality and just add them to make them feel more complete, as is the case in the Galaxy Tab A.
Battery and Pricing
The tablet supports a single-SIM card slot, which supports LTE connectivity. The battery is fairly modest at 5,000 mAh but it should be good enough for a day of average use.
As for the price, it is set at around $285 in the launch market of Vietnam. The tablet will most likely cost around the same range when it launches in Pakistan.