New Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablets Released 4 Years Too Late

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Samsung has another new set up Galaxy Tab tablets that are set to arrive next week. There’s an 8-inch model and a 9.7-inch model. They are called Galaxy Tab A tablets.

They are available for pre-order from and other retailers, with an official release date of May 1st. The 8-inch model sells for $229 and the 9.7-inch model is $299. Both are available in three colors: smokey titanium, smokey blue, and white.

Samsung also announced a 9.7-inch model that will come with an S-Pen for $349 that will be released on May 17th.

These new set of tablets are perplexing. The A must stand for Apple because they are basically iPad clones, which isn’t bad except they are clones of iPads from 3-4 years ago.

The 9.7-inch model has the same resolution screen as the original iPad that came out 5 years ago, and the same as the iPad 2 that came out 4 years ago, and the 8-inch model has the same resolution as the first iPad Mini that came out in 2012.

What’s the deal with that, Samsung?

At first I thought these tablets would be good for reading because they use 4:3 ratio screens, but unfortunately the pixel density is just too low by today’s standards.

With a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, the 8-inch model has just 160 ppi and the 9.7-inch model has 132 ppi. That’s even lower than last year’s Galaxy Tab 4 line, which have 16:10 ratio screens with 1280 x 800 resolutions.

I really liked the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 that I reviewed last year and was looking forward to reviewing another Samsung tablet this year, but it won’t be from the A line.

The thing with Samsung is they release like 10 different models each year, so if you don’t like what they currently have to offer, just wait 3 months and they’ll have something new out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Specs

  • Display: 8-inch model and 9.7-inch model
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 XGA
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad-Core, Qualcomm APQ 8016
  • 16 GB Flash Memory, 1.5 GB RAM Memory
  • MicroSD Card slot (up to 128GB)
  • WiFi – 802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4GHz+5GHz, HT40
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS with Glonass
  • Cameras:5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Battery: up to 11 hours; 4200mAh Li-Ion 8-inch; 6000mAh Li-Ion 9.7-inch

5 Responses to “New Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablets Released 4 Years Too Late”

  1. I was reading one of your other reviews when I saw the Samsung Tab A. I was interested in the device until you mentioned the 1024 x 768 resolution. I tried an Acer last year with the same iPad screen ratio and the same low resolution and I agree with you. It’s just to low to be a practical reading device. I ended up returning the Acer to BestBuy.

    • I thought the “A” series would be a good option at first glance too because I think 4:3 ratio screens are better formatted for reading, but yeah the resolution is a real head-scratcher in this day and age.

  2. I’m waiting on the Tab S line coming soon.

  3. the thing is it has a s-pen, which makes it a totally different input device from ipad for students who read papers and books .

    • None of these come with the s-pen. It’s a separate 9.7″ model that’s exclusive to Best Buy at the moment for $350. The 10-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10 looks like a better tablet with a much higher resolution screen for $199, minus the pen of course.