A few hours ago, the Korean company showed its new line of 8 and 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets at an event . An announcement that has been made official in the case of the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A. Of course, at the moment only in Holland . This tablet is designed in plastic but has been endowed with a very successful metallic appearance and a fineness of just 7.5 millimeters. In addition, it has a 4: 3 format that we have not seen in a tablet of the brand for years and that gives it a more compact and less elongated appearance, which should favor grip. Within the technical specifications of the model we find a limited resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, possibility of including 4G connectivity , an optional S-Pen stylus or a 5 megapixel rear camera. This model should hit the market in early May at a starting price of 300 euros. We tell you all the details in a thorough analysis.
Design and display
Without a doubt, the great workhorse of this Samsung Galaxy Tab A is its design . Although it finally seems that the finish used will be plastic and not metal (as the A nomenclature of the name seemed to indicate), the company has achieved a very attractive look that simulates metal and creates the feeling of being in front of a premium model. In fact, the Galaxy Tab A looks a remarkable fineness of 7.5 millimeters that will place it among the thinnest tablets in the market. This is combined with a good weight of 470 euros. In principle, this model will be available in gold and blue versions .
One of the great novelties that this new generation of tablets brings is the commitment to a more square format with a 4: 3 aspect. That is, more square models that should be easier to grasp and handle. Samsung had not been betting on this format for years, so it may mark a major change in the brand's strategy. As for the panel looks size 9.7 inches with a resolution of quite limited 1,024 x 768 pixels . This is one of the weakest points of this computer, although this resolution should be enough when making normal use of the computer to navigate and use apps and games.
This is not a device designed to take photographs and that is immediately noticeable when we look at its technical section. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A looks a rear camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels to take pictures at peak times, as normal is that we use the camera mobile. More interesting is the front camera with 2 megapixel resolution , which will serve no trouble taking selfies simple and use video conferencing apps like Skype or Hangouts .
Memory and power
To function, this tablet will incorporate a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with a power of 1.2 GHz along with a 1.5 GB RAM . A somewhat humble set but that should be sufficient for normal use of the equipment. In addition, those 500 extra megabytes in RAM will be appreciated when having several open processes or using functions such as multiscreen. As for the storage capacity, this goes up to 16 GB, although it is possible that the company will introduce configurations with more space later. In any case, this capacity can be improved through a Micro SD memory card or through an online storage system of the type of Dropbox or Google Drive.
Operating system and applications
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop version . A choice that will allow us to enjoy the most recent news of this popular platform, which has become the undisputed leader in both the field of smartphones and tablets. The new Android brings us a complete facelift in the interface and icons, with a much more colorful appearance and a fairly intuitive handling of the menus. Within this visual improvement, we would like to highlight in a special way the tool to switch between open applications, with an attractive animation that leaves a very good taste in the mouth. At the app level, one of the most important changes is the camera application, with intuitive handling and a more agile way to move between shooting mode and gallery photos with a swipe of the finger.
In addition to these improvements, it should be noted that Samsung will market a specific configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen . This stylus found in the Samsung Galaxy Note brings a whole new universe of possibilities to handle the tablet, such as handwriting, taking notes or using quick actions by writing with the stylus on the screen. A tool that should also be taken into account if we want to use the Galaxy Tab A in a more professional environment . Android also brings us a very wide platform of applications for all kinds of entertainment and work that will allow us to customize the tablet to our liking.
Here we find a fundamental decision when it comes to taking over this team. And it will come in a version with only WiFi and another that also includes compatibility with high-speed 4G networks . An excellent option if we are going to use the tablet regularly away from home and we do not want to lose the ability to navigate through the network or use different applications that constantly use the connection. This section closes with other common connections such as Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize compatible devices, GPS to locate ourselves anywhere and navigate with applications such as Google Maps and Waze or a MicroUSB portto carry out uploading and exchange files with your computer.
Autonomy, price and opinions
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will integrate a battery with a capacity of 6,000 milliamps . At the moment no official data has been revealed on the time of use it allows. What we do know is that it will be compatible with the wireless charging standard as with the new Galaxy S6 . The Galaxy Tab A will hit the Dutch market at the beginning of May, so it will probably take little time to land in Spain. Its price will start at 300 euros for the version with WiFi , while if we get the version compatible with 4G, the cost rises to 370 euros. In the case of wanting to bet on the model with S-Pen incorporated, its starting price for the versionWiFi will be at 350 euros . In short, a tablet that has caught almost all of us by surprise (not in vain, the company showed these teams first at an event in Russia and so far has only published a statement in Holland). Among its most attractive are the return to a more squarish 4: 3 , the elegance of its design with fineness of 7.5 millimeters or can connect to 4G networks. However, other points such as the resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels can generate more than one doubt among the public.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Tab A|
|Size||9.7 inches (4: 3 aspect)|
|Resolution||1,024 x 768 pixels|
|Dimensions||7.5 millimeters thick|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
|Video||Yes (to be specified)|
|Front camera||2 megapixels|
|Formats||MP4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV / MP3 / WAV / eAAC + / WMA / Flac|
|Features||Possibility of including an S-Pen stylus|
|Operating system||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Extra applications||Google applications (Gmail, Hangouts, Chrome, etc.)|
|CPU processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core 1.2GHz|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||-|
|Internal memory||16 GigaBytes eMMC|
|Extension||Via Micro SD card|
|Mobile Network||It depends on the model (WiFi and 4G)|
|Wifi||WiFi 802.11 b / g / n /|
|GPS location||GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Audio||3.5 mm minijack|
|Removable||- Wireless charging|
|Duration in use||-|
Price: From 300 euros