It goes without saying that Samsung is one of the most active electronics makers. The company launches a new device every few weeks and its selection of smartphones is arguably the widest. The same can be said about Samsung-made tablets – they come in a variety of sizes and capacities. To add even more to this diversity, last month in Russia Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab A offering the same 4:3 display as the iPad. Now the company is about to bring on May 1st this new slate to the US.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A with uncommon aspect ratio
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range device available in two sizes – with 8.0-inch and 9.7-inch screens, both offering resolution of 1024×768 pixels. What sets the Galaxy Tab A apart from other tablets is its rather unusual 4:3 aspect ratio. Such ratio is used by Apple in its iPads, but is pretty uncommon in other brands.
Screen size aside, both models are very similar in terms of specs, featuring only a few minor differences. Both versions are powered by quad-core 1.2GHz processors and come with 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 128GB. Both are also equipped with the same 5-megapixel rear cameras paired with 2-megapixel shooters for selfies, and run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The smaller model, however, packs 1.5GB of RAM and 4,200 mAh battery, while the larger device has 2GB of RAM and a more generous 6,000 mAh unit. The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 also comes with S Pen support.
The tablet will officially go on sale in the US on May 1st and will be for grabs from such retailers as Amazon, Best Buy and HH Gregg. However, if you want to make sure that you will be among the first users to get your hands on the device, you can already pre-order it from Samsung’s website. The 8-inch model costs $229.99, while the larger 9.7-inch variant is priced at $299.99, both available in Smoky Titanium, White and Smoky Blue. Samsung will also offer a special version of the 9.7-inch model in Smoky Titanium bundled with an S Pen. This one will hit the stores on May 17th for $349.99.