+ Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Perhaps tablets are coming back into vogue, with not one but two tablet leaks in about the same number of weeks. What we see today is Samsung’s updated Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018), and like the Galaxy Tab S4, the Tab A carries a number of design features across from the Galaxy S line this year.

The screen ratio remains at 16:10 (which the Tab S4 has just reverted to), and the physical home button – long considered useless in a tablet form factor – is gone. There are still a few elements that are a bit ugly, though, with a rather large bottom bezel, and not insignificant side bezels too.

There isn’t too much else we can discern, beyond the probability that the back material is probably a cheap plastic, and while there’s a camera for tablet photographers, there’s no flash.

When will we see the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) announced? Well, the lock-screen date in the renders is August 9th, which strongly suggests we’ll see this as a side-show to the Galaxy Note 9 release in New York.

With rumours also swirling around the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Watch, it looks like there’s going to be a number of Samsung announcements in the not too distant future


Source: Nieuw Mobiel.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Looks like this might be what I finally get to replace my Nexus 9 when it gives up the ghost. Fingers crossed it keeps on trucking though

Luke Roberts
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If you stumped up the $$ for a Nexus 9… you would be better served going for the TAB S4…will be a vastly better experience overall than TAB A … having seen friends previous TAB A’s…. they are a bit underwhelming – especially when you put them next to a TAB S2 which I have… the poor little things just cannot keep up with Samsung’s bloat.

Jeni Skunk
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I really hope Samsung does an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) as part of their A 2018 tablets line.
I’ve got the 4G with S Pen version of the A 10.1 (2016). As a mid tier tablet it’s great.
The two things which turned me off the A 8 (2016) were no S Pen, and 720p screenres. I hope both those lacks are fixed with the A 8 (2018). The 10.1 is fine for carrying in a notebook tote, but simply too big for a handbag. An 8in or 7in, properly specced would be brilliant.

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