+ Monday December 9th, 2019

This one was previewed a while back, but it seems Samsung has finally released its new Galaxy Tab A instalment for 2019 – the Galaxy Tab A (8.0) 2019.

The tablet is squarely aimed at the mid-range, with a compact size, fairly plain design and (some would say) mediocre specs. But still, not everyone needs or wants to spend $1000+ on a tablet, and for light duties, the Galaxy Tab A range has always delivered.

Announced overnight with little fuss, the Galaxy Tab A 2019 range gets the addition of an 8-inch tablet which is just 8mm thick and weighs little more than two smartphones at 345g. An 8-inch display is probably a bit too obvious to mention, and with 1,280 x 800 TFT technology, it’s none too exciting either.

However, there’s a big 5,100 mAh battery, microUSB (ugh) and dual speakers. The latest Android 9.0 software is inside, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The chipset is a mid-range quad-core 2.0GHz special from an unnamed manufacturer, but likely to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429.

There’s not too much else exciting about these tablets, except some free YouTube Premium and Spotify Premium as well. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, though it’s likely this is another tablet that will make its way to Australia before too long.

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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Jeni Skunk
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The A series is supposed to be mid tier. The specs on this barely reach up to entry level.

Tibb So
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Tibb So

Probably half of all Australian buyers will buy the 4G version through a Telco which when you combine Samsung’s glacial updates for tablets with the inevitable Telco interference in the release of updates, anyone hoping for regular security and software updates will be severely disappointed.

Additionally, the 4G version will be a ridiculous $400+ in Australia to buy outright.

Nick
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Nick

Samsung and their “burner” tablets. We’re still waiting for Android 9.0 on the $1400 unbranded Tab s4 … don’t waste your time unless you realise there is no post purchase support in Australia.

Luke
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Luke

I got 9.0 on my tab S4 (wifi only) about a month ago 😯

Tibb So
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Tibb So

The update for the XSA “unbranded” 4G Tab S4 is apparently being held up by the likes of Vodafone & possibly Optus. For some reason, despite this tablet being “unbranded”, Samsung has allowed Vodafone to interfere in the update process with their “testing” procedures which apparently the Tab S4 has failed. Vodafone has the tablet listed as ‘testing on hold’ for the past two weeks. The usual excuse for any devices undergoing Telco testing procedures is “the need to ensure the device can make emergency phone calls on their network” however it should be remembered that no Australian Telco will… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

Samsung had told me that the XSA would get it a long time before Telstra and other telco branded models. I see Telstra was released a few weeks ago. Optus has previously told me they had no involvement in the process …
With generic software I don’t understand the need to test as it’s no different to buying a grey import, or a tourist visiting. It’s also old hardware – modem CPU e.t.c, so what’s to test, those drivers should be covered by the equivalent mobile phones testing.
The usual case of blame someone else I think.

Tibb So
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Tibb So

I think there are now two levels of XSA 4G devices, those you buy outright from a retailer and those you get from a Telco. Those bought from a Telco will continue to be gimped by the Telco’s interference in the update procedures. It is unlikely that you’d be able to escape this Telco interference either because even though the 4G Tab S4 is ‘unbranded XSA’ it appears as if somewhere in the firmware it is written that they were Vodafone or Optus otherwise how could Samsung know to allow software updates for retail sold tablets but block software for… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

Google allows telco’s to blacklist updates until they are happy with them. I had a Nexus 5 bought from the Google Play Store and using a Telstra SIM. One of the updates was not available for me (even on wifi). After several weeks of it being at 100% availability, I popped in my wife’s SIM and it instantly was available to download.

Terry
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Terry

“The tablet is squarely aimed at the mid-range”

With those mediocre specs I’d call it low-end.

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