Samsung overnight has officially launched its latest Android powered mid range tablet, the Galaxy Tab A8. Samsung is stating that the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is the most streamlined and powerful Tab A Series device yet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has been built for entertainment but also for learning and working from home or on the go.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is the latest tablet in its A-series and comes with it 10.5-inch (1920 x 1200) TFT display with a remarkably slim bezel and a 16:10 common aspect ratio. The Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a quad-speaker system with Dolby Atmos in which the company is stating will ensure you have enriched gaming, streaming or video calling experience.
Powering the Galaxy Tab A8 is an Octa-Core Unisoc Tiger T618 (12 nm) chipset processor, with the tablet coming in with three variants in terms of RAM and internal memory that include:
- 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage
- 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage
- 4GB RAM with 128GB internal storage
Of course, the internal memory can be expended across all three variants up to 1TB via MicroSD card.
The Galaxy Tab A8 runs Android 11 right out of the box, although no details were given if and when an update to Android 12 might be coming, given Samsung is notorious at delaying firmware updates. The Galaxy Tab A8 will run Samsung OneUI version 3, which Samsung has made some significant changes to its UI, but certainly could look at doing more.
There are two cameras on the Galaxy Tab A8, which include an 8MP camera whilst the front facing is 5MP. Given I feel there is a missed opportunity to swap the cameras around, 5MP should still be good enough for video meetings.
The Galaxy Tab A8 also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth version 5.0 LE and LTE connectivity only, so if you’re after a 5G enabled tablet then you might want to look elsewhere. However, 4G should still be better than nothing.
In terms of battery power, the Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a 7,040mAh (15W Adaptive Fast Charging supported, though the charger is available to purchase separately. There is also a USB-C port and 3.5mm Audio Jack for those who still prefer wired headsets.
Matthew Leem, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing Group, MX (Mobile eXperience) Business at Samsung Electronics has stated at the launch of the Galaxy Tab A8, that:
In a world where remote working and learning has become the norm, tablets have become an indispensable device for so many,”
“They’re the perfect tool for getting more out of our online activities both at home and on the go. We know people are increasingly turning to tablets for video calls, online classrooms, gaming and streaming, so we equipped the Galaxy Tab A8 with brilliant new features to help you connect on a new level.”
Furthermore, the Galaxy Tab A8 will come with Samsung TV Plus which offers more than 200 free channels, Galaxy Tab A8 owners can enjoy live and on-demand entertainment to their heart’s content. Also for new users, the Galaxy Tab A8 comes with two months of ad-free YouTube Premium so you can stream YouTube video ad free.
The Galaxy Tab A8 will be available in three colours, Gray, Silver and new Pink Gold and will be available to purchase in Europe beginning late December, with other regions including the U.S. and quite possibly Australia in January 2022.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch, so keep an eye out for further updates on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 right here.