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7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A is leaked: improved display but no S Pen

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7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A is leaked: improved display but no S Pen
We're not that far from Mobile World Congress now, and while Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the subjects of particular excitement, Sammy will have a few other exciting announcements up its sleeve. In the tablet department, we've already heard that a refresh to the Tab S2 range could be on the cards, and now, a new 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab A has been leaked. Notably, the slate looks set to lose its S Pen and could gain an improved resolution display, though the specs will remain relatively modest. 

German blog WinFuture, the source of many a leak in recent times, has the scoop on the new Galaxy Tab A 7.0. Under the hood, it's expected to pack Samsung's own quad-core Exynos 3475 clocked at 1.3 GHz, accompanied by 1.5 gigs of RAM and a 4000 mAh battery. Though a slight performance bump compared with preexisting members of the Tab A series, it's still fairly standard mid-range fare. 

The 7-inch display looks poised to boast an 800 x 1280 resolution. While it's not full HD, it's not a terrible-sounding offer for a middle of the road slab, and it is, at least, an improvement on earlier Galaxy Tab A models. Currently, this particular product line is occupied by versions with 8.0-inch and 9.7-inch displays, though it's not known whether Samsung plans to make any changes to either. 

The Wi-Fi edition is said to carry the model number SM-T280, while a further LTE variant (SM-T285) will also be available. As with most of Samsung's upcoming products, a March / April release is being suggested, though we should know more on the other side of Samsung Unpacked on Feb 21st

The Wi-Fi model should arrive at the equivalent of $189, which seems quite an attractive price. Those seeking LTE will have to stump up quite a bit more, though, with the cellular edition expected to retail at around $245. 

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posted on 16 Feb 2016, 04:32 5

1. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)

Honestly $189 is still way too expensive for those specs... it should cost $99.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 04:54 4

2. Zack_2014 (Posts: 515; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Lol I bet you to sell at those prices if you owned Samsung.
Easier said than done.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 16:19 1

8. PopeFrancis (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

I agree, way too expensive. 199 get you a much nicer NVIDIA Shield K1.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 04:59

3. Elfmonster (unregistered)

Who is the target demo for this phone with the right screen size but basement specs?

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 05:34

4. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

didnt samsung already have small tablet with minimum spec that priced below $200 for years? o.O
and their target remain the same, its for student and basic user
and they already have galaxy tab S and tab pro (with s-pen) for advance user

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 05:56 1

5. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Low-end garbage that should've cost 89 bucks.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 06:46

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I'm guessing samsung will only be updating the tab s2 this year and still keep the tab e and tab a the same

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:13

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Ughhh!! It's hideous

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