The current Galaxy Tab A 8.0 model goes for $169 on Samsung's website
While most people's eyes have been firmly stuck to the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 8
, Samsung has quietly been preparing the launch of a number of other products in the near future: there's at least two new wearables on the horizon, along with a budget tablet which will be the successor to last year's Galaxy Tab A
And while we've already seen the latter in photos from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA
, today Samsung has (probably by accident) publicly released its user manual. And while one wouldn't normally expect much surprises from an entry-level device like this, there is at least one hiding inside the new Galaxy Tab A: Bixby.
The manual provides a whole chapter dedicated entirely to the virtual assistant, which unfortunately seems to be limited to its Bixby Home functionality only, just as all Bixby-supported devices so far (save for the Galaxy S8
and Note 8, of course). So this means both Bixby Voice and Bixby vision are a no-show, at least for now.
A graphic from the manual describing how to access Bixby reminders
The expansion of Samsung's in-house virtual assistant isn't that much of a surprise: it's already made its way to the company's flagships, as well as in new devices in the Galaxy A
smartphone line. However, this will mark the first time we're seeing Bixby on a tablet, and is a particularly weird choice considering Samsung has much better tablets
on the market already.
Apart from Bixby, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) will come equipped with a Snapdragon 427 SoC, 2GB RAM, and 16GB expandable storage. It should become available at Samsung's pre-IFA event on August 30, but so far we have no concrete information on neither its price nor its release date.