Bixby to make its tablet debut on the entry-level Galaxy Tab A (2017)
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 8.0.
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.
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