Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 officially launches next month

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 officially launches next month
Last month, Samsung showcased two brand new tablets in Russia: the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus. Now, the company is officially confirming that the latter will be available in Europe starting May. More specifically, the slate will be launched in Germany, where it's going to be called just Galaxy Tab A.

The new tablet sports a 9.7 inch display with an unimpressive 768 x 1024 pixel resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio, and fortunately runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab A is made for people who want to read ebooks, browse the web, and use email on their slate. Thus, we're not dealing with a top-of-the-line device here. The Galaxy Tab A is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, further featuring 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 6000 mAh battery. The tablet has a 2 MP camera on the front, and a 5 MP one on the back.

The Galaxy Tab A Wi-Fi will have a suggested retail price of €299, while the Galaxy Tab A LTE (which features 2 GB of RAM, not 1.5 GB) will cost €349. Both will be available in black and white in Germany.

Update: A Galaxy Tab A with S Pen stylus will also be available in May (at least in the Netherlands), for prices starting at €349 (Wi-Fi version).

Right now, we don't know if Samsung is planning to release its Galaxy Tab A slates in North America, but we'll let you know when we find out.

source: Samsung Germany (translated)



1. gaming64 unregistered

Impressed that Samsung finaly made a 4:3 tablet. Not impressed with the screen though. Still iPad for me.

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Hopefully it comes with the new touchwiz so it won't be that laggy. My Tab 3 is something else...

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Aiming at iPad. If this becomes a hit, the will make the tab note with this aspect ratio. Still OVERPRICED

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I went ahead and got a kindle fire hdx. Removed that horrible amazon UI and omg its an amazing tablet now.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

Even for a low-end device, that resolution is unacceptable for a full-size tablet in 2015. Apple introduced quadruple that resolution in the same form factor 3 years ago last month with the iPad 3. This is just pitiful. Samsung needs to step their tablet game up. Where's our next entry in the Pro series?

12. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Larger budget laptops pack similar resolutions. It's not meant for power users, and honestly anything at an HD resolution doesn't look *that* bad. If it was a qHD resolution I could for sure feel your pain though

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

I know it isn't meant for power users. That's obvious, but I don't even think 1,024x768 counts as HD. It has less pixels than 1280x720. I should clarify. The value proposition on this tablet is horrible. There are much better tablets in this same price range & similar ones that are way less expensive. Samsung can easily do way better in 2015.

6. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Needs more bezel

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

very ugly aspect ratio, is sammy really copying everything apple does?

9. gaming64 unregistered

What's ugly with this aspect ratio? It's clearly the best aspect ratio for apps. Apps on 16:10 looks like stretched rubber bands.

14. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

This. 16:10 is ridiculous on portrait mode on a large tablet. 4:3 makes far more sense in both orientations. Also, this tablet will come down in price quickly, Samsung really likes to make early buyers pay through the nose. The vastly superior Tab S2 will be announced later this year.

8. Krjal

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

lol, I got my Tab S 8.4 (with 32gb internal memory) for about that price.

10. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

It IS being released here in the US. Ive already done multiple trainings on it. And Samsung is pitching this as a midrange tablet. Not everyone wants or needs the best, most expensive thing out there. How many of you have Samsung TVs? Did you all buy the best $4000+ models out there? I didn't think so.

11. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Galaxy Tab A, then Galaxy Tab E, then Galaxy Tab J....never ending samsung products...i believe they have another 1 letter for their new phone line up right ? is it M ? or...whatever...

15. bigelephant

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 2015

Why did samsung call this device with the A Line if it has the S Note feature? Doesn't it have the same Wacom tecnology of the Note series?

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