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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 officially launches next month

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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)

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posted on 06 Apr 2015, 20:40 4

1. gaming64 (unregistered)

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

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 20:47

2. Drsarcastic (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 20:55 1

3. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 20:59 2

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 21:00 1

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3782; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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?

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 18:01

12. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 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

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 19:54

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3782; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 21:57

6. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 280; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)

Needs more bezel

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 01:46

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 03:50

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.

posted on 09 Apr 2015, 03:53

14. MDave (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Apr 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.

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 03:41

8. Krjal (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 08:05

10. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Nov 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.

posted on 07 Apr 2015, 10:33

11. willytbk (Posts: 241; Member since: 15 Aug 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...

posted on 10 May 2015, 06:22

15. bigelephant (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 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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