Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is official: Specs and features

Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of their new Galaxy Tab A 10.5, after revealing the Galaxy Tab S4 earlier in the day. The Tab A line is Samsung's budget-friendly line, aimed at casual use.

The Tab A 10.5 carries a 10.5 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1920x1200. Surrounding the display are slim bezels, similar to those we saw on the Tab S4. Above the display, you will find a 5MP camera for Skype chats or selfies. The most notable aspect of the front of the device is what is missing. With no physical home button, there is no fingerprint sensor, but there is also no iris scanner like on the premium Tab S4, so you will have to make do with more traditional PINs and passwords. 

Powering the tablet is the Snapdragon 450, an octa-core processor which can be clocked up to 1.8GHz. This is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Via microSD card expansion, you can add up to 400GB of extra space for storing your movie collection, music, or apps. Inside is a 7300mAh battery which can be charged via the USB Type-C port. 

Flipping over the device, you will find the main 8MP camera with flash.

Something for everyone

Samsung's tagline for the Tab A 10.5 is 'Fit for the Whole Family'. The tablet features a number of features that are designed to make entertainment more enjoyable, and that starts with the display. It is now larger than previous Tab A models which will give more room for viewing content. The tablet also comes with quad speakers with Dolby Atmos sound, just like the Tab S4, which will give a rich surround sound to immerse you. 

The Tab A 10.5 also comes with features for managing multiple family members including Kids Mode, so that parents can control what their children are able to access on the tablet. For home, Samsung has integrated support for their SmartThings family of connected devices so that you can turn the lights on from your tablet. With the Always On Daily Board, you can view important information for the day including weather and calendar information while being able to view photos in the background. 

The Tab A 10.5 will be available in Blue, Grey, and Black. Both a Wi-Fi only model and an LTE model will be available. The release date and pricing information is not yet available, but Samsung cites it as being 'budget-friendly'. We will be sure to update you when we know more. 

Update: The Wi-Fi only model of the Tab A 10.5 will cost $380, while the LTE model will cost $450. The tablet will be released on August 24th alongside the Tab S4. 

source: Samsung

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Galaxy Tab A 10.5
  • Display 10.5" 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7300 mAh(51h 3G talk time)



1. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Priced higher than the iPad, yet comes with the Snapdragon 450? Lunacy.

2. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Samsung is shooting themselves on the foot with tablets They have no brains no doubt What were they thinking

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So for $380, you get a Snapdragon 450, no secure authentication to get in besides passcode, no S-Pen, and a seemingly non-IPS regular TFT display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. I think even if you’re an Android user, you have to admit that this doesn’t favor well against the cheaper iPad (which you can now find regularly on sale for $300).

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Apple has put a stake into the heart and then put a last nail in the coffins of Chrome Books and Android Tablets with that cheap iPad. While this thing has a Snapdragon 450; The iPad has a flagship level SoC with performance on par with Snapdragon 835, if not superior. And lets refrain from talking about updates because that represents my beloved brand in a bad light! G'Day!

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Samsung this is hilarious. Why compete against the iPad 6th Gen. This is just a mockery. Samsung if you are listening...try releasing a S9+ Tab with Edge to Edge and price it over $599 as you will have buyers. Releasing average tablets is just a joke.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Edge to Edge on a tablet? You fine bruhh.....?

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Snapdragon 450 for $380. Really Samsung? In this way are you going to compete with iPad 2018?

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