If you're into Android slates, you probably know Samsung sells a very respectable upper mid-range Galaxy Tab S5e
at an excellent starting price of $400 while cooking up a higher-end
and undoubtedly costlier variant likely to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 10 next month
But if you don't have 400 bucks (or more) to spend on a Google-endorsed (but not Google-made
) iPad alternative, the Galaxy Tab A
10.1 (2019) may well be the best gadget to buy right now. Available in three storage configurations, ranging from 32 to 128 gigs, the 10-inch mid-ranger can be purchased directly from Samsung together with a book cover keyboard at a 50 percent discount.
Even better, digital hoarders will be happy to know they can combine that deal with a $50 markdown on the actual slate in a 128GB version, thus saving a grand total of 100 bucks. Amusingly enough, the top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) configuration costs the same as a 64 gig model as part of this hot new promotion.
All in all, you're looking at paying $329.98 instead of $429.98 at the time of this writing for the sleek Android 9.0 tablet
with 128GB internal storage space and a productivity-enhancing Bluetooth keyboard that typically fetches $100 on its own. Or you can get the slate alone in exchange for $279.99 instead of its $329.99 list price.
While nowhere near as powerful or elegant as the Snapdragon 670-packing, 5.5mm thin Tab S5e, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) measures a slender 7.5mm of its own and features a respectable Exynos 7904 processor, 3GB RAM, a sharp 1920 x 1200 pix res screen with slim bezels, long-lasting 6,150mAh battery, Dolby Atmos surround sound technology, and a microSD card slot for further expanding the already generous storage room.