Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Specs



The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is 7.4mm-thin, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and sports display with 768 x 1024 pixels and 4:3 aspect ratio. The tablet is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, also offering 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. Moreover, the device come with Microsoft Office for Android, and 100 GB of free storage space on OneDrive for 2 years. The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 has a 6000 mAh battery.

This device is also known as Samsung SM-T550NZ


  • The camera lacks flash

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Size: 9.7 inches
Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels, 132 PPI
Technology: TFT
Screen-to-body: 71.98 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Features: Ambient light sensor


System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916
Processor: Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 306
RAM: 1.5GB
Internal storage: 16GB
Storage expansion: microSDXC up to 128 GB
OS: Android (7.1 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop)
Device type: Tablet


Capacity: 6000 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, Not user replaceable


Rear: Single camera
Main camera: 5 MP (Autofocus)
Video recording: 1280x720 (HD)
Front: 2 MP
Dimensions: 9.55 x 6.57 x 0.29 inches (242.6 x 166.9 x 7.4 mm)
Weight: 15.84 oz (449.0 g)
Keys: Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
Colors: Gray, Blue, White


Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Loudspeaker
Features: Album art cover, Background playback
Screen mirroring: Wireless screen share

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band; Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
Features: Mass storage device, Charging
Location: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi positioning
Sensors: Accelerometer
Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Flight mode, Silent mode
Other features: Voice commands, Voice recording

Buyers information

Price: $ 300


Apr 20, 2015
Officially announced: Yes
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User Reviews

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Good tablet for everything except reading small pieces of text on a webpage
Phone owned for less than a year

I have the Tab A 9.7 version I can report the following :

Screen : is the most important thing on a mobile device, the resolution is extremely low with a weak 768 x 1024 pixels (~132 ppi pixel density), text will look ok when viewing a zoomed web page, at normal zoom, text will look grainy, picture quality is great and brightness is more than enough for any situation, if you watch videos or view pictures it's a fairly good screen, except for small text, there is no light bleeding on this panel (nexus 9 has a catastrophic light bleeding screen). Let's talk a bit about its resolution and pixel density, it is bothering me, really! Specially on web pages and small pieces of text, what's the point of having a large tablet if we keep zoming to read a column of text on a web page? None! I can do that on my 4 years old Note 2, but it's not convenient, I can not see small letters well on my Tab A 9.7, it looks grainy and sometimes I have to look really close to be able to read

Performance : is fairly good, everything works well and the UI is snappy, high quality videos (1080p mkv) works great, large pdf files are handled with ease, webpages are displayed instantly, there is no problem with performance on this tablet, light gaming is possible

Battery life : with airplane mode on about 13:00 hours screen on time of mixed continus use (youtube, light gaming, reading...) or about 10:00 hours SOT with 3g enabled

Build quality : is very good

Phone calls : works great over H+ or gsm (available in my country) signal strength is better than my note2

Wifi : much much better and more stable than my note2 (which is/or was a great phone)

Hope this helps deciding what to get, A 10.1 or 9.7
I am planning to get the A 10.1 and my 9.7 will go to my wife, if anyone want to know more about the 9.7 I will try to help

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A good mid range tablet with decent performances
Phone owned for less than a month

Not a flag ship but very good for every day usage at this price. Excelent battery life, decent performance runs Asphalt 8 smoothly. Decent camera for 5 MP, decent sound, very good built quality, light and thin, a pleasure to hold. The display is ok, bright but somethimes when watching a movie in the dark areas you can see the pixels. The preinstaled video player is awful, and there is also a stupid news app the is build in called Briefing (actually is Flipboard). Overall a good tablet for this price.

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