Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A 10.5″ is a wallet-friendly Android slate

Samsung's $649 Galaxy Tab S4 might have stolen the spotlight yesterday, but the company has another Android tablet for folks who don't want to pay iPad Pro-like prices for their slates. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5″ seems to have one mission in life, and that's content consumption. While the Tab A maintains the Tab S4's quad-speaker array with Dolby Atmos special sauce, it drops the DeX support and included S Pen that make the more expensive slate a potential productivity powerhouse.

Whatever content does get consumed on the Tab A, it'll ultimately show up on a 1920×1200 LCD touch screen. Behind those pixels, Samsung pulled together a Snapdragon 450 SoC with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Users can expand that onboard space with up to 400 GB of microSD storage. The Tab A supports tablet photography with an 8-MP world-facing camera and a 5-MP front-facing camera for selfie action. A cellular-enabled Tab A will be available with Cat.6 LTE support. Samsung keeps the slate powered with a 7300-mAh battery.

The Tab A's Kids Mode interface gives parents tools to control the content and screen time that their offspring spend staring into its screen. The Kids Mode interface also comes with eight free “child-friendly” apps pre-installed. Samsung also notes that the tablet supports multiple user profiles to ensure that kids and adults can use the same device without crossing over age-appropriate boundaries.

The Tab A will ship with Samsung's customized version of Android 8.1 on board. Samsung didn't provide pricing or availability info for the Tab A 10.5″, but it'll doubtless come in at a more wallet-friendly price point than the high-end Tab S4 when it does arrive.

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    • PixelArmy
    • 1 year ago

    No actual price info… nice clickbait title…

    • Hattig
    • 1 year ago

    The only real let down is the Snapdragon 450. I guess the main competition is the Amazon Fire 10.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      The Snapdragon 450 is much closer to something like the Snapdragon 625, since it has 8x A53 cores. It’s not a high-performance monster, but it’s not nearly as gimped-out as early 400-series Snapdragon SoCs.

        • willmore
        • 1 year ago

        And if they actually use a 64 bit OS on it instead of the 32 bit one they used on tearly 410 devices (because they only gave them 1GB of DRAM and couldn’t affort the small space penalty that 64 bit ARM brings), then there’s a lot of performance benefit from the addtional registers and imporved NEON instructions. At least for code that can make use of it–which one would hope native libraries would.

        Still, I’d much rather have a pair of A72 or better along with a quad of lower power A53s (or A55).

          • DancinJack
          • 1 year ago

          What? 32-bit Android? What are you talking about? Help me understand.

            • willmore
            • 1 year ago

            Android can run in 32 bit or 64 bit modes on processors that support it. It depends on what the vendor choses to do. In 64bit mode, ARMv8 devices have more registers and the A53 in particular has more NEON (SMD) instructions which can give a quick 2x speed boost to data manipulation intensive apps.

            64 bit apps can use more data, so some vendors (Motorola for example) who up 1 GB of DRAM in some of their phones chose to run the OS in 32 bit mode to save a little memory.

            Android apps are generally written in Java and can access a library called the NDK which is a set of functions optimized for the host platform. The 64 bit NDK can make use of more registers and the improved instruction set of 64 bit ARMv8. So, apps using the NDK can run on all Android devices and take advantage of the native hardware without having to be coded specifically to take advantage of it.

            Does that help?

        • faramir
        • 1 year ago

        ARM A53 is as gimped as it gets nowadays. It is 64 bits of pure badness that has as much place filling the role of “performance core” in 2018 as Bonnell Atoms do.

        Multiples of a bad core don’t make said core less bad.

        (owner of Xperia E5)

        • NTMBK
        • 1 year ago

        Eww, A53s. Give me at least 2 A73s, or GTFO.

          • strangerguy
          • 1 year ago

          Samsung non-flagships has always been a dumpster fire in specs/$, and even their S7 makes them pointless after all the usual price cuts.

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]quad-speaker array with Dolby Atmos[/quote<] LOL. Recently dropped €1000 on a surround package upgrade and figured I didn't have the budget to do Dolby Atmos properly after reading more about it. Atmos, from four earbud-sized speakers? Now I've seen it all! Is there anything Dolby won't stick a label on for royalties these days?

      • BillyBuerger
      • 1 year ago

      I definitely agree that the label itself is mostly just marketing. But Atmos doesn’t sound like it defines that the system has to sound good. Just that it defines where the sound comes out by spatial location, not directly which speaker. So this could play an Atmos signal and decide which of the 4 crappy speakers to use to try to replicate that spatial location. Nothing to do with sound quality which I wouldn’t expect to be great from this. But technically it could decode Atmos even if not doing so properly.

      Buy hey, it has Atmos so it must be good, right?

      • Laykun
      • 1 year ago

      I imagine it’d just do its best effort. Atmos can be run on two front speakers on hifi systems if you’re really brave.

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