Over the past few years, the Samsung Tab A line has been one of the few options for those trying to find an Android tablet. Early next year, the company will launch the Tab A8 in the US. It’s not an exciting update, but it does offer quite a few improvements over its predecessor. Samsung says the new model features a 10.5-inch “expanded” screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a TFT screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
Internally, the Tab A8 has an octa-core processor that the company claims is 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 662 CPU that came with its predecessor. Samsung will also offer a 4GB variant of the tablet, as well as a 3GB base model. A faster processor should make the device feel faster, especially if you choose the model with more RAM. For photos and videos, the Tab A8 comes with an 8MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera.
As for storage, the Tab A8 comes standard with 32GB, although you can also configure the tablet with up to 128GB of internal storage, a first of its kind. If you need more space, you can add up to 1TB of additional storage with the included MicroSD slot. Everything works in a 7,040mAh cell. Samsung hasn’t shared a battery life estimate, but last year we found that the Tab A7, with the same battery capacity, can last 11 hours and 30 minutes on our choppy video test. The Tab A8 supports 15W fast charging, but only comes with a slower 7.75W power adapter inside the box. It keeps the headphone jack found on last year’s models and you can expect it to ship with Android 11.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 will hit store shelves in the US next month. Samsung will offer the tablet in three colors: space gray, silver and rose gold. The company did not share pricing information. For context, the Tab A8’s predecessor started at $230 — although you can often find it on sale for even less.
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