After an international launch earlier this year, Samsung is bringing their latest tablet to the United States this week. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a tablet like any other in terms of specs, but adds the S Pen and assorted features that we usually only see on the Galaxy Note line of smartphones.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has mid-range specs, with a 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 TFT LCD display that we expect won’t be as impressive as the AMOLED or IPS displays we see on a lot of other large smartphones and tablets. It’ll run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, and a 7,300 mAh battery that Samsung says should grant 14 hours of mixed internet use. The tablet will have a pretty low 16 GB of storage, but there is a microSD card that can support cards up to 256 GB. There’s an 8 MP auto-focus camera on the rear and a 2 MP front camera, as well. The tablet is thin and light, at 1.22 pounds and 0.32″ thick. For connectivity, it’ll have 802.11 ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2 LE, and a USB 2.0 port.
It’s fair to say Samsung isn’t trying to wow with the performance of this tablet. What it can be is a decent mobile productivity and entertainment machine, which is where most Android tablets have been positioned lately. That’s probably why Samsung added the S Pen — it’ll have all of the updated features that the one on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 had. That includes the new translation features, which allow the S Pen to highlight words and translate them into a selected language with a click. It also includes those awesome gif features that let you capture a gif just by drawing a box around a part of video and hitting play. It gladdens us to know that the gif feature lives on.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 will go on sale on October 28 for $350. It will be available in a Wi-Fi only model in either black or white.