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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017): Specs And What You Should Know

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is the newest addition to its cheaper Galaxy Tab A lineup. They haven’t released an 8-inch Android tablet for a while but now they’re back. As you might expect, the new Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is not a higher end tablet. Instead, it’s a lower middle class device. It’ll cost you around 250 US dollars. Here is everything you should know.

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Highlights

  • 8-inch HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Optional LTE with phone capabilities
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with TouchWiz

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017): The Basics

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) looks like a typical Samsung tablet. Compared to their two predecessors, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Galaxy Tab A 7.0, there are some major differences though. It doesn’t look as “square” and “simple” anymore. In fact, I quite like the design. It somehow looks elegant.

Even though Samsung is advertising it with a metallic design, the body seems to be made out of plastic. You’ll be able to get it in a couple of colors including black and gold. Don’t expect to get the thinnest tablet though. It’s not thin at all at 8.9-millimeter and not really light either. The device brings 364 grams on the scale.

Read now: My Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017 Review

Specs Are Fine But Not Great

While you can’t really call it cheap, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 does not have very high end hardware. The 8-inch display has an HD resolution only with 1280 x 800 pixels. Inside runs the lower middle class Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. This is a quad-core chip that’s clocked at 1.4GHz.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 and optional LTE and GPS. The battery has a capacity of 5000mAh and is said to last around 14 hours. There’s a USB Type C port and MicroSD card slot as well. The cameras have a resolution of 8 and 5 megapixel.

Samsung is shipping the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) with Android 7.1 Nougat. On top of it runs their TouchWiz UI which should be very similar to the one found on the Galaxy Tab S3. Without the S-Pen features though. An active pen is not supported.

Full Specifications

TabletSamsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 Nougat with TouchWiz
Display8-inch IPS with 1280 x 800
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Storage16GB
ExpandablemicroSD card slot (up to 256GB)
RAM2GB
Rear Camera8-megapixel
Front Camera5-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, optional LTE and GPS
ChargingUSB Type C
Battery5000mAh
SecurityNo fingerprint reader
Dimensions212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9 mm
Weight364g

Availability and Price

As of right now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is up for preorder in Vietnam only. But I’m very sure that it’ll be available in the United States, all over Europe and Asia as well. Depending on where you’re from, you should be able to get it for 220 to 270 US Dollars.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) Competitors

There are a couple of interesting alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0. In fact, there even are two tablets with almost identical specifications. The Lenovo Tab 4 8 and Huawei MediaPad T3 8 have the same display resolution and the same processor. They’re noticeably cheaper though.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017 is a very solid tablet. Its highlights are a great battery life, recent software and an overall good performance. While the display is good overall, it offers an HD resolution only and is not laminated. A couple of direct competitors offer very similar hardware at a cheaper price.
Positive
  • Decent build quality
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Great battery life
  • Solid performance
Negative
  • HD resolution only
  • Display is not laminated
  • A bit pricy
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