Flagship phones and tablets often bring the goods with the latest and greatest technologies available in the mobile market, and if you can afford one, that's great. However, not everyone wants or needs the fastest mobile device. For users with more modest needs, Samsung today introduced a pair of lower cost devices, the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
Those are both mid-range devices, and priced accordingly.
"Both new devices bring the performance and capabilities consumers want at a more accessible price point. Consumers are increasingly looking for innovative features and high-quality hardware in mid-tier mobile devices. Samsung is delivering by expanding its lineup with excellent devices offered at an exceptional value," Samsung says.
Starting with the Galaxy A6, the mid-range handset wields a 5.6-inch HD+ (1480x720) Super AMOLED display. It's powered by Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 7884 clocked at 1.6GHz, and 3GB of RAM. On the storage front, it has 32GB of built-in storage, plus a microSD card slot supporting up to 400GB of additional storage.
Samsung plopped a pair of 16-megapixel cameras on the Galaxy A6, one on the front for taking selfies (f/1.9 aperture) and the other on the rear (f/1.7 aperture), both accompanied by an LED flash.
The Galaxy A6 will be available starting September 14 for $359.99 (MSRP).
Moving on, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is, as its model name implies, a 10.5-inch tablet. It serves up a 1920x1200 resolution powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. It also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, plus a microSD memory card slot.
There are cameras on the front and back of the Galaxy A Tab 10.5 as well—a 5-megapixel shooter in the front and an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus on the rear. It also features quad speakers with Dolby Atmos.
"Galaxy Tab A 10.5 also lets you control your smart home devices through SmartThings, and set limits on your child’s screen time with Samsung Kids. The Samsung Kids service offers curated, high-quality, fun learning games, books, and videos for kids ages 3-12 years old," Samsung says.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 will initially be available with Wi-Fi connectivity on September 14 for $329.99. Later this year, there will be a version with LTE connectivity at Sprint and Verizon, though Samsung didn't say how much it will cost.