Samsung's Galaxy Tab A 10.5 Promises Multimedia Thrills With A Budget Friendly Price

Samsung unveiled the high-end Galaxy Tab S4 yesterday and with all the fancy hardware inside that tablet, the price came in at a steep $650 to $750. That is certainly a bit much for many people looking for a new tablet, but Samsung also rolled out the Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch tablet with much less fanfare and a budget-friendly price. 

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For the money, buyers will get a modest tablet with a big screen that Samsung is positioning as ideal for digital media consumption on the go. The 10.5-inch screen has a 16:10 screen-to-body ratio with slim bezels and a 1920x1200 native resolution. The processor running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core unit at 1.8GHz that certainly won't win any benchmark wars, but should provide more than enough oomph for the streaming of movies and video that Samsung is positioning the tablet for.

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The LTE version supports Cat.6 and both versions have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Storage is upgradable with microSD cards up to 400GB. The front camera is a 5MP unit and the rear camera is an 8MP autofocus unit equipped with flash. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac. Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth 4.2. GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou are supported. The battery is a big 7,300 mAh unit and the OS is Android 8.1.

The rub is that Samsung didn’t announce the pricing for the Tab A 10.5, at least not for the U.S. There are prices announced for the Tab A 10.5 for Europe, but that pricing is unlikely to be a direct conversion for the States. Reports indicate that pricing in Europe is set at 330 euro for the Wi-Fi version and 390 euro for the LTE version. Directly converted that would be about $385 to $455, but those likely aren’t going to be the U.S. prices.