Android tablets may not be the hottest products around these days, but it looks like at least two companies still plan to launch new models in 2018.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 passed through the FCC website this month, and xda-developers has spotted references to at least three new Samsung tablets in operating system files for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Android 8.0 update.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 is expected to feature an 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, a Kirin 960 processor, a USB Type-C port, a 4980 mAh battery, 802.11ac WiFi and Blueooth 4.2.
In other words, it has the specs of an upper mid-range tablet, and it will probably have a price to match.
Fewer specs are available for Samsung’s upcoming tablets, but all signs point to three updates to existing devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2018) will replace a 2015 model
- Samsung Galaxy Tab E 10.1 (2018) will replace a 2015 model
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will replace the Galaxy Tab S3
The Tab E and Tab A series devices tend to be budget and mid-range models, although they also tend to be more expensive than some other company’s entry-level tablets. Amazon and B&N both sell tablets for $50 and up, while current-gen Galaxy Tab E and A tablets are selling for around $126 and $160 and up, respectively.
Samsung’s Galaxy S series tablets, meanwhile, tend to be premium devices with better specs including faster processors, more RAM, and higher-resolution displays.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A is hardly a mid-range model
unless they commit to updates for 3 to 5 years these will soon become useless… Oreo might help but it is still to be understood how well Project Treble will work.
Agreed, but still glad to see major players still making Android tablets. I personally like the one I have and will upgrade…some day.
Useless how? Do they suddenly stop running the apps that you like? Google releasing a new version of Android doesn’t break your old tablet.
My Nexus 10 is five years old and was last updated three years ago. Last time I checked, it runs all the same apps that I’ve been running for years, perfectly. The only issue is its aging battery.
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