Samsung introduced a new line of Android tablets with 4:3 displays in Europe in March. Now the Samsung Galaxy Tab A lineup is headed to the United States.

An 8 inch model will be available May 1st for $230, while 9.7 inch models will start at $300. For the most part the tablets have pretty basic features, but there’s one model that does stand out a bit: there’s a $350 model that comes with Samsung’s S-Pen.

samsung tab a

That’s Samsung’s name for the pressure-sensitive digital pen that typically comes only with Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones and tablets. The Galaxy Tab A will be one of the most affordable tablets with an S-Pen when it launches May 17th.

All of the tablets features 1024 x 768 pixel displays, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, 1.5GB of RAM, 16Gb to 32GB of storage, and microSD card slots.

They have 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

The 8 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A hass a 4200 mAh battery. 9.7 inch models have 6000 mAh batteries.

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12 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab A coming to America in May for $230 and up”

  1. A for Apple

    Trying to match the iPad. Fail on screen res. 1024 x 768 now looks so 2010-ish.

    S Pen might make it somewhat worthwhile. Maybe.

    Keep throwing those variants out Samsung. Something will still…

    1. Well why not, when a manufacturer or platform is not restricted to one or two models, it makes sense to have as much choice as possible. Apple fans don’t seem to care about resolution, just look at the original ipad mini that was never criticised for it.

      1. Asus was another company that keep throwing netbooks out the door with similar specs that baffled reviewers. they even acknowledged they needed to make fewer models at one stage yet failed to live up to that promise until the product line died.

        for 7 years i was an importer of beauty products. i learnt a lot about stock control and product range from that time. as a nail polish manufacturer once told me “90% of colours only make up only 10% of sales”.

        there’s a point where too much choice actually makes it hard for the customer to make a decision. every different model gets it’s own marketing and packaging materials, it’s own web support page. that takes time and money and importers and wholesalers hate filling shelves with potential clearance bin items.

        lots of devices, with too little differentiation, can actually hinder sales. i think you could argue that even Apple have too many options on some products now. with cheap memory, do we really need 16G, 64G and 128G in three colours and 2 screen sizes?

        most retail stores don’t keep every combination so some sales must surely be missed.

        I went to upgrade my 1G mini for a 32G 2G mini as I wanted an easier to view screen but the store had none so I ended up spending more on a 128G 3G mini. others might have just walked away.

        let’s hope the Watch stays with only one 8G memory option otherwise things might just get out of hand 😉

        I’m guessing Apple fans didn’t care much about the ipad mini screen resolution when there was only one device to choose from. it wasn’t a point of differentiation. now, with retina screens available, the original screens do look second rate. but Apple keep the original on as the cheap option for those buyers who want a low price rather than high screen res.

  2. Looks like they’re trying to go after the cheap 8 inch Windows tablets.

  3. Samsung demonstrates the worst case of “corporate ADD” that I’ve ever seen. I’m having a blast with my GTab Pro 8.4 but, dang, they moved on from the Pro line before the screen needed to be cleaned of fingerprints!

    1. Same here. If Nexus 7 can do Full HD for just over $200 there is no excuse for anything less, unless it is dirt cheap.

    2. With a 4:3 aspect ratio it’s not really designed for video. Not sure that resolution would be an issue with text. I’m more put off by the 1.5 GB of ram.

      1. Text is literally the BIGGEST issue.

        After going from the iPad mini to the iPad mini w/retina, there is no going back.

        1. And yet, I never once heard ppl criticise the first one for the resolution, even though it was an expensive device and at the time it was still outdone by budget tablets.

          I’ve got the nexus 7 2013, but I’m not sure I really care about the difference between hd and full hd on small devices, for text or video.

          1. for the nexus 7 the jump wasn’t as big of a deal, but for the iPad mini 1 to 2 it was enormous. Even notorious Apple fanboys like Gruber called the original mini screen “gross”.

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