Samsung have this morning announced a brand new tablet going by the name Samsung Galaxy Tab A. You’ll see it on sale from the 21st of May.
Both WiFi and LTE versions will go on sale so customers can decide which is better suited for their connectivity needs, but no mention of pricing just yet.
The Tab A WiFi version packs a 9.7 inch display with resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 5 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front for video chat.
You then have the LTE version, which has 2GB of RAM instead. This of course adds 4G SIM card support so you can get online where there’s a signal
Last of all is the Tab A with S-Pen that has the same 2GB RAM as the LTE version but offers WiFi only connectivity.
All three tablets get a 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor and 6000mAh battery. This should give you enough speed for multi-tasking and enough power to get you through a day of use.
Samsung have sent out a press release with a lot more information below, which includes a range of pre-installed applications by Microsoft.
All three versions will be on sale here in the UK next week.
SAMSUNG UNVEILS NEW GALAXY TAB A
The perfect tablet for everyday use set to land in UK stores from 21 May
London, UK – 14th May – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the all-new Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available in the UK from 21st May. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A introduces a new screen size designed to create an improved viewing experience alongside high-performance features, making it a smart device that people can rely on every day.
The Galaxy Tab A is high quality yet affordable and designed to be used by the whole family. It can be customised to individual tastes, making it perfect for anyone looking for a device that can be used by more than one person. Designed to offer maximum portability the light, slim Galaxy Tab A measures just 7.5mm – perfect for people who want a practical device they can use wherever, whenever.
“The Galaxy Tab A has the power and performance our customers have come to expect from the Samsung Galaxy range, and with Wi-Fi, LTE and S-Pen versions available we are offering people more choice when it comes to picking a device that best suits their lifestyle.” commented Conor Pierce, Vice President IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland. “Combining innovative functionality that makes it possible to tailor the tab experience for more than one person with a compact design – the Galaxy Tab A can be used anywhere, anytime. With a new screen ratio designed to optimise the viewing experience, the new Galaxy Tab A is the perfect tablet for people looking for an everyday device that works for them and their family.”
An optimal viewing experience
The Galaxy Tab A features a new 4:3 aspect ratio screen designed to deliver the best possible viewing experience. Reflecting how people are using tablets, the new screen ratio optimises the format of web pages, e-books and e-magazines to provide a better-proportioned and more natural viewing experience. Complementing this new screen display, the Galaxy Tab A also comes pre-installed with a range of premium content via Galaxy Gifts, including free online storage solution OneDrive which gives 115GB of online storage, The Economist and Kindle for Samsung.
Enhanced Kids Mode
Available to download through Galaxy Essentials, Kids Mode allows parents to manage how their children use the Galaxy Tab A by controlling both the length of time children spend on the device and the apps and features they can access. Parents can also monitor usage through user-generated activity reports. At the same time, children can experience their very own ‘kid-designed’ Home Screen and take advantage of special features including Kids Music, Kids Drawing, Sticker Chart and specific ‘Friends’ and ‘Play’ sections, creating an authentic tablet experience that kids can enjoy at the same time as giving parents complete peace of mind. In addition, Multi-Kids Profile allows up to six children to have their very own personalised user profile.
A refined user interface
Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Galaxy Tab A features a more refined user experience. The home screen grid system has been re-designed to fit the new 4:3 aspect ratio, while it is possible to easily transfer files via simple drag and drop into My Files. With expanded notification cards, people can view up to five notifications on the lock screen at any one time, whilst the removal of tabs at the top offers a simplified Contacts layout, with the Favourites list always showing at the top.
Featuring a 5MP rear (main) camera and 2MP front camera, the Galaxy Tab A means capturing unmissable moments in stunning quality is easier than ever before. Auto Focus captures pictures of superb clarity, while One Shot Mode makes it possible to switch seamlessly between One Click Mode and One Click Recording. In addition, Continuous Shot offers the ability to take up to 20 pictures at once with just one touch.
SideSync 3.0 enables the screens, windows and data of the Galaxy Tab A to be shared seamlessly between tablet and PC monitor. Features include remote notification of calls and text messages and Document Share, meaning files can easily be moved from tablet to the monitor.
Quick Connect* means customers can show videos from their Galaxy Tab A on their Samsung Smart TV; stream live TV from their Smart TV to their Galaxy Tab A; and display their ‘daily briefing’ including weather, time and daily schedule on their Smart TV.
Customers can now access a full suite of pre-loaded Microsoft apps and services through the new Galaxy Tab A. Through Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft OneDrive, users can easily access, edit and store documents and photos, while the Skype app allows them to stay connected to the people that matter most.
Multi-capturing and easy-sharing with the enhanced S-Pen
For anyone that seeks a practical device to meet both work and personal needs, the Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen is the perfect choice. The S-Pen enables mouse-like selection to easily select and move contents, while Smart Select enables images to be captured and text extracted.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available in three different versions in the UK including, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (Wi-Fi and LTE) and Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S-Pen (Wi-Fi). The WiFi version will come preloaded with the convenient Multi User mode that lets people create their own personal profile. Running the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A features a 1.2GHz Quad processor, 1.5GB or 2GB RAM (depending on variant) 16GB storage and a Micro SD slot offering 128GB of external storage.