Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) news: 7-inch tablet now official

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Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung recently outed its 2016 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A without much fanfare. The tablet was recently listed on the Samsung website making the model official. News about the tablet leaked before the Mobile World Congress but this recent listing finally reveals its specs. According to a report in Phone Arena, the tablet has a 7-inch display and is considered the next generation of last year’s Galaxy Tab A line.

The Samsung website listing revealed the tablet’s specs, which include a 7-inch TFT screen which has a WXGA resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor with the Mali-T720 GPU, paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. Internal storage is pegged at 8 GB, while a microSD card slot will allow for expansion of up to 200 GB. This is good news for users who need more storage space for their files. 

The device has the following camera set-up: a 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 2-megapixel selfie camera. In order to power the device, battery capacity is a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. This is more than enough for hours of music and video streaming.

The tablet measures 8.7 mm thick and weighs 283 grams. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It will be available in Black and White, and will be equipped with Kids Mode. Given that this is a budget tablet, there will be no S Pen for this device. 

The listing did not indicate the tablet’s price but according to the report, several online retailers have revealed that the Wi-Fi only variant will cost around $188. The variant with both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi will reportedly retail for around $245. If true, these prices are more than affordable for any consumer who wants to get a tablet with decent specs.

A budget-friendly model such as this is usually made for emerging markets, so Samsung has not yet revealed if it will reach U.S. shores.