Rumblings about a 7-inch Galaxy Tab A (2016) have been around for a while now, the sequel to last year’s 8-inch and 9.7-inch models. Samsung has now made the tablet official, listing it on various company websites with its German page offering the most complete listing.
As far as specs go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) belongs to the affordable category with features that wouldn’t be out of place within the mid-range market segment. The company hasn’t put up any details about its price yet, though some third-party retailers are selling it for €169 (approx $188 or Rs 12650).
Samsung has mostly retained the look of the tablet’s predecessors and its specs haven’t been altered too much either. It comes with a smaller 7-inch LCD screen which outputs its visuals in a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It further carries a lower capacity 4000mAh battery which is supposed to last for 100 hours of streaming music and 9 hours of video.
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The Galaxy Tab A (2016) does not offer support Samsung’s S Pen. The German listing mentions that it ships with a special Kids Mode. The feature apparently aids the development of digital literacy in children with the help of painting tools and lively sound effects. It also comes with the option of locking individual apps to help parents supervise what their kids have access to.
A quick run-down of the top specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016):
– Display: 7-inch, 800 x 1280 pixels
– OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
– CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475
– GPU: Mali-T720
– Memory: 8GB, expandable till 200GB
– RAM: 1.5GB
– Battery: 4000mAh
– Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
– Size: 186.9 x 108.8 x 8.7mm
– Weight: 283g
As per SamMobile, the tablet is expected to be officially launched as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) in Europe and Galaxy Tab E in the US soon. It should be available in both Wi-Fi and LTE variants.