Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5″ unveiled with faster chipset, larger screen

by Johnson Daniel
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5" unveiled with faster chipset, larger screen

Samsung has introduced its new tablet, Galaxy Tab A8 with slightly better performance and larger screen size to go with. The new Tab A8 comes with a 10.5″ LCD with 1,920 x 1,200 px resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio.

The new chipset responsible for the Tablet’s performance offers 10% higher CPU performance, the GPU is also 10% faster. The chipset doesn’t come with a name as some sources suggest that it is a Unisoc Tiger T618, a 12 nm chipset with two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores, plus a Mali G52 MP2 GPU. This replaces the Snapdragon 662 chip of the Tab A7 (11 nm, four Cortex-A73 and four A53 based cores, Adreno 610).Galaxy Tab A8 specifications

The Tab A8 comes with a 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage setup for its base model and 4/64GB, 4/128GB memory configuration. There is also space for storage expansion with the help of a dedicated MicroSD slot.

For photography, there is a 5MP selfie camera on the front (with a fixed focus lens), plus an 8MP camera on the rear (autofocus) for photos and videos.

There will be two versions of the Galaxy Tab A8 – one with Wi-Fi only and one with LTE if you need connectivity on the go. Both have Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5. Wired connectivity includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB-C 2.0 port (so no DeX support, that’s only for S-series devices).

The device also comes with an entertainment built-in – Samsung TV Plus offers a stream of 200+ free channels (live and on-demand, available in select markets), also you get 2 months of YouTube Premium for free.

The tablet is powered by a 7,040mAh battery. It supports 15W fast charging, but in the retail package, you will only get a 7.5W charger.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2021) will be available in Europe this month at a start of €230 while the US and other regions will get it in January. It will be available in Gray, Silver and the new Pink Gold colour.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021) specifications

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2021, December 15
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2021, December
BODY Dimensions 246.8 x 161.9 x 6.9 mm (9.72 x 6.37 x 0.27 in)
Weight 508 g (1.12 lb)
SIM Nano-SIM
DISPLAY Type TFT
Size 10.5 inches, 319.7 cm2 (~80.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1200 x 1920 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~216 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS Android 11, One UI 3
Chipset Unisoc Tiger T618 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali G52 MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Single 8 MP, AF
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 5 MP
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers (4 speakers)
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC No
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 7040 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 15W
MISC Colours Gray, Silver, Pink Gold
Models SM-X200, SM-X205
SAR EU 0.92 W/kg (body)
Price About 230 EUR

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