Samsung has unveiled a new tablet together with its digital assistant Bixby.
The Galaxy Tab A will be available in WiFi and 4G version, so buyers can choose depending on their needs. It features a metal back for a premium look and feel, despite its relatively affordable price tag.
Thankfully, tablets haven’t caught up with the borderless trend yet. What we have is the traditional 16:9 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Running the show is a 1.4GHz processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Moving to the other side, Bixby Home is a card-based contextual interface of the digital assistant built by Samsung. Bixby Reminder is also here, which probably takes care of reminding and keeping notes.
In case you’re going to leave the Galaxy Tab A idle for a while, there’s a Home mode available which can populate the screen with useful information like the weather, time, and calendar. It can act as a photo frame as well, with the ability to display and rotate 50 images.
Tablets aren’t really used for photography, but there’s an 8-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 embedded inside for the rare cases that it will be used. In front, a 5-megapixel selfie camera can be used for video chats. Those who frequently use cameras can enable a floating camera button, so that it’s available wherever you are in the tablet.
There’s an ample 5,000mAh battery inside which is more than enough for day’s worth of use. However, we can’t say the same for the 4G version because it consumes more power.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A WiFi model retails for $240 (~Php12,000) while the LTE variant is priced at $280 (~Php14,000) in South Korea. As of now, there’s no information about international availability.