Refreshed 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab A (2020) with LTE, hi-res display hits the US for just $279
Samsung has rolled out its 2020 refresh for the 8-inch Galaxy Tab A model in the US as expected. As with its standard approach, the updates are largely incremental, but performance gets a notable boost going from a 4-core Snapdragon 429 to an unspecified octa-core (likely Exynos) model. The original Snapdragon chip had four efficiency focused Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The new model features four higher performance cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and four efficiency cores clocked at 1.6 GHz.
Its 8.4-inch LCD display gets a big boost in resolution over the 2019 model moving from a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels to 1920 x 1200 pixels, which should provide a big leap in sharpness. Although the battery gets a minor capacity cut from 5,100 mAh to 5,000 mAh, Samsung is still promising an iPad-equaling 10 hours of battery life, despite the inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity as standard and the higher res display. The selfie-camera also gets an upgrade from 2 MP to 5 MP.
Galaxy Tab A (2020) is fitted with a reasonable 32 GB of storage which is at least expandable if you want to do more than just stream content with it. It is shipping now through Verizon for US$279 and will be coming soon to other carriers as well.