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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019): A budget tablet that disappoints in many ways

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet with deficits. (Image source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet with deficits. (Image source: Samsung)
Our recent review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) revealed some weak points about Samsung's latest budget tablet. In particular, the performance of its SoC is not up to scratch and holds back the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) in daily use.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a rock-solid tablet. However, it is also an affordable Galaxy Tab that is unsuitable for most people. Principally, its Snapdragon 429 performs poorly in One UI and on an 8-inch display. This is compounded by Samsung including 2 GB of RAM and eMMC flash storage, with the latter now only finding its way into budget devices.

Worse still, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) has a TFT panel, a display technology that has largely been replaced by IPS and OLED panels. Not only is the TFT panel in the Tab A 8.0 low resolution, but it has a low pixel density too. Overall, browsing the UI feels sluggish, and text looks blurry. Even just switching the tablet from portrait to landscape mode takes a few moments, which will likely frustrate most people.

The Tab A 8.0 is not, unsurprisingly, suited for gaming either. While its Qualcomm Adreno 504 GPU supports modern APIs like Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 2.0 and Direct3D 12, it cannot play complex titles like Asphalt 9: Legends even at low settings.

Please see our Galaxy Tab A 8.0 review for our full thoughts on the device.

(Image source: Samsung)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01- 4 (Update: 2020-01- 3)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.