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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) budget tablet launching soon

The thicker bezels are indicative of a budget-friendly model. (Source: XDA Developers)
The thicker bezels are indicative of a budget-friendly model. (Source: XDA Developers)
The upcoming Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) looks to be Samsung's answer for Amazon's budget-friendly Fire tablets. The 8-inch display comes with ticker bezels, 1280 x 800 resolution, and a selfie cam at the top, while the internal specs include a Snapdragon 429 SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. This model will have LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but it will be missing NFC and fingerprint scanning.

Tablets might not be that popular anymore these days due to the ever-increasing screen sizes on smartphones and the existence of convertible notebooks. Still, Apple and Samsung are updating their tablet lineups each year, but, while Apple is mostly focusing on mid-range and high-end products, Samsung seems to be sticking to budget devices. The Korean giant already showed a few updated models at MWC 2019 this year, including a Galaxy Tab S5e and a Galaxy Tab A Plus 8-inch, and it looks like more budget-friendly versions are on their way, as per some findings coming from XDA Developers.

Digging through the latest Bluetooth SIG certifications, the Android Enterprise Solutions Directory and the Google Play Console, the folks over at XDA Developers found out that Samsung is preparing to launch a new 8-inch Galaxy Tab A tablet with model number SM-T295. Looking at the Bluetooth SIG specs, this unreleased model appears to offer Bluetooth 4.2 support, along with LTE and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, plus it runs Android 9.0 out-of-the-box.

The Android Enterprise Solutions Directory reveals that the SM-T295 model will integrate 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. Users will be able to make calls via the LTE support, but features like fingerprint identification and NFC appear to be missing.

Finally, the Google Play Console information points to a Snapdragon 429 SoC with quad Cortex A 53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz, and the resolution of the 8-inch display is said to be 1280 x 800. The image provided by Google shows a thick bezel display with a selfie cam at the top, plus a main cam on he back, but there are no details on the sensor resolution.

This new tablet model is expected to launch in the coming months with no S-Pen support and a sub-US$150 price tag.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06-14 (Update: 2019-06-14)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.