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Samsung Galaxy Tab E officially announced

Samsung shows off their new mid-range tablet to be released in Taiwan.

Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Tab E on Monday, and it is a midrange tablet with relatively low-end specs. The device will be coming only to Taiwan. Unlike the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 that released early last year, the Tab E will be far more affordable. Unfortunately, the low price does being some drawbacks in terms of power and other features.

Samsung's latest tablet will be 8.5 mm thick and will weigh in at about 1.08 lbs. The display is 9.6 in diagonally and has a resolution of 1280x800. Like many other tablets, the Tab E will feature both a front-facing camera as well as one on the back of the device, and they will be 2 MP and 5 MP respectively. The tablet will be running on a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. The storage space is surprisingly lacking at only 8 GB, and while it is expandable, most tablets and even smartphones today include a minimum 16 GB of storage. This almost requires that the user buy an SD card to increase storage space, and this defeats the purpose of a low price.

It is also peculiar that the device will release with Android 4.4 KitKat rather then the latest version of the OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Some have speculated that the Tab E is simply not powerful enough to run the latest operating system. A release date has been set for the end of the month, and in Taiwan the tablet will have a starting price that is equal to $226. Any other regions that the tablet will be sold in is also unknown as of right now, but more information may be coming soon.


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Joseph Lambert, 2015-06-16 (Update: 2015-06-16)