After releasing the high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 a few months ago, the South Korean tech giant is reportedly working on renewing the budget Samsung Galaxy Tab A series with a new pair of slates.
According to a listing on Wi-Fi Alliance, there are two variants of the alleged Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017 tablets in the works. One has model number SM-T380 while another has model number SM-T385. The former further gets divided into variants SM-T380 and SM-T380C while the latter gets variants SM-T385M and SM-T385C.
Looking at history, it’s easy to say that the Galaxy Tab A 2017 with model number SM-T380 is the Wi-Fi-only variant while the one with model number SM-T385 will support both Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. While the listing only gives us details of the OS on board, which Android 7.0 Nougat, the device has also made a stop on benchmarking platform GFXBench. Here, we have more details on the expected hardware specs and features of the device and from the listing, it’s indeed a confirmation that this is a budget tablet.
Apparently, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017 has been confirmed with an 8-inch display screen that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, an indicator that it will feature a standard aspect ratio of 16:9. As confirmed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the device has Android 7.0 Nougat on board and under the hood, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC that has a clock speed of 1.4GHz. The processor is paired with an Adreno 308 GPU, a RAM of 2GB and 16GB of onboard storage.
If you do remember well, the 2016 Galaxy Tab A had a RAM of 1.5GB on the Wi-Fi only variant and 2GB on the LTE model. The former has an internal storage of 16GB while the latter gets 32GB of storage, but the CPU is definitely an upgrade from the quad-core 1.2GHz SoC used in both 2016 models.
In terms of cameras, the Galaxy Tab A 2017 will ship with an 8MP sensor on the back and a 5MP shooter for selfies. Both cameras will support 1080p video recording, but only the main camera will come equipped with LED flash, autofocus, face detection, HDR and touch focus, among other features.