It looks like Samsung might be a little embarrassed with its latest low-cost Android slate effort, as the oft-leaked 7-inch Galaxy Tab A (2016) nonchalantly crops up on the company’s official German website the very day the S7 and S7 Edge phones are launched in stores worldwide.
Not that the humble 7-incher would have made more headlines and turned many heads any other day, even if unveiled with decent glitz. It’s by no means special, high-end or innovative, and its only chance of striking gold at the box-office is a super-low price tag.
We don’t know for sure how much the smallest Tab A version to date will cost, but rumors circle €150 on European shores with just Wi-Fi connectivity, which is probably not cheap enough. Not when an unnamed quad-core 1.3GHz processor runs the hardware show, aided by 1.5GB RAM, and you’re provided a measly 8GB internal storage space.
On the plus side, the Galaxy Tab A (2016) obviously supports microSD expansion, and sports a 1,280 x 800 display with a higher ppi count than last year’s 8-inch model. The 4,000 mAh battery isn’t so terrible either, and you could probably do worse than 5 and 2MP cameras.
The ultimate deal-breaker unfortunately is pre-installed Android 5.1 Lollipop software, an unacceptable OS iteration when N’s release draws near. Try again, Samsung, and this time, do better, no matter the additional production costs and retail pricing.