Samsung’s never been a company to approach its mobile lineup from a “less is more” perspective, and year after year we continue to see it inundate retail shelves with more products than the manufacturer arguably knows what to do with. As if Samsung didn’t have enough tablet offerings already, earlier this year we picked up on what looked to be plans for a whole lot of additional models, including Galaxy Tab A, Tab J, and Tab E models. Today that last one there goes official, as Samsung lets loose the Galaxy Tab E upon Taiwan.
The Galaxy Tab E is very much a tablet that sacrifices specs for a low price point: the 9.6-inch slate offers a lowly 1280 x 800 screen resolution, gets 1.5GB of RAM, and runs a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC that sure appears to be a Spreadtrum component (a brand we’ve seen before in other low-end Samsung handsets). It looks like the tablet will ship with KitKat rather than Lollipop (nearly unforgivable in this day and age), offer just 8GB of storage (though microSD expansion is a possibility) and so far we’ve only seen a WiFi edition, though evidence has pointed to Samsung’s work on a cellular-equipped model, as well.
What do all those trade-offs do to help keep pricing low? Samsung will reportedly sell the Galaxy Tab E for what works out to about $225 – affordable, granted, but that’s about the price point at which the last Nexus 7 debuted (two years ago, no less), which offered a hell of a lot more hardware for the money. As a result, Samsung may have its work cut out for it in convincing shoppers that the Galaxy Tab E is a smart buy.