Focused entirely on flagship phones and unusually powerful mid-range handhelds this beginning of the year, as well as a surprising Windows-based Surface Pro challenger, Samsung must also turn its attention to Android tablets one of these days.
When it does, we could be looking at a full-on invasion of mostly familiar, mostly lackluster 7 to 10-inch models, some targeting children, others families. But while the 2016 Galaxy Tab S revisions seem to bring merely minor upgrades to the table, the jumbo-sized Tab A sequel may vastly improve on its predecessor.
Primarily, in the screen resolution department, with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels offered instead of a mediocre 1,024 x 768, but also as far as processing power goes, and naturally, in terms of pre-loaded software too.
The upcoming 10-incher, model numbered SM-T585, apparently packs an octa-core Cortex A53-based 1.7GHz CPU and ARM Mali-T830 GPU. The resulting SoC is likely the homebrewed Exynos 7870, which we’ve only seen powering the Galaxy J7 (2016) phone so far.
Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in pre-release performance tests already, the Galaxy Tab A 10.0 (2016) further features 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, 8 and 2MP cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS support, and even cellular connectivity.
The name is obviously not confirmed at the moment, but judging by the SM-T585 alias, this has a lot more in common with last year’s Tab A 9.7, aka SM-T555, than the Tab S2 9.7 (SM-T815) or Tab E 9.6 (SM-T561). Hence, it’s probably a radically improved but ultimately still mid-end Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
Source: GFX Bench