Announced officially in August 2018, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is one of the best tablet money can buy you at the moment, particularly if you are budget conscious and have a thing for Samsung products.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 was released alongside the Galaxy Tab S4 — Samsung’s flagship tablet for 2018. While the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 comes with impressive specs and performs quite decently, in reality, it is more of a low-cost counterpart to the latter. But in all, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a great addition to Samsung’s line of tablets, and going by the OEM’s official press release, Samsung seeks to “make life easier, and more entertaining for the whole family” with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018).
Pth some highlight specifications of the device below and let’s further see what Samsung —as one of the leading name in the declining tablet market— is offering with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018).
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) Key Specifications
- Display — 10.5-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS LCD
- Dimension — 260mm x 161.1mm x 8 mm
- CPU — Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
- RAM — 3GB
- Storage — 32GB (expandable to 512GB via SD card)
- Primary (rear) camera — 8MP
- Secondary (front-facing) camera — 5MP
- Battery — 7300mAh non-removable Lithium Polymer
- Operating System — Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9
- Sensors — Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, RGB Light, Hall Sensor
- Connectivity — Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth, VoLTE
Design and Display
Although the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 takes the same form factor (simple but mundane) as with almost every other tablets carrying the Samsung emblem, it does impress in some aspects. Its build quality, for example, is an interesting side to the tablet. The front is made entirely out of glass while the rear is made of a smooth and finely polished metal.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 houses a single camera and LED flash on the rear, a single shooter above the display, Nano SIM card and SD card slot on the right, keyboard dock on the left, USB-C port at the bottom, 3.5mm headphone jack and a pair of speakers at the top and bottom. If you are the type that basically uses your tablet as a mobile entertainment system for music and movies, the four (4) speakers on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a lot to get excited about.
Although the tab has a big 10.5-inch display, it comes in a 16:10 aspect ratio which helps make the tablet narrow and easy to hold in thr hands. The screen is a Full HD display with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution and 215 ppi Pixel density. Brightness is also decent and there is a ‘High Brightness’ mode that allows users to further crank up brightness level beyond normal level.
Processor, OS, and Storage
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 450 SoC laced with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 506 graphics unit. Although the CPU comes with eight cores (Octa-core) and can clock up to 1.8GHz, in real life, it is an entry-level processor and you shouldn’t expect fluid and unruffled performance during heavy multitasking and gaming on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
The tab comes in a single variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in memory configuration. The dedicated SD card slot, however, allows storage expansion to the tune of 512GB. The out of the box operating system is the Android v8.1 Oreo OS and it isn’t clear if users will be able to upgrade to the Android 9 Pie at a later date or not.
Camera and Battery
With the exceptions of some tablets like Apple’s iPads, Microsoft’s Surface tablets etc., not too much should be expected from a tablet’s optical shooters. Same applies to the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018). The device comes with a single 8-megapixel shooter on the rear and a 5-megapixel sensor on the front.
Be assured that the quality of images produced by these shooters won’t be poor but, of course, they won’t be top-class either.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is powered by a high-capacity 7,300mAh Lithium Polymer battery that can conveniently supply up to 24 to 72 hours of usage — depending on varying usage manner and intensity. Power utilization by this tablet is decent, but charging isn’t. You’d need about 3-4 hours to get a full charge if the battery gets flat.
Samsung is selling the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 as a cheaper option to the $650 Galaxy Tab S4 tablet. At about $450, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is truly cheaper than the Galaxy Tab S4 but overpriced when viewed from the perspective of specs it brings on board.
If you can make do with a tablet without a fingerprint sensor, fast processor, stylus pen support, and AMOLED display in 2018, then the Galaxy A Tab 10 might just be for you. If not, you are better off with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.