Samsung has announced pre-orders for a larger-screened tablet as part of it’s Samsung Galaxy Tab A series, a rival to Apple’s iPad. Increasing the screen diameter to 10.1-inches, the 16GB tablet still improves upon many of the features of the smaller devices, namely the 9.7-inch Tab A. The increase in size does not make it the biggest tablet Samsung has to offer, which includes the Galaxy TabPro 12.2 and the 18-inch Galaxy View. Features of the 10.1 include a 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution (a full HD display, compared to the previous models), Exynos 7870 processor, microSD card slot, 16GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM, WIFi, Bluetooth, and a 7300mAh battery. An 8MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus, and f/1.9 aperture (i.e. good for low light photography) along with a 2MP front-facing camera round out the most highlighted features. Budding videographer? The upgraded Samsung Galaxy Tab A is also capable of recording 1080p video, equivalent to an HD YouTube video. Samsung also claims that the new device can handle 13 hours of internet use, and its storage space can expand up to 200 GB with a micro SD card, perfect for movies, music, and other on-the-road entertainment.

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Standard to Galaxy Tab A device is Samsung SideSync™ 3.0, a proprietary system that allows the user to share content and work seamlessly between a Samsung tablet, smartphone, and computer in a manner similar to Apple’s Handoff™. Tablets also feature a Multiple Window system for app-multitasking, a Kid-Friendly Safe Mode to protect your apps and your children from their curious fingers, and a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite. The tablet is not sold with a stylus pen.

Android Community suggests that this tablet is not geared towards tech aficionados, but rather the more casual user. “We can say this new Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range tablet with the given price and specs. It’s not exactly low end but good enough for basic tablet use,” the tech review site said.

While it is still early to fully assess the success of Samsung’s updated tablet, past user experience with the Galaxy Tab A is in their favor. One reviewer, ‘TechGeekD’ expressed the following satisfactory response for the 9.7-inch tablet  on Samsung’s website:

“I have both the Tab A and an iPad. [I] Love the value you of the Tab a and the ability to link quickly do[sic] many apps. Especially the google apps and integration. I am going to buy my son a Tab A for college instead of the iPad.”

The tablet comes in pearl white or metallic black.

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