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Samsung quietly launches Galaxy Tab A – a mid-range Tab S4 alternative

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, the predictably named follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. But while the premium-priced £599 tablet (with optional £119 keyboard) got all the attention, the South Korean firm had another model up its (figurative) sleeve: the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

Samsung hasn’t yet given us a ballpark price, but it’s hard to believe it’ll cost more than the Tab S4 when everything about it is substantially weaker.

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For one thing, it doesn’t have S-Pen or keyboard support, making it more of a bog-standard tablet than its all-singing, all-dancing stablemate. There are two features the Tab S4 and Tab A have in common: a 7300mAh battery and a 10.5-inch display.

Otherwise it’s all change. For starters, that screen is a 1080p LCD panel, rather than the 2560 x 1600 AMOLED beauty you’ll find on the Tab S4.

It’s a similar story for the components that you can’t see. The Tab A uses the Snapdragon 450 processor rather than the 835; it has 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB; and it maxes out at 32GB of storage, instead of the 64GB/128GB configuration found on the S4.

On top of this, there’s no room for an iris scanner, and it doesn’t take advantage of Samsung DeX to become a quasi-PC in a pinch.

If you’re wondering why you’d buy one considering the compromises Samsung has made, then the chances are this tablet isn’t aimed at you.

This feels like a family-friendly tablet, and the features Samsung are pushing reinforce this reputation. There’s a ‘Daily Board’ mode that displays a clock, calendar and pictures when not in use.

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Then there’s Kids Mode, where the grown-up functions of the tablet are locked down, and replaced by eight child-friendly apps (including a nostalgia-tinged Brio train builder one).

A lot of the Tab A’s appeal will depend on the price Samsung positions it at – and currently, we have no idea what that’ll be. There’s no release date, either, but you’d imagine we’ll know more when pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 open on August 9.

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