Samsung has apparently been really busy with their tablet line up this year. The South Korean tech behemoth has been making the rounds in the rumour mill with multiple tablets apparently incoming.
The first leak we have comes courtesy of the changelog of Samsung’s own Milk Music App which listed a yet to be released “Galaxy Tab S Pro”. The currently available Galaxy Tab S is only available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch flavours. However, if the “Pro” version of the Note tablet line up, the Galaxy Note Pro, is any indication, we may be expecting the release of a larger 12.2-inch “Pro” variant.
In addition to this, we have leaks of the trademark application from Samsung for 3 new tablet lines: the Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy Tab E and Galaxy Tab J. We’ve already seen this naming convention being used by Samsung in their new line of smartphones in an effort to “simplify” their line up. If that is any indication of what’s to come, we’re bound to see a slew of tablets hit the market in the coming months at various price points and specifications to match. However, not much else is available for the devices in the trademark application.
Galaxy Tab A & Galaxy Tab A Plus Specifications
Fret not, a more recent leak by SamMobile has revealed the details of the upcoming Galaxy Tab A series. There will apparently be two versions of the the tablet: the Galaxy Tab A and the Galaxy Tab A Plus. Both of these tablets will be coming in two sizes: 8- and 9.7-inches. Both versions of the tablets will apparently share similar specifications across the board with the main differentiation between the two being the inclusion of an S-Pen and extra RAM on the Galaxy Tab A Plus. The smaller 8-inch variant of the Tab A and Tab A Plus is rumoured to becoming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with 1.5 GB of RAM on the Tab A and 2GB of RAM on the Tab A plus. Both the tablets will come with a 5-MegaPixel camera and a 2-MegaPixel front facing camera with 16GB of onboard storage and a 4,200 mAh battery. The larger 9.7-inch variants will come with the same with larger capacity batteries (6,000 mAh) and a Qualcomm AP8016 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.
Both tablet lines will be coming in with a slim 7.4 mm profile and will be available in both WiFi and 4G LTE variants. The specifications of the device make them decidedly midrange and with Samsung bringing a premium feature like the S-Pen to the midrange, it’ll be interesting to see what else the manufacturer has planned.
Changing Philosophies: Adopting the 4:3 Aspect Ratio
One of the biggest changes we can expect to see from Samsung is the adoption of the 4:3 aspect ratio in their upcoming tablets. Even the Galaxy Tab A and Tab A plus above will be coming with the 4:3 aspect ratio. The move comes as a surprise as Samsung has always stuck to their guns when it came to using the 16:9 aspect ratio.
Initially, only Apple adopted this standard but recently, companies such as Google and Microsoft have also opted for it as seen in their releases of the Nexus 9 and Surface Pro 3 respectively. It is speculated that Samsung has adopted this standard to compete more directly with the devices. However, it would seem like Microsoft’s argument that the 4:3 aspect ratio gave more real estate for users to work with may be more true.