The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 with Samsung’s S Pen digitizer was launched in Taiwan today. This tablet is by and large identical to the regular Wi-Fi edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 that release in the US on May 1, except for minor hardware differences and some additional software.
The full model name and number for this Asian version is Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (SM-P550NZ), sometimes also referred to as the “Plus” model. So since it is for the Asian markets this means that it has a Beidou navigation sensor in addition to the regular GPS and GLONASS sensors of the models sold in the US.
This S Pen model also has 2GB of RAM instead of the regular 1.5GB of RAM of the non-digitizer model. Another difference is the higher weight due to the integrated Samsung S Pen on the back. It weighs 487 grams instead of the the 449 grams of the regular model.
Other than that it is the same 9.7-inch Android 5.0 tablet with 1024 x 768 resolution and 4:3 aspec ratio, with the 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 16GB/32GB storage with 128GB microSD card support, 100GB free cloud storage from the included Microsoft Office.
Other main specs include dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a battery life up to 12 hours long (6000mAh). The thickness is still 7.5 mm though, even with the integrated pen on the back of the tablet.
During the launch in Taiwan, some of the cut and paste features with the pen were demonstrated, but we’ll have to wait and see what features will be installed in the US and European versions. The S Pen model is expected to launch in the US between May and June sometime. The regular model is in stores now though, and release on May 1st.
– Tom Bowen