Samsung is now releasing their 2018-2019 model Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0) 4G (SM-T387) from Best Buy, or Verizon, and Amazon where it’s launched for $249:
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 4G LTE (SM-T387) is an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 that was launched this time last year, but we have already covered this new 2018-2019 model for a while as this SM-T387 tablet have filed for regulatory approval under the names Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Samsung Galaxy Tab A Lite. And as we have found out from the benchmark, there are only a few changes that the new SM-T387 model launches with, which is Android 8.1 and Bixby Home for starters.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0) model have either received or will receive the update to Android 8.0 / Android 8.1 depending on the regional market it was bought in. Though it should be said that the Wi-Fi version SM-T380 is still being sold with Android 7.1 preinstalled at the time of the writing.
(UPDATED: The Android 9.0 update for this tablet started rolling out during summer 2019.)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (SM-T387) specifications includes Android 8.1 Oreo, and it’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The microSD card support has gone up from 256GB last year to a maximum of 400GB this year.
Another change is that last year’s 8MP rear camera with flash has been replaced by a 5MP rear camera without flash. The front camera is still a 5MP camera though, both with F2.2 and Full HD video recording.
The 8-inch screen has 1280 x 800 HD resolution with stereo speakers, while internet connectivity comes from with the 4G LTE or the dual-band 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth 4.2. Navigation sensors are GPS and GLONASS.
Ports includes a USB Type-C port, which continues to make it compatible with the charging dock, and it has a 3.5mm audio jack too. The 5000 mAh battery gives the tablet a 13 hour battery life, offering the type of battery life that we have come to expect of Samsung’s tablets.
As for exterior, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (SM-T387) weighs 360 gram and is 8.9mm thick, with the only available color at launch being black.
Official accessories other than the dock, also includes Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ (New) Silicone Cover (EF-PT380TBEGUJ) and Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ (New) Book Cover (EF-BT385PBEGUJ).
Alternative new tablets in the 8-inch Android 8.0 space includes the Chuwi Hi9 Pro and the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4.
– Tom Bowen