Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016)
Brand: Samsung
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 7 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3475
  • RAM: 1.5 GB
  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Released Date: 12-03-2016



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016)
Released March, 2016
Status Available


Dimensions 186.90 x 108.80 x 8.70 mm
Weight 283 g
Colors Black, White


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) TFT
Size 7 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 216 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 5.1
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3475
CPU Quad-core, 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A7
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Mali-T720
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1.5 GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 8 GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Technology No


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4000 mAh
Battery Life 4 hours
Charging No


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 2 MP
Image 3264 x 2448 pixels
Video 1280x720 pixels at 30 fps
Camera Features Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 4.0
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS, Glonass
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews I find the tablet provides good value for the price point. The build quality exceeds expectations for an affordable tablet. The battery life is a major plus. I am impressed with the rear camera, microSD slot, grippy back, and reliability.
- Nick Ackerman
User Reviews 2 The tablet runs a slightly older version of Android which feels quite laggy and glitchy at times - an ongoing issue the reviewer has seen across the last few Samsung tablets. I wishe Samsung would use stock Android to improve performance.
- ReviewLamp
User Reviews 3 The tablet has a 7" 1280x800 display, which is an improvement over the low-resolution screens of the prior Tab A series. The new 16:10 aspect ratio is also better for video viewing. Performance seems decent with a quad-core CPU and 1.5GB RAM, though the tablet ships with the older Android 5.1 instead of Marshmallow.
- My Next Tablet
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Good build quality and premium feel
- Solid display resolution of 1280x800 given the price point
- Has a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 200GB
- Base storage is only 8GB with 4.3GB usable, quite limiting
- Performance is bottlenecked by Samsung's older Android 5.1 software
- Front and rear cameras lack quality for photography enthusiasts

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 6 / 10
  • Display 5 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 5 / 10

Samsung recently released an updated version of their budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A tablet, now featuring a 7-inch screen. 

The latest iteration looks to provide solid versatility and battery life. However, some compromises were made to reach the low costs.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab A impresses for the price point. The plastic build feels more premium than expected with a textured back cover. 

Samsung also equipped the tablet with a capable quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a sharper 1280×800 display compared to past models. 

Battery life stands out too, lasting around 4 hours during Netflix streaming.

On the downside, the base 8GB of storage is limiting, with only 4.3GB actually usable out of the box. 

The older Android 5.1 operating system also bottlenecks performance. Lag and glitches appear frequently according to reviews. 

The cameras disappoint as well, lacking fine detail and color accuracy.

The Galaxy Tab A targets mainstream consumers rather than power users. 

Parents buying a starter device for kids, students needing an affordable side tablet, and older users new to tech make up the key demographics. 

The easy to use interface, long battery, and approachable price cater nicely to these groups.

Shoppers wanting top-notch specs, seamless software, and multimedia capabilities should look towards pricier alternatives instead though. 

The display and cameras fail to impress enthusiasts, while the choppy interface remains an ongoing issue for Samsung’s Android tablets.

In conclusion, the Galaxy Tab A 7.0” gives buyers a lot of hardware for the bucks. 

Long battery life, quality construction, and core essentials make it a practical choice for casual tasks. 

But subpar software and camera performance remind that shortcuts were taken to hit budget pricing. 

For general web browsing and video streaming though, Samsung delivers plenty of value and versatility.

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