Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)
$97.99
Brand: Samsung
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 8.0 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), One UI
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Released Date: 31-09-2017

Specifications

General

Device Type Android Tablet
Model Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017), SM-T380, SM-T385, SM-T385M
Released October, 2017
Status Available

Design

Dimensions 212.1 x 124.1 x 8.9 mm
Weight 364 g
Colors Black, Gold

Display

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) IPS LCD
Size 8.0 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. ~189 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor

Platform

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 7.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), One UI
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. Nano-SIM

Hardware

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. Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
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. Adreno 308
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. 2GB
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. 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM
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, Hall
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Technology No

Battery

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. 5000 mAh
Battery Life Up to 14 h (multimedia) (2G) / Up to 36 h (3G)
Charging No

Camera

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. 8 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Image 3264 x 2448 Pixels
Video 1080p@30fps
Camera Features LED flash, HDR
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) Yes with LED Flash

Connectivity

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. 4.2
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. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
USB USB Type-C 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, BDS
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

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews I found the build quality pretty good, though not very high-end feeling. I like the USB-C port but noted the speaker placement wasn't ideal. Regarding performance, he didn't notice any huge differences from competitors and found it handled common tasks smoothly.
- My Next Tablet
User Reviews 2 I found the Galaxy Tab A to be a lightweight and comfortable tablet to hold. The metallic finish looks nice despite the plastic material. Performance seems smooth, with no lags or glitches when scrolling and opening apps. The HD display has good brightness and color reproduction for watching videos.
- mobiscrub
User Reviews 3 I found the design of the Galaxy Tab A to be sleek and practical, with a durable plastic back that provides a good grip. The display is bright and sharp enough for most uses, though it loses some sharpness up close due to the screen resolution. Performance is fairly smooth for everyday tasks, though more demanding games can cause occasional stuttering.
- SmartPick
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Smooth performance for daily tasks
- Good display brightness and color
- Long battery life - over 14 hours video playback
Cons:
- Lower resolution display loses some sharpness up close
- Speakers have awkward placement
- More demanding games can cause lag

Our Rating

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

6.5
  • Performance 5 / 10
  • Display 6 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 7 / 10

Samsung has released an impressive budget tablet option with the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017). This tablet packs a surprising amount of power and features into an affordable package.

During testing, the Galaxy Tab A performed smoothly for common daily tasks like web browsing, video streaming, social media, and light gaming. 

Its quad-core processor easily handles app switching and scrolling. The HD display renders video and images brightly, with accurate colors.

The Tab A also offers robust connectivity, with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and USB-C charging. Expandable microSD storage augments the built-in 16GB or 32GB.

Tab A’s hardware impresses given its low cost. Its plastic back feels sturdy, while metallic accents add style. At just 8.9mm thick and 364g, it fits nicely in one hand. Buttons provide crisp feedback, making navigation effortless.

The touchscreen responds well to taps and swipes. Home, back, and recents keys line the bottom bezel for easy access. 

Speakers project audio adequately, though sideways placement causes muffling in landscape orientation.

For software, the Tab A runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Samsung’s One UI customizations. The interface looks clean and polished. 

Handy tools like multi-window multitasking boost productivity. Vulnerable users also benefit from built-in parental controls and kids mode.

Camera performance proves serviceable but unremarkable. 

The 8MP rear camera captures decent landscape shots but struggles with fine detail. 

Indoor and low light photos look grainy. The front 5MP camera works well enough for video calls and selfies.

Ultimately, buyers seeking strong performance for daily essentials without breaking the bank need look no further than the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. 

For media consumption, communication, web access and light gaming, Samsung has hit the sweet spot combining price, power and portability. 

Power users desiring top-tier gaming and graphics should spend more, but the average consumer will feel well-served.

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