Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7
Brand: Samsung
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 9.7 inches, 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916
  • RAM: 1.5GB (Wi-Fi), 2GB (LTE)
  • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Battery: 6000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Released Date: 20-04-2015



Device Type Android Tablet
Model SM-T550 (Wi-Fi); SM-T555 (3G/LTE); SM-P550 (Wi-Fi with Stylus); SM-P555 (3G/LTE with Stylus)
Released April, 2015
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5 mm
Weight 450 g (Wi-Fi), 453 g (LTE)
Colors Smoky Titanium, Smoky Blue, 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 capacitive touchscreen
Size 9.7 inches
Resolution 768 x 1024 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. ~132 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 5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
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. Micro-SIM


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 Snapdragon 410 8916
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
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 306
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. 1.5GB (Wi-Fi), 2GB (LTE)
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 (Wi-Fi), 16/32GB (LTE)
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, ANT+
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, dual speakers
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. 6000 mAh Li-Ion
Battery Life 14 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, AF
Front Camera 2 MP
Video 720p@30fps
Camera Features Auto focus, Geo-tagging
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. 4.1
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, hotspot
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. Yes, with A-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 reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. My wife is a real estate agent. She felt she could carry this tablet to meet clients and sign papers. But she mentioned the quality of the screen not being good enough for viewing pictures of homes or reading text.
- Matthew Moniz
User Reviews 2 I found the tablet to be very light and easy to hold in one hand. Performance was enjoyable overall. There were occasional small hiccups, but nothing major. Battery life was very good, lasting around 9 hours of screen on time.
- Nick Ackerman
User Reviews 3 I found the tablet to be very light and easy to hold in one hand. The rear camera takes good quality photos and videos despite only being 5MP. Performance was good overall, with the tablet scoring around 22,000 on Antutu benchmarks.
- korguenkomodo
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Lightweight and easy to hold in one hand
- Good battery life, lasts around 9 hours
- Rear camera takes good quality photos and videos
- Screen sharpness not great for viewing pictures or reading text
- Occasional small performance hiccups
- Size is a bit large for a 2 year old child

Our Rating

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

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

Samsung has added a new mid-range tablet to its Galaxy lineup – the Tab A

Released in May 2015, this 9.7-inch Android slate aims to deliver an iPad-like experience at a more affordable price point. 

After testing, we found the Galaxy Tab A succeeds for the most part, offering snappy real-world performance, long battery life, and decent specs for casual users.

In hand, the Galaxy Tab A feels light and comfortable at just 450g

We could easily grip it in one hand for extended reading or video watching sessions. 

The rear plastic panel isn't a premium look, but helps keep weight down.

Powered by a quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM, the Tab A delivers a mostly smooth experience whether web browsing, streaming video, or playing music. 

Gaming performance also impressed us, with the tablet competently running graphics-heavy titles like Mortal Kombat 5

Sure, we noticed minor lag at times, but nothing majorly impactful.

The Tab A's 9.7-inch screen is nice and immersive, though lacks sharpness compared to pricier tablets. 

Viewing pictures and reading text left us wanting more. 

Still, for the cost, users more focused on video or gaming should be satisfied. 

Plus, the dual speakers pump out relatively full, loud audio.

Battery life stands out as a real highlight, lasting around 9 hours during our testing. 

This should get most users through a full day of varied use without issue. Recharging happens via microUSB port.

Camera performance also exceeded expectations, with the 5MP rear sensor taking pleasingly detailed shots and 720p video. 

The front 2MP camera should suffice for the occasional selfie or video call as well.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab A brings iPad-like hardware and a crisp Android experience to the mid-range category. 

Performance hangs with pricier slates, while battery life outruns them. 

If you want capable tablet basics without the high-end costs, the Tab A makes for a strong value play.

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