Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 (SM-T580) is released in the US today, and is taking orders for a price of $299. That’s cheap for a Full HD Samsung tablet with octa-core procesor: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10-1-SM-T580NZWAXAR/
(UPDATE: This tablet was succeeded by the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) in April 2019)
Amazon haven’t been able to get all the technical details right for this tablet yet, which is typical when they list new products. But this is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) (SM-T580) model with Wi-Fi and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
This Android 6.0 tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution. It is powered by a octa-core 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 7870 processor with a Mali-T830 graphics processor, and 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of storage and microSD card support all the way up to 200GB.
It has a 7300 mAh battery which enables a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 battery life of 13 hours, and it has full Wi-Fi cover, with dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi bands support, and Bluetooth 4.2. The Wi-Fi model is the SM-T580 model, while the 4G LTE model is the SM-T585 model.
Samsung has also put in a LED flash to go with the rear 8MP camera with Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recordings, while the front camera is a 2MP camera. It has all necessary tablet sensors like accelerometer, hall sensor, RGB light sensor, in addition to GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou on both the Wi-Fi and the 4G models.
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 A 2016 model (SM-T580), measure 8.2 mm in thickness, and a weight of 525 grams.
It has support for features such as 8 individual user profiles, and it has Kids Mode, that switches the tablet into a more user friendly environment for children, with bright colors, child friendly icons, and time limitations if you want to restrict how long your kids can use the tablet.
Samsung’s new Tab A 10.1 supports MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM video formats, and MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA audio formats. But you may add more third party codecs if you want of course.
Samsung says they will provide software support for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 into 2018.
– Tom Bowen