The Samsung tablet that has confused people the most this year has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2022) model.
For a long time this tablet popped up here and there and seemed like it had not gone through any changes over the original model that launched as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 back in September 2020, with the model numbers SM-T500 and SM-T505.
So this year the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 with the new model number SM-T503 showed up, without Samsung announcing why.
This was particularly perplexing since the original tablet had already been succeeded by the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8.
But Samsung started selling it from their business/enterprise divisions, and eventually it was also sold from the regular Samsung store and from Amazon as well.
A few people have asked me about this particular model again because I’m told has showed up on some very early Black Friday offers.
So what is it and did anything change?
Yes, Samsung made one change from the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) SM-T500/SM-T505 models to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2022) SM-T503, and that was a change of the processor.
It was originally launched with a octa-core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, but the SM-T503 model features a 2.0 GHz octa-core Unisoc T618 (UMS512T) processor instead.
Judging it by its new benchmark score in Geekbench 5, it got a boost of around 17% when running single-core, scoring an average of 363, but when running multi-core, the performance actually decreased by over 10%, coming in at an average of around 1220.
So I think this explains why Samsung never made any announcement of the new model. It was just meant to fill a market space in the business segment, where tablets are often assigned very specific and repetitive tasks.
The one benefit that both versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 have though compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, is that Samsung also made a dedicated keyboard for it.
If you are thinking about buying this tablet, it’s possible to download the manual (PDF) directly from Samsung first.
– Tom Bowen