With your smartphones getting bigger and the sizes of laptops getting more compact, tablets are, well, more of an acquired taste these days. But still, that hasn’t stopped companies to come out with more tablets and upgrading their previous tablets. And so, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5″ gets a 2018 version. While the international markets got it about a few weeks ago, it has also made it’s way to Nepal.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a big tablet – well, of course, its name gives it away. The 10.5″ IPS LCD display is not stunning, but good enough, nonetheless. It has a Full HD+ resolution (1200 x 1920) with a pixel density of 216 PPI. That is actually nowhere near enough for a display that size, but as I said, tablets are kind of another market. For 2018, the bezels are still big.
It has a polycarbonate body, and design-wise doesn’t win any points. However, it back feels polished and textured, which feels really nice. It has got 4 speakers on the top and the bottom, which might be the best part about this tablet, really. It features an 8 MP camera on the back with f/1.9 aperture and a 5 MP camera up front. Cameras on this thing are pretty tablet-ish, nothing special about them, just regular cameras.
Under the hood, it is powered by a low-range Snapdragon 450 chipset and supported by 3 GB of RAM. Now, I feel like this isn’t enough power at all, for a tablet and it’s price, but that’s what we get. Also, there’s 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512 GB with a microSD card. This tablet runs on Android 8.1 with Samsung Experience 9.5 UI on top. Also, it gets 4G LTE support as well. It has got a large battery of 7300 mAh, and can take up to 3 hours to fully charge.
It’s priced internationally at about $450, and it costs Rs.54,490 in Nepal. The pricing is actually appropriate for what it costs around the world, considering it costs about 30000 in India. But with all that it packs, the price seems a bit too much everywhere.
First, I don’t understand why this doesn’t pack enough power. I mean, it’s easier to play games on a tablet, so, why not a more powerful chip on it? Looking at the hefty price to features ratio, you can see why tablets are a dwindling market. However, this thing is big, and with 4 speakers, it is a good entertainment package for consuming media. And it is now here in Nepal as well.
Specs Overview | Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018
- Display: 10.5″ IPS LCD Full HD+ (1200 x 1920) with 216 PPI and 16:10 aspect ratio
- Processor: Snapdragon 450
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (expandable up to 512 GB with microSD)
- Cameras: 8 MP primary + 5 MP front
- Battery: 7300 mAh
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5
- Price: Rs.54490
So, what do you think about this tablet? Would you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2018 10.5? Do let us know your views on this.