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Samsung Galaxy Tab A is another average Android tablet

The 8-inch tablet is a simple replacement of the 2015 model.

Xiomara Blanco Associate Editor / Reviews - Tablets and monitors
Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
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The Galaxy Tab A looks familiar because it is.


Samsung announced a new 8-inch Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab A.

If you feel like you're getting deja vu, it's not you. It's Samsung. 

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Available from Nov. 1 for $230, the new tablet is a basic refresh of the 2015 model with the same exact name. It's confusing, I know.

UK and Australia availability have yet to be announced, but pricing roughly converts to £175 and AU$300.

The ultra-affordable Amazon Fire HD 8 will be big competition for the Samsung tablet. With a similar family-friendly ecosystem at a fraction of the cost, Amazon tablets make it hard to justify a pricey tablet for occasionally reading and then handing it off to the kids to play games or watch movies.

Some specs:

  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • 2GB (RAM) + 32GB (ROM)
  • 1,280x800 pixel resolution
  • 14 hour battery life
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • MicroSD card slot, expandable up to 256GB