Samsung is about to refresh its tablet lineup with an upgrade of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Luckily for all Android fanatics, someone was kind enough to misplace a few photos of what will soon be officially announced. If you just want the juicy details, skip to the TL;DR at the end.
Two images were leaked showing the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018 edition.) They aren’t high quality, but they show a general overview of the hardware. The first obvious change is the curved edges, like what is seen on most newer Samsung phones. This is a controversial change. On a cell phone, curved edges are great, as they help the phone fit into your hand. But on a large device like a tablet, they make the device harder to use.
Another big change is the lack of a physical home button. A lot of new phones have been released without a physical home as it is easiest to manufacture and allows for a larger screen. Samsung followed tradition and increased the screen aspect ratio to 16:10. This gives enough space for a software button and lets gives you more screen real estate in full screen apps.
One disappointment is the camera doesn’t have a flash. While tablets aren’t usually used to take photographs, it’s still something that should be included in devices as the flashlight feature can be extremely handy. There isn’t any excuse for this other than to cut costs. Perhaps Samsung won’t be charging much for this device. We’ll have to wait and see.
- No physical home button
- 16:10 screen
- Curved glass edges
- No camera flash