The emergence of phablet-sized smartphones has ensured that the demand for tablets globally continued to decline. That has not stopped a few OEMs from releasing a couple of them. Samsung has kept faith with its tablet division, churning out a new model once in a while. The tech giant unveiled the entertainment-focused Galaxy Tab S5e during the MWC 2019. Later on in March, the company released a more affordable Galaxy Tab A 8-inch with S-Pen support. Samsung seems to be planning the release of an even cheaper model crammed with entry-level specifications.
The Galaxy Tab will come with an 8-inch display with wide bezels and running Android 9.0 Pie. The tablet is yet to go official but has been listed on a couple of platforms, revealing the “Galaxy Tab A” moniker. One of such listing is the Bluetooth SIG certification the Galaxy Tab A (2019) received recently. The inventory shows the device will have five models. The difference is mainly on the presence of WiFi and LTE. Four of the models with numbers SM-T295, SM-T295C, SM-T295N, and SM-T297 come with LTE support while the fifth model with number SM-T290 is a Wi-Fi-only model. These four different LTE models are most likely to correspond to different regions. Also revealed, is the presence of Bluetooth 4.2 support.
The Galaxy Tab A (2019) with model number SM-T295 also made an appearance on Wi-Fi Alliance where it received certification. The device is expected to be equipped with dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The listing also confirmed the tablet will run on Android 9.0 Pie. In addition, the SM-T295 model was also verified by Google as an Android Enterprise Recommended device.
The Galaxy Tab A (2019) was also spotted on the Google Play Console, revealing a few key details. One of the details is that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 429 mobile platform featuring four Cortex A53 cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz.