Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A, released first in 2017, was a basic tablet with unimpressive hardware. It was designed only to support a very basic tablet experience. A new 4G variant of the Tab A, with upgraded specs and US Carrier support, might be in the works.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A was first spotted on the WiFi Alliance website. The WiFi certifications listed there revealed SM-T387V, SM-T387T, SM-T387P, SM-T387AA, SM-T387VK, and SM-T387R4 model numbers. This indicates that the Galaxy Tab A is probably launching on all major US carriers.
An appearance on the WiFi Alliance is a strong indication that the tablet will be released soon. All indications are that it will probably only be launched in the US carrier framework.
A Geekbench listing for the entry-level Samsung tablet revealed upgraded specs for the US Carrier version of the tablet. The listing was for the SM-T387V model, indicating the Verizon version of the tablet. The listing pointed towards upgraded processor for the 4G variant of the Galaxy Tab A, and Android Oreo out of the box.
This 4G variant of the Galaxy Tab A looks like it will sport a Snapdragon 430 processor, a minor upgrade from the Snapdragon 425 on it’s WiFi predecessor. The 2017 Galaxy Tab A also ran Android Nougat 7.1, but the new 4G variant will run Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box. Samsung decided not to increase the RAM though, so the Galaxy Tab A still only has 2 GB of ram.
The 2017 Samsung Galaxy Tab A (the WiFi variant) came with a pixel resolution of 1200 x 800, and a 16:9 LCD display. It also has a basic 8MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. Unless we recieve any indication otherwise, these basic features of the Galaxy Tab A will probably remain the same on the new 4G variant.
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A is definitely an upgrade from its predecessor, but a minor one at that. Samsung chose not to make any drastic changes in the Galaxy Tab A. Since it’s only a minor upgrade, we can also speculate that the Oreo update for the 2017 Galaxy Tab A is right around the corner.