A new year calls for another refresh of tablets. Despite the decline in tablet sales, Samsung is still continuing to push more tablets with a 2016 refresh of its Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E series. The Galaxy Tab A is their productivity tablet with an S-Pen while the Galaxy Tab E is their affordable tablet offering.
Galaxy Tab A
From the pictures leaked by @evleaks, the design is pretty much the same slab like any other Galaxy Tablets. The only noticable change is the texture of the back which appears to be having a fine dotted grain for the Tab A while the Tab E goes for a faux leather look. Spec-wise, Sammobile mentions that it will likely get a modest 7″ display with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor with just 1.5GB RAM to go.
We hope this time Samsung will give the display a bump as the current Galaxy Tab A is doing a very low 1024×768 pixels resolution. It will also get an S Pen, at least 8GB of storage with microSD expansion, 5MP + 2MP camera combos and a 4,000mAh battery.
Galaxy Tab E
For the affordable Galaxy Tab E, there’s no details of its specs yet but don’t expect anything spectular from this entry-level tablet. At the moment, Samsung is taking 13.7% market share in the tablet segment at No. 2, right behind Apple with 24.5% market share. As smartphones are getting bigger, the next growth of tablets are convertibles like the iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro and most recently the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. Even with its crazy expensive price tag, the iPad Pro is the best selling convertible, and it outsold Microsoft’s entire Surface lineup. Are tablets still relevant in this day and age? Or is the decline of sales is attributed to longer lifespan since tablets are mostly media consumption devices. Let us know in the comments below.