The Samsung Galaxy Tab A lineup is headed to the US on May 1st

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Samsung made a name for themselves in the mobile field with the Galaxy S lineup, and while their tablets are popular, they don’t sell nearly as well as the iPad. Sammy’s A series slates still can’t compete with Apple, but they are an affordable Android alternative that’s headed to the states.

Samsung’s has ditched the plastic and the old aspect ratio for the Galaxy Tab A lineup, which is something a lot of folks wanted to see. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to keep the specs in the mid-range, which isn’t all that exciting, but does help to keep the price cheap. Both tablets are similar, so let’s take a look at those specs.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 9.7 both sport 1.2GHz quad-core chips with 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage space. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the usual suspects along with Android 5.0. The cameras are about what you’d expect as well, so you’ll get a 5MP snapper on the back and a 2MP sensor on the front.

Now for the differences. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768, while the 9.7-inch model sports a large display with the same resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The 8-incher has a 4,000mAh battery which should provide a reasonable amount of juice, but it pales in comparison to the 6,000mAh battery found in its larger sibling. Both models have LTE variants with more RAM and storage, but they weren’t mentioned in the press release, so US availability appears to be up in the air at the moment.

The specs of the Galaxy Tab A series might not impress, but their price surely will. The 8-inch Galaxy Tab A is available for $229, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 price is listed at $299. There will be an S-Pen edition of the larger model as well for $349. The regular editions of the Galaxy Tab A’s are going up for pre-order today from Samsung, and will arrive online and through retailers like Best Buy and Amazon on May 1. If you want the S-Pen edition, you’ll want to wait a little longer until May 17.

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