Samsung’s confirmed a brand new Galaxy Tab A 10.5 alongside its high-end Galaxy Tab S4. It’s not as powerful as the Galaxy Tab S4, but there are some very good reasons to consider making it your next tablet.
If you’re hunting for a new tablet in 2018 you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 is the company’s new flagship, but it’s not the only show in town.
In fact, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is still a top of the line choice thanks to its cheaper price point and its move to Android 8.0 Oreo.
You’ll also want to look at Apple’s iPad lineup which includes the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and an upgraded 9.7-inch iPad. The company is also rumored to be working on a new iPad Pro for 2018 and it’s expected to launch alongside the company’s new iPhones in September.
The Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab S3 and Apple’s iPad are three solid options, but they aren’t the only tablets you should have your eyes on as we push deeper into the year.
In addition to the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung is planning to release a cheaper 10-inch alternative dubbed Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 isn’t a powerhouse like the Galaxy Tab S4, but it’s far more affordable and will appeal to those that want a solid big screen experience without having to shell out $600+.
Samsung’s new mid-range tablet features Android 8.1 Oreo, a Snapdragon 450 processor, an 8MP camera, tons of storage, and a huge battery. There’s also an LTE model for those that want to take their work or entertainment on-the-go.
Samsung and its retail parents will start taking Galaxy Tab A 10.5 orders soon ahead of a global release date in late August on the 24th. And while some of you might want to put in an early order or buy this tablet the day it comes out, many others will want to take a raincheck and wait a little bit longer to make a move.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 and the best reasons to wait.
Buy for the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, and you don't want to spend $650 on the Galaxy Tab S4, you might want think about going with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
While you might be tempted to go with another budget option like the Galaxy Tab S3 or the company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from 2016, know that software support for those devices is going to end much sooner than it does for the Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
Samsung usually keeps its devices upgraded with major Android software updates (Android P, Nougat, Oreo, etc) for two years.
You're guaranteed to get security patches and bug fixes beyond the two year mark, but support for the device will eventually stop and your device will become outdated.
Samsung also tends to hold some features back from older devices either due to hardware limitations or for marketing purposes.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is one of the first Samsung to devices running Android 8.1 joining the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5's software comes with a Kids Mode that'll help you keep tabs on your kids usage and there's also a multi-user mode that's perfect for those of you that want to share the tablet with a family member.
If having the latest features, patches, and fixes is important to you, think about picking up the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. It's setup nicely for the future.