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Looking for a cheap tablet?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2019 with S-Pen. Samsung

It seems like the tablet industry is in danger of shrinking even more thanks to the move towards foldable phones. But that hasn’t stopped Samsung from offering the 2019 Galaxy Tab A 8.0.

The tablet, spotted on the Samsung Thailand website by XDA-Developers, isn’t going to blow you away when you look at its feature-set. It’s packing an 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 TFT display, a budget-focused Exynos 7904 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.

Rounding out the spec sheet is an 8MP rear camera, 5MP selfie shooter, a 4,200mAh battery, cellular connectivity, and Android Pie (will it get Android Q though?). Oddly enough, there doesn’t appear to be a fingerprint scanner here, while XDA notes that face unlock seems to be missing too. It’s a pity, as even basic face unlock would be more convenient than having to enter a PIN each time.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2019. Samsung

Samsung has also brought the S-Pen to the Galaxy Tab A device, clearly positioning this as a budget slate for students and productivity in general. And the company says the S-Pen has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance — a weird thing to brag about when the device itself seems to lack a significant IP rating.

Pricing details aren’t known just yet, but the specs clearly suggest that we’re looking at a budget purchase. So if you’re looking to get a cheap tablet for your kids (or yourself), you should keep an eye on this one.

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