"A first look at Samsung's new mid-range Galaxy Tab duo, the Tab A and Tab E"At an event in Bangalore today, Samsung launched two new mid-range tablets for the Indian market, the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E. Both devices come with SIM card slots for data connectivity, and support voice calling too. At the event, we got our hands on the tablets, and here are our first impressions.
The Galaxy Tab A is the more premium of the two slates. It's very slim, measuring 7.5mm around the waist, and weighs just 320 grams, which makes handling easier. Internationally, the Tab A is available in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, but in India, Samsung has launched only the former. The display features a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, resulting in a very average pixel density of 160ppi. During our brief usage, the display seemed sharp enough with adequate brightness levels and viewing angles. The aspect ratio of the display is 4:3, which Samsung says is ideal for reading or browsing.
The soft-touch back panel features the primary 5MP autofocus camera on top and Samsung branding in the centre. There are two circles on the top right and bottom right corners, just like the ones we saw on the Galaxy Tab S (review), which are meant to attach the optional Book cover.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab E is the more affordable of the two slates. It features a large 9.6-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 800 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 157ppi. While the large 16:10 display might be ideal for those who like to watch videos or play games, sharpness was on the lower side compared to the Tab A. The size also makes it difficult to use one handed, so you might want to invest in a folding case for it. The Tab E is quite slim at 8.5mm, but weighs a meaty 495g. The back panel is made of a textured 'fabric style' material, that doesn't look as sleek as the Tab A's rear, but improves grip.
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