SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB A8 REVIEW

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a superbly built budget tablet, though its poor display might just prompt you lớn go for something a little more expensive
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At a Glance

Expert"s Rating


Our Verdict

Budget tablets don’t come any better built than the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. Throw in a strong phối of speakers và decent battery life, and you’re halfway khổng lồ a top-quality affordable truyền thông player. A poor screen and slow charging hold it back from đứng đầu marks, but it’s a good value option nonetheless.

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Samsung is pretty much the undisputed king of an admittedly rather patchy apk tablet scene right now, with a range of solid slates available for all budgets.

At the opposite over of the scale to lớn the ludicrously OTT Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. Featuring a classy design, one or two stand-out bells & whistles, and an immensely appealing starting price of £219/US$229.


It’s a tempting option if your ngân hàng balance won’t stretch to anything like iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 territory. Our reviews sample was kindly provided by Box.

Design & Build

6.9mm508gThree colours

By far the most impressive thing about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is how well it’s built. If you were to lớn have handed this tablet khổng lồ me in a powered down state, with no accompanying information, I would have assumed it was a mid-range tablet selling for at least double the price.


This is a full-sized tablet with a flat-edged yet slender 6.9mm body toàn thân and relatively minimal bezels around the screen. It’s about as tall as an ipad in portrait view, but nowhere near as wide & a weight of 508g is about par for the course for a 10in slate such as this.

My sample model comes in a very professional-looking Graphite (think dark metallic grey), but it also comes in Silver and Pink Gold.


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It’s not just the way the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 looks that’s impressive though. It feels reassuringly solid in the hand, with a toàn thân that’s primarily made of metal.

There’s a plastic strip along the edge that houses the power and volume keys, as well as presumably enabling network communication (there are both Wi-Fi & LTE models available).


Talking of buttons, one of the biggest omissions here is a fingerprint reader. You’ll have to lớn rely on a clunky passcode entry system or an insecure and flaky facial recognition system if you want to lớn lock your tablet. Neither is particularly great.

Screen và Speakers

10.5in LCDFull HDQuad speakers with Dolby Atmos

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 packs in a 10.5in display with a 1920×1080 resolution – the very definition of Full HD or 1080p.

It’s sufficiently sharp for a budget tablet this size, but in going with a TFT LCD panel, it’s not particularly vibrant or colour-accurate. IPS LCD panels produce better colours & viewing angles.


Sure enough, a gamut coverage of 82% sRGB, 60% Adobe RGB, & 63% DCI P3 really aren’t great và an average Delta E of 4.39 is way off the very best. Just to make that last point clear, the closer to lớn 1 the better, và even a semi-decent display will get lớn around 2.


A peak brightness of 327 nits is ok but nothing special. You certainly won’t enjoy using the tablet outdoors in even relatively bright conditions.

Elsewhere, a basic 60Hz refresh rate means that it’s not especially fluid either. But then, táo apple is still sticking with 60Hz for all of its non-Pro iPads, so far from expected in such a cheap tablet.


It’s the chất lượng of that picture output that’s the real weak point here, especially given that Samsung is really positioning this tablet as an affordable media player. Indeed, it’s gone above và beyond in equipping the Tab A8 with a quad speaker set-up và Dolby Atmos support.


Sure enough, audio is loud & clear, whether watching a film on the preinstalled Netflix ứng dụng or TV & podcast nội dung on the similarly preinstalled Samsung không tính phí app.


It’s just a shame that Netflix content doesn’t look very good, with flat colours and no HDR support.

Specs và Performance

Unisoc Tiger T618 processor3/4GB RAMUp khổng lồ 128GB storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 runs on a Unisoc Tiger T618 processor, together with either 3GB or 4GB RAM. This isn’t the most familiar chip on the market and you might expect Samsung to use one of its own Exynos chips but it runs reasonably well for a budget tablet.

In benchmark terms, a Geekbench 5 multi-core score of 1250 pitches it just above the nokia T20 & about màn chơi with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. In GPU terms, it consistently scores 1 frame or two higher than the hãng nokia T20, as well as the older Galaxy Tab S6 Lite và Galaxy Tab S5e.

Check the scores below compared khổng lồ rivals as well as the more expensive xiaomi mi Pad 5 to highlight the extra performance available if you did spend more.


That’s not to lớn say that things are silky smooth in general navigation, with the occasional pause or stutter when moving around between apps và even trang chủ screens & menus. It’s far from unusable, but I was never in any doubt that I was using a cheap tablet so some patience is needed at times.

When it comes to lớn more intensive tasks like games, it’ll run Slay the Spire just fine, except for a telltale lengthy pause just before your character dies. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a better way to lớn play such 2 chiều fare (as well as the likes of Kingdom Rush) than any £1,000 flagship phone.

Don’t expect the tablet to lớn perform equally well with 3 chiều games, however. I was unable khổng lồ run my usual Genshin Impact găng tay test, as there simply wasn’t enough storage space left over from an initial 32GB once Samsung và Google had taken their considerable system slice.


There’s a strong case for going the 64GB route, though there is the potential for up lớn 1TB of microSD expansion. In the US, you can also buy the Tab A8 in a 128GB capacity if you think you need it.

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I was able to run the well-optimised League of Legends Wild Rift, which ran adequately on low settings. Old warhorse PUBG Mobile, meanwhile, loaded up with HD graphics (the third lowest of six) và a High frame rate, which isn’t bad. The performance in-game wasn’t too great, though, especially with those fuzzy textures blown up lớn 10.5in, but it was playable.

Cameras

8Mp rear camera5Mp selfie camera

The camera doesn’t tend to be the focus of any tablet, & nor should it ever be. That goes doubly for cheap tablets. So, I won’t waste too much time talking about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8’s camera offering, except lớn say that it isn’t very good at all.


You’re getting just a single 8Mp rear camera here, with no flash, and with no ultra-wide or telephoto back-ups, of course. That solitary sensor takes shots that are full of noise, lacking depth & dynamic range & often woefully overexposed.


The 5Mp selfie camera proved borderline unusable on the morning of my kiểm tra shots, seeming completely unable khổng lồ handle the moderately bright conditions of the day. You can see the hideously blown-out results for yourself in the gallery. Still, it’ll serve its intended function as a Zoom camera perfectly adequately.


Nine times out of ten, if you’re looking to lớn take shots with any tablet, I’d suggest you reassess your life choices. But if you insist on pointing và shooting with your 10in device, then know that even a super-cheap smartphone will turn out better results than the Galaxy Tab A8.

Battery Life & Charging

7040mAh15W charging7.8W charger supplied

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 packs in a decent-sized 7040mAh battery, which will last you days of light usage.


Step things up with lots of intense tasks và that figure will drop quite dramatically. In our standard PCMark World 3.0 battery life test, the Galaxy Tab A8 scored a middling 8 hours 49 minutes.


That’s a lot better than recent budget rival the nokia T20 (6 hours 39 minutes), but just beats its older brother, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, on 8 hours & 35 minutes.

While it supports 15W charging, Samsung has only bundled its budget tablet with a 7.8W charger in the box. That’s more than it does with even its most expensive smartphone, but given the form size of that battery, it takes an absolute age lớn get to lớn full.

In my testing, 30 minutes got it from 0 to lớn 10%, while after 3 hours & 15 minutes it hit 80%. Not that speedy charging is as big a khuyễn mãi giảm giá with a tablet as it is with smartphone, of course, but still this is very slow when the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 gets khổng lồ 43% in 30 minutes.


Software

Android 11One UI

Samsung’s latest budget tablet runs on the now out-of-date app android 11 OS, with Samsung’s own One UI handling front of house duties.

Samsung’s software seems khổng lồ be a real love it or hate it affair. It’s not my particular cup of tea, thanks to its overly fussy nature, somewhat gauche menus, sluggish animations và abundance of home-brewed & third-party apps. But I’m well aware plenty of people view it as the quintessential take on Android, even more so than stock Android.

Whatever your view, it can’t be denied that One UI has been reasonably well optimised for tablets. Using two apps simultaneously in split-screen works well in particular, despite the limited hardware underlying it all.


The new Screen recorder function, accessed through the drag-down shortcut settings menu, lets you record whatever’s on your display, together with commentary if you so wish. This has potential benefits for the Galaxy Tab A8 as a teaching and learning tool.


There’s no S Pen compatibility here, however, unlike with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. I understand that budgets were tight, but it feels like a missed opportunity given the Galaxy Tab A8’s likely audience.

Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 landed in the US and here in the UK on January 4, 2022.

Pricing starts from £219 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. You can địa chỉ cửa hàng LTE lớn that for £259, or double your storage and up the RAM lớn 4GB for £249. The top mã sản phẩm gives you 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, & LTE for £289.

You can buy it just about anywhere including Samsung, Box, Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Very, AO, Currys, Ebuyer & Laptops Direct.


As mentioned earlier, the US also has a 128GB mã sản phẩm should you want that much storage. Here’s the price breakdown (RRPs) for all models via the Samsung store:

32GB Wi-Fi – £219/$229.9964GB Wi-Fi – £249$279.99128GB Wi-Fi – $329.9932GB LTE – £25964GB LTE – £289

In the States, you can buy it from Samsung as well as Amazon, BestBuy and even Dell.

In terms of an alternative, the hãng nokia T20 will offer you an even cheaper full-sized game android experience from £180, and with cleaner software và a superior IPS screen to lớn boot. Its performance isn’t very good at all, however.

See more options in our charts of the best budget tablet, best app android tablet and best overall tablet.


Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is another solid budget effort from the king of app android tablets. Its premium design and loud, clear sound are unusually accomplished for a very affordable price – if 32GB is enough storage for you that is.

However, the tablet’s TFT display is disappointingly flat and washed out, compromising its potential as an affordable truyền thông player. The lack of reliable biometric authentication is another downer but not essential và the Tab A8 has a surprisingly excellent sound system.

Performance, while far from spectacular, is perfectly adequate for a tablet of this price, và battery life is very good. It’ll take you an age lớn get back up to 100% from empty with the bundled charger, but that’s not such a pressing issue in the tablet world.


Android 1110.5in, FHD, TFT, 60Hz, flat displayNo fingerprint sensorUnisoc Tiger T6183GB/4GB LPDDR4 RAM32GB/64GB storage8Mp main cameraUp to 8K
30fps rear video5Mp front-facing cameraQuad Dolby Atmos speakersWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acBluetooth 5.07040mAh battery15W charging support, 7.8W in box246.8 x 161.9 x 6.9 mm508gLaunch colours: Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold