Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Review

Last Updated on August 12, 2021 by Ernest

Here is everything you want to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite.

When Samsung released the Galaxy Tab A7, you just knew they would release an A7 lite model. The newly released Galaxy Tab A7 lite is a slick and relatively cheaper option than Tab A7. 

The design of the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is perfect for people who would want to carry around their tabs everywhere. It will even fit in your overcoats or small backpacks and even your purse! It really is pocket dynamite.

Make no mistake about it, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a budget-friendly tab but it is also packed with everything you would want from a tablet in that price range. While Samsung did hit it out of the park with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, the Lite version isn’t that far behind either.

The S-Pen stylus is also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, you have to purchase the stylus separately. Just like the stylus, you can purchase a Bluetooth keyboard separately and use it with the A7 Lite tab. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite comes in 2 variants. One with Wi-Fi and the other with LTE.

This very budget-friendly tab starts at the price of $129, and it goes a bit higher depending upon the variant you choose. The quality specifications within the tablet make it really worth your hard-earned money.

One thing of note which we will delve into later but needed to be pointed out is Samsung not budging on the storage space. Keeping it the same as its superior model and even the expandable memory up to 1TB. That is commendable consistency. 

Let’s see how the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite performs and fares in various categories.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
7.4/10 Our Score
  • Affordable pricing
  • Great screen-to-body ratio
  • Lightweight
  • One-hand gesture control
  • Storage
  • Huge battery life
  • No water or dust resistance
  • Does not support 5G
  • Average processor
  • Average camera
6.7

 

For Movies:8

For Note-Taking:5

For Drawing:4

For Gaming:7

For Reading:9

For Photo-Editing:3

For Video Calls:8.5

For Web-Surfing/Social Media:9

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is super affordable but that does not mean it doesn’t have its quirks. But still, the tab’s qualities outweigh its negatives. When you buy such affordable tablets then you want all the basic things included in them and for most of the part, it does not disappoint. 

The A7 Lite does its day-to-day job with ease and is extremely fun to use. It is a highly recommended tablet if you are looking for a low-budget tab.

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

  • Display: 8.7” inch display,  800 * 1340 pixels resolution(179 ppi density)
  • Dimensions: 212.5 x 124.7 x 8 mm (8.37 x 4.91 x 0.31 in)
  • Processor: Android 11, One UI 3.1, Mediatek MT8768T Helio P22T, Octa-Core(4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Memory: microSDXC, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
  • Camera: Main Camera 8MP AF, Selfie Camera 2MP
  • Battery: Li-Po 5100 mAh, non-removable battery. 15W fast charging
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot. Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Sound: 2 stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Weight: 0.8 lb (366 gm) (Wi-Fi), 0.81 lb (371 gm) (LTE)

 

Who Is This Device For?

  • For Travel Enthusiasts 

This pocket dynamite tablet is tailor-made for people who love to wander around and travel. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite fits perfectly in a purse or in bags. It is extremely lightweight and easy to carry around. 

  • For Reading

If the tablet would’ve been any smaller then it would definitely be compared to the Kindle! The compact size and smooth display are great for readers. You can actually use it as an alternative to the Kindle. The tablet is easy to hold and as previously said is lightweight so you won’t strain anything and can hold onto the tablet for hours. 

The display and smooth pixels will definitely give you a good overall experience for reading purposes. 

  • For Kids

Well…The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is literally perfect for kids. They can play games or watch their favorite cartoons on it for hours. You can make them attend online school classes without a hitch on it. 

The tab is also affordable and on the lower side of the pricing so if by chance it gets damaged by the kids, you won’t take a big hit repairing or replacing it. 

Features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

7.5

 

Display:6.5

Price:10

Speakers:6

Camera:5

Battery Life:8.5

Storage:6

Design:8

Portability:10

  • Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite offers an 8.7’ inch screen display with an 81.1% screen-to-body ratio, which is amazing. The resolution comes at 800 * 1340 pixels(179 ppi density). 

The display isn’t mammoth but it really works out for the things you would want to do on a mid to small-size tablet. The best part about the display is its screen-to-body ratio which maximizes the screen size and gives you almost the whole tablet’s size viewing pleasure. 

The display may not be the best in the world but it really works day to day activities and as said previously for the kids mainly. The display is considerably smooth and effective.

  • Storage

Storage is a bit of a hot and cold area in the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. While the 2 variants do provide 32GB and 64GB memory it still isn’t anywhere good enough as a storage space. There are phones nowadays that provide this sort of memory space as a basic specification. The saving grace though is the expandable memory up to 1TB. 

If you are a heavy tab user and require multiple apps then you will definitely need every bit of that expandable memory. Chances are you might have to store some of your favorite photos and videos in external storage or cloud. App updates will also impact the limited storage capacity.

  • Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite which is powered by Android 11 and Octa-Core(4×2.3 GHz) does its day-to-day job easily. It has a strictly OK processor which won’t take the unnecessary burden. If the load is heavy then users may experience lag and the device may overheat a bit. 

The transition between the apps is smooth when the app count is normal, but as you gradually start using more and more apps then it will appear to start lagging. It is advisable that one may use just one or two apps at a time for a better experience. 

Saying that the performance while watching videos or reading is still commendable. As we said when you are doing a single task, the processor seems fine and smooth. The A7 Lite processor is not made for multitasking. 

  • Design

The design is simple, beautiful, and elegant. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite looks slick and compact. All four corners are beautifully rounded off and the aluminum body is perfectly carved. 

The tab comes in two colors namely gray and silver. As is the case with the Galaxy Tab A7, Samsung has equipped the device with a headphone jack. 

Samsung also has dedicated accessories for the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite which you can buy separately from its store.

  • Camera

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is equipped with 2 cameras. The main camera is 8MP with auto-focus and records video at 1080@30fps. The selfie camera is 2MP with a fixed focus.

The camera quality is pretty average and basic. You won’t buy this tablet for its camera anyway. The photo and video quality are strictly OK. But zoom calls or online classes can be initiated without a hitch. The fixed focus does its job and it actually does the basics as well as it should. 

  • Note Taking Experience 

While the display isn’t massive, the note-taking experience is generally pretty good. While the inbuilt keyboard might feel a bit cramped, the visuals and display are smooth. 

You can take down daily notes and go through the list with ease. The ease of use is really good with the Tab A7 Lite. You can pin the notes on the main display to go through them or as a reminder for later use!

  • Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a Li-Po 5100 mAh battery. It is also non-removable. For a tablet the size of A7 Lite, the battery is actually amazing. It does last the whole day with running apps and constant use. 

For such a sleek device, the battery seems to last for a long time without having to charge it from time to time. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite also comes with a 15W fast charging. 

  • Connectivity

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct or you can connect the tab via your phone’s hotspot and it is ready to go. The device also comes with Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE. The tab is also equipped with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO. 

There is also a USB Type-C 2.0 port and sensors such as an accelerometer and compass. Unfortunately, there is no radio function in the tablet. 

  • Portability

Probably the best feature of the tablet. Lightweight, sleek, and easy to carry around. The tablet will fit in any bag, purse, or backpack. You can whip out the tablet anywhere you want and use it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is always ready to go. 

What’s Inside the Box?

Following are the components provided by Samsung alongside the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite.

  • Travel Adapter
  • Data Cable
  • Ejection Pin
  • Quick Start Guide

That’s all folks!

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Well, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is the mini-me version of the older Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. Both are great value for money tablets. There are still minor differences between the two tablets.

If you have a good budget then you can obviously go for a superior model in Galaxy Tab A7, but if you’re looking for a similar tablet with just minor differences and a lower budget, then Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is your device.

Let’s first take a look at the similarities between the two tabs.

  • RAM Capacity
  • Internal memory and expandable memory
  • Rear camera
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 15W fast charging

Differences between Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Product
Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Display
Display
10.4” inches, 1200 * 2000 pixels, 5:3 ratio(224 ppi density)
8.4 inches, 800 * 1340 pixels, 5:3 ratio(179 ppi density)
Weight
Weight
1.05 lb (476 g)
0.8 lb (366 g)
Selfie Camera
Selfie Camera
5MP
2MP
Dimensions
Dimensions
247.6 x 157.4 x 7 mm (9.75 x 6.20 x 0.28 in)
212.5 x 124.7 x 8 mm (8.37 x 4.91 x 0.31 in)
OS
OS
Android 10, One UI 3.1
Android 11, One UI 3.1
Battery
Battery
Li-Po 7040 mAh
Li-Po 5100 mAh
Speakers
Speakers
4 Dolby stereo speakers
2 Dolby stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite vs Lenovo Tab M8 2nd Gen Tablet

We had to look at the other budget-friendly tabs and compare them with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) was the perfect companion to compare the two tabs. Like the A7 Lite, Lenovo M8 is extremely budget-friendly and nearly matches the specification of the former.

Both the A7 Lite and Lenovo M8 are in the lower price range and while there isn’t much of a difference between the two, there are certainly some noticeable differences between them. The differences between them may tilt your decision to go this way or that. 

Let’s take a look at the similarities as well as differences in both these tabs.

Which has the better display?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a 8.7” inches(81.1% screen-to-body ratio) display with 800 * 1340 pixels, 5:3 ratio (179 ppi density), While the Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) has a 8.0” inches (76.5% screen-to-body ratio) display with 800 * 1280 pixels, 16:10 ratio (189 ppi density).

As you can see, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a better display than the Lenovo Tab M8. There isn’t much of a difference here but it is noticeable when you use them. Both have a quality display for what they are worth, and it is incredibly tight to choose one or the other but Samsung just nudges it on the base of higher pixels and greater screen-to-body ratio.

Which has the better storage and RAM capacity?

This segment is a knockout victory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 over the Lenovo Tab M8 (HD). The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite offers 64GB 4GB RAM with expandable memory up to 1TB, While the Lenovo Tab M8 only offers 32GB 3GB RAM and expandable memory up to 128GB.

Both have a dedicated microSDXC slot available but there isn’t much competition in this segment as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite wins it hands down.

Which has the better Camera?  

The camera segment is marginal. Both have equally good or average cameras. There is actually not much of a difference when it comes to the camera. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is equipped with an 8MP, Auto-focus main camera, and a 2MP, Selfie camera. The Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) is equipped with a 5MP, Auto-focus main camera, and a 2MP, Selfie camera. Both the tabs give an average camera using experience, but the Lenovo Tab M8 does record better videos.

Well, it’s safe to say that you won’t be buying either of the tabs for their camera’s performance.

Which has the better processor?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has the better processor, but it wouldn’t be fair to Lenovo if we didn’t point out that the A7 Lite is the more latest model hence why they have an upgraded processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite runs on Android 11, One UI 3.1 OS and is equipped with Mediatek MT8768T Helio P22T (12 nm) chipset. It also has Octa-core (4*2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4*1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU capacity. Lenovo Tab M8 (HD) runs on Android 9 OS and is equipped with Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) chipset and Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU capacity.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is the clear winner here and has the better processor among the two.

Verdict after testing both the devices

The recency bias will always be a factor when selecting a device and it is the same case here. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is clearly better than the Lenovo Tab M8 (HD). But both the devices are absolutely worth their low price.

It is easy to think that Samsung has a better product here because it was released recently, but there are many examples when companies become slack and do not upgrade their specifications timely. Samsung rarely ever slacks in these things and with Galaxy Tab A7 Lite they prove it yet again. 

With the price of both the tabs almost similar, it would be wise if you went for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite rather than the Lenovo Tab M8.

Final Verdict

Look, as far as value for money goes, this is probably one of the better purchases you will make. For around $130, you get so much in a stacked device. If this is your first tablet purchase then you will definitely feel vindicated buying it. Everything goes up from here anyway.

Samsung always delivers in any segment that you can think of. They have really stacked the Galaxy A7 Lite in every aspect as well. You are given as much as you can ask for in a low-range tablet. 

If you are looking for a quality low budget tablet, then we would actually recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. It is filled with quality specifications as well as being one of the best portable tablets out there in the market. 

FAQs

Is Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite worth buying?

Absolutely. For a low-end budget tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is packed with quality specifications and if you are actually looking for a low-price tablet then the A7 Lite should probably be at the top of your list. It is a full value for money tablet.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite support S-Pen?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite does support S-Pen. You can also try different variations of the stylus on the tab. Although some work, there is a chance some might not work.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite have a SIM card slot?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite does have a SIM card slot, which is situated on the top left side of the tablet. You get an ejection pin along with the tablet to help you with the SIM insertion process. 

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite support 5G?

Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite does not support 5G. You can only go as far as 4G with the SIM card.

 

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