There’s a newer version of the tablet – Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, you might be interested in checking that out.
For every Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Samsung will always have a tablet-like Galaxy Tab A7. Just because it is a bit cheaper doesn’t mean that Samsung has skimped on hardware and software. It is a solid-looking tablet with solid features.
Despite having an inferior processor to some of the premium tablets, Galaxy Tab A7 does its job pretty smoothly. There were prior issues in older Samsung tabs where you would watch a video and then turn the screen vertically and the video would lag for example but that is not the case in Tab A7.
There is a Samsung Book cover available on the Samsung website. It is the official case/cover for the Galaxy Tab A7. The Book cover looks and feels beautiful. It has a mat, rubbery finish to it as well as good grip.
The Samsung Book cover will cost you an additional $50 but if you get it directly from the Samsung website along with the tablet then you will get a 50% discount on it.
There is no S-Pen available with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy a stylus from the open market. You can buy a standard stylus and it will function perfectly with the A7 tab.
There is also an option of a Bluetooth keyboard if you want to use one. You can use your Bluetooth keyboard with the A7 with ease.
The Galaxy Tab A7 comes in 2 variants. One with only Wi-Fi and the other in LTE.
The A7 is priced at and around $230 depending on the variant. It is a very budget-friendly tablet and also is brimmed with high-quality specifications.
One feature that really caught the eye and needs to be addressed is the front camera unlocking function. It operates smoothly. You can sit at the end of a table and the tablet will still recognize your face from yards out and unlock the device.
It is small things and details like these that make you appreciate the effort put in by Samsung.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab A7:
Let’s take a look at some key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.
- Display: 10.4” inch display, 1200 * 2000 pixels resolution(224 ppi density)
- Processor: Android 10.0, One UI 2.5. Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11nm)
- Memory: microSDXC, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM
- Camera: Main rear 8MP Auto-focus camera. 5MP fixed focus selfie camera
- Battery: Li-Po 7040 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
- Sound: 4 stereo loudspeakers. 3.5mm audio jack
Pros and Cons for Samsung Galaxy Tab A7:
- Great Battery life
- Budget-friendly tablet
- Underrated stereo speakers
- Quality display
- Dark mode for battery saving purpose
- Excellent sensors
- Undercooked processor
A Detailed Look at the Specifications
Let’s take a detailed look at all the Key Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has an aluminum metal body with beautiful symmetry and a thickness of around 7mm. It has a symmetric bezel all the way around the body. The A7 tab’s dimensions are 247.6 * 157.4 * 7mm (9.75 x 6.20 x 0.28 in). It weighs 476g and has a Nano-Sim slot available.
The Galaxy Tab A7 has a cool 10.4” inch(307.9 cm) display. It has a 79% screen-to-body ratio. The resolution is set at 1200 * 2000 pixels and a 5:3 ratio(224 ppi density).
The display is very smooth and the higher screen-to-body ratio gives you a good amount of screen view. The screen type is IPS LCD.
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Tab A7 with Android 10, One UI 2.5. The chipset is a Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662(11nm). Its CPU consists of Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver). The GPU is Adreno 610.
The processor is a bit undercooked. But with the price that Samsung has set on the tablet, it does seem fair. If you have a daily use for the tablet then you won’t notice much difference.
The transition between applications might take a split second more but that should not be a big issue. It should be noted that there are no lag issues with the processor even while you are gaming.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has a microSDXC slot. It has a couple of variants. There is a 32GB 3GB RAM and a 64GB 3GB RAM. The limited RAM should not be an issue for some but if you require a high-speed tablet, this might be a limitation.
Normal gaming might not be affected by an undercooked processor and a limited RAM but if you are playing high-resolution games then there is a chance of lag. The apps will take around 3-4 seconds to transition or open.
Not everyone requires high-speed RAM but if you do require high-speed RAM, you will notice the lag and screen pop-up time difference.
There is also an option of expandable memory up to 1 TB via a microSD slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has 2 cameras. One main rear camera and the other a selfie front camera.
The main rear camera is an 8MP Auto-focus camera with a video capacity of 1080p @ 30fps. The front selfie camera is an MP fixed focus camera with a video capacity of 1080p @ 30fps.
The front selfie camera also works as a face detecting unlock sensor. The cameras are pretty standard. They are nothing special but they do the job of taking pictures in an instant. The video quality for Zoom calls or podcast recordings is good. The cameras are there to do a standard job and they do it.
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Galaxy Tab A7 is laced with 4 stereo loudspeakers. They are powered by Dolby Atmos. The speakers are the dark horse feature of Tab A7.
When you use them, they are pretty loud and give a good surround sound. Be it for watching youtube videos or during gaming, the sound through its loudspeakers holds up really well.
There is also a 3.5mm audio jack on the tablet.
If you want a full-day use without the need of charging, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is for you. It comes with a Li-Po 7040 mAh non-removable battery.
The battery is long-lasting. You can browse the web, do online shopping, watch videos, or gaming on the tablet and the battery will hold up for an entire day. There is also a dark mode in the tablet which helps in saving battery juice.
Samsung has given a 15w fast charger for fast charging. Although it does not look what it seems. But more on that later.
The Galaxy Tab A7 is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot. There is also a Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE version.
There is no option for Radio or NFC. Although Samsung has provided A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO.
Tab A7 comes with a USB Type-C 2.0 port connection. It is a standard connection, one which they could have easily upgraded to 3.0 but it is what it is.
Below are the sensors in Tab A7:
- Front face unlocking sensor
- Fingerprint reader
Major Drawbacks of Galaxy Tab A7
In comparison to the price that the Tab A7 comes with, there is nothing much to complain about. However, we can comment on the below things that we consider as a disappointment.
The processor of the Galaxy Tab A7 is very average. They could have easily upgraded the chipset to a faster working one but decided otherwise. Maybe that would have driven the price of the tablet a bit steep but that would still count as an excuse.
Of course for a daily user, you do not need a processor that would transition between the apps within a second. But you will definitely feel a bit peeved when the apps or transition between two apps would take like 4-5 seconds to open every time.
Then there is the issue for gaming. Normal gaming will not lag and it does run smoothly but when you try zooming and out of the game then you will feel the lag.
Also, these are those run-of-the-mill smaller RPG games and if these games face issues then you can forget about the bigger games such as Call of Duty or PubG.
The tablet didn’t need a massive upgrade on its processor overall. A slight upgrade on the chipset would have sufficed. It still doesn’t make the overall quality of the tablet lower, it is just something that they could have perfected upon rather.
Although Samsung has said that there is fast charging available with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, there are huge doubts over it. Some people have used the tab and have complained about the charging efficiency of the tablet.
It takes almost 4 hours to fully charge your tablet. Now that is not fast charging. If you are a frequent user of a tablet then this issue can be quite frustrating.
You would always want your tablet on the go and when the tablet isn’t fully charged or is partially charged then you can’t just wait around for it to charge for a few hours before you can unplug and move.
This for us is a glaring disadvantage of Tab A7. Fast charging is something that people generally look for nowadays and slow charging might be something that won’t go unnoticed to some.
Final Thoughts: Our Verdict
For us, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a highly recommended tablet. It has got something for everyone. The display is smooth, the battery is long-lasting, the processor even though a bit undercooked is still decent, a standard camera, and huge storage capacity.
For $230 it is a very affordable but filled with quality specifications tablet in the market. If you are looking for something in this price bracket then Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is highly recommended.
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