Not content with the Galaxy S20 phones it has just released, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Tab A 8.4 for the US market initially. The tablet has, you guessed it, an 8.4in 1080p display, built in LTE compatibility and a 5,000mAh battery for $279

That’s a good price considering the cheapest iPad is $329 for the same 32GB storage the Tab A offers – and Samsung’s even has expandable storage up to 512GB.

While the iPad undoubtedly has the better app store for tablet apps and has guaranteed years of software updates, the Tab A looks like an intriguing prospect. For it to have a SIM slot for the $279 price is remarkable, and if you’re after a Netflix machine with the ability to add LTE if you want, it’s better value than iPad and many Android tablets.

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The downsides are that it is unlikely to get many software updates, such is the state of the Android tablet market. It even ships with Android 9 Pie rather than the newest Android 10, which is a fine bit of foreshadowing to our point.

But if the Tab has the long battery life that Samsung promises, it could be an excellent option for an affordable tablet to do ‘tablet things’ on with 3GB RAM, an Exynos 7904 processor, headphone jack, and dual speakers with Dolby Atmos. Not bad.