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Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
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7.9/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021) currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Samsung did something good with the Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021.) Most notably, the speakers but also the price point and overall carefully chosen specs for a budget tablet.

What's good

  • Long term security support
  • Great battery life
  • Good performance
  • Premium design and feel
  • Dolby Atmos speakers

What's bad

  • The base model has very little storage or RAM
  • Fast charging is not available
  • Cameras are poor

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 2021 is aimed as a budget tablet, and the price matches that point. Being a budget tablet, what are you gaining or losing?

Design

Reviewers were pleasantly surprised that this tablet, being a budget device, did not feel budget. It has a hefty premium-feeling metal frame. There are color choices: Gray, Silver, and Pink Gold.

Display

While the display is not the higher version of those seen in other more expensive tablets, reviewers stated it was more than acceptable with a clear picture and vivid colors. The display has a slightly different ratio, and reviewers said it worked fine for some media and would create black bars at the top and bottom of the screen for others.

Performance

Having a lesser chipset than its predecessor worried reviewers. However, they were pleasantly surprised to see that it did remarkably well.

They saw no pausing or stuttering when opening multiple apps or switching between them. The only time they witnessed this was when trying graphics-intensive games.

Software & Storage

Storage is one area reviews were mixed in, mainly because the baseline tablet only had the option for 32GB, which isn’t much. The next two tiers are 64 and 128GB, which felt more capable of doing everything you would want or need.

The tablet comes with Android 11 but is guaranteed to have two more updates and a four-year policy of security updates.

Cameras

The cameras felt like an afterthought, according to reviewers. The cameras work okay, which is the consensus for most tablets these days, but they won't win any awards. They’ll be somewhat grainy and with a lot of color drain.

Battery Life

Samsung does not make any outlandish claims regarding battery life for this tablet, and reviewers saw it to be adequate for the needs of someone who would be buying a tablet at this price point. However, one part of the reviewers’ contention is the lack of fast charging.

Audio

One of the things that stood out on this tablet against others of its kind was the dual Dolby Atmos speakers. Reviewers stated it was very good at projecting sound and not in a flat way compared to others.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic design
  • 10.5-inch LCD
  • Unisoc Tiger T618 processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 32/64/128GB of storage
  • 8+ MP camera
  • 12 hours
  • Dolby Atmos

The Bottom Line

Overall the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 seems like an excellent tablet, especially on a budget. When looking for details that included losing performance or graphics, the only failing feature was the cameras, at which point that’s not really why people want tablets anyway.

Notebook Check says, “As already the Galaxy Tab A7 predecessor before, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 distinguishes itself with a very good price-performance ratio.”

Android Authority states, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 earns its place among the best affordable Android tablets thanks to punchy speakers and a wide display with thin bezels that's perfect for media streaming. Add in the top-tier build quality and you've got a budget slate that more than justifies its asking price.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2 GHz
Processor
Processor
2 GHz
10.5"
Screen Size
Screen Size
10.5"
8+ MP
Camera
Camera
8+ MP
7040 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket-lint
Pocket-lint

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a budget tablet that isn’t equipped to wow. With a solid set of budget specifications, on paper it doesn’t offer much more than the competition. But with a sharp 1080p screen, good quad speakers, a comfortable design and decent battery life, it is a tablet that will serv...

- Sean Cameron, Pocket-lint
TechRadar
TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 offers a pretty picture at an affordable price. Its LCD display renders anything on screen quite crisply, with vibrant colors and nice details. Additionally, features like split-screen functionality make it a great productivity tablet too. However, you get what you pay for,...

- Petra Player, TechRadar
Android Police
Android Police

If you're in the market for a budget Android Tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is easily one of your best options. It looks good, feels sturdy, is affordable, and runs Android 13, which should be all you're asking of a tablet at only $230. Compared to other budget options, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8...

- Conor Cawley, Android Police
Jabba Reviews
Jabba Reviews

Elevate your entertainment experience as quad speakers powered by Dolby Atmos surround sound reveal every detail of the audio with exceptional clarity and depth. Made to deliver immersion on the go, the Galaxy Tab A8 android tablet opens up an enveloping universe of content, games & activities t...

- Jabba Reviews
TrustedReviews
TrustedReviews

The Galaxy Tab A8 is by no means a tour de force of a tablet, and its miserable performance standard is a particularly disappointing low note. It also won’t be the best for video calls, given the underwhelming font-facing camera, and it takes quite a long time to charge back up. However, if you’re j...

- Peter Phelps, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
10.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)'s screen size is 10.5 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Unisoc Tiger T618 (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ MP camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7040mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 7040 mAh battery.

Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021) Specs

Overview
Release Date December 31, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Unisoc Tiger T618 (12 nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128 GB
RAM 3/4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
SAR Body: 0.92 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1200 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 10.5 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 7040 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Up to 15 W
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray, Silver, Pink Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.68 x 16.19 x 0.69 cm (9.7 x 6.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 508 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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