8-inch, P15,990 Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen launched

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is aimed at creatives.

The S Pen is very responsive, even though you’re writing on slippery glass. But some people will like this the same way they liked using the S Pen on the Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Samsung Philippines

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Specs

8-inch XGA LCD display @ 1024 x 768 resolution, 160ppi
1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM
16GB internal storage, up to 128GB via microSD
5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Single-SIM
4200mAh battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop
S-Pen stylus
Dimension: 208.3 x 137.9 x 7.4 mm
Weight: 313g
SRP P15,990.00

There are some interesting S Pen related features though. You can scribble a phone number followed by a name and the notes app will put it in a form you can complete as a contacts entry. Screenshots can be collected and resized in a scrapbook-like notebook. Screenshots with legible text can be “translated” into text, which is similar to scanning a document and having an Optical Character Recognition software put into text you can edit. Naturally, you can write on the sides or on top of any loaded app, because a screenshot version will be saved for you, which is where you will actually do the scribbling.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Samsung Philippines

Or you can slide the pen back into the tablet and do what this blogger is doing – enjoying a good-looking Android tablet by tapping and swiping.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Samsung Philippines

While the presentation focused on productivity through the S Pen (and stylus-specific things) the demo unit I handled came with MS Office installed. Now, with a Bluetooth keyboard and a tablet stand, that’s productivity.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is available at all Samsung Experience stores and authorized dealer stores nationwide for an SRP of P15,990.00.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.