Not too long ago, we reviewed the brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019). With it comes some decent specs built into the laptop itself too. Then a few weeks ago, Samsung released their brand new, ultimate budget tablet into the market – the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019).

As the name suggests, this is an 8-inch tablet but without the S Pen. The price is just RM599.

I think we first have to acknowledge the fact that the tablet is priced at a really, really low price at RM599. With it, definitely comes a few compromises too. Let’s take a look at the specs for the configuration that we have:

  • 8.0-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1280×800 pixels in resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage (expandable with microSD)
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 2MP selfie camera
  • 5,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

With its specs out of the way, you probably already realize the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)’s inability to play heavier games. And that’s true – it can’t even run Honkai Impact 3 on the lowest graphical settings. Same goes to PUBG Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

However, the tablet runs fine for casual titles like Angry Birds 2 and whatnot. It even runs fine for Facebook scrolling, Instagram, Twitter, and all the other social media.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

One interesting thing here is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is perfect for those who just want a larger screen to view Facebook and watch YouTube videos. This tablet is able to handle those tasks nicely.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

Another great design choice is that Samsung still includes the stereo downward-firing speakers on that tablet. It’s loud – and this is especially useful for those who use a tablet in the kitchen to look at cooking recipe videos.

Of course, Samsung also included the Kids playground for our little friends as well. For such a low-priced laptop, it makes sense that the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) can also be a great tablet for kids.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

The big forehead and chin mean that you have more places to actually grab the tablet without obstructing your screen. That’s a huge plus point.

With a 5,100mAh battery, it lasted for about 16 hours in our battery life test. This means that you can hand the tablet over to your kids and only have to charge it again 2 days later. That’s good!

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) battery charging curve

Then comes the charging time of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019). While we don’t have the full retail package of the tablet itself, we can tell you that the tablet does not support any sort of fast charging. With a 5V 2A charger, it takes about 250 minutes to charge from 15% to 100%.

By the way, the camera on this tablet is able to take some good looking pics when the stars align – though I don’t endorse tablet photography at all.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 picture sample Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 picture sample

And by the way – the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) uses a micro USB port. So no, it won’t support Samsung DeX at all.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019

So finally, for the price of just RM599 – I think that the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) offers a great value proposition here.


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