The Android tablet market has still not picked up but manufacturers such as Samsung are hopeful that it will do so one day. The company has a number of tablets on the market from affordable ones to expensive ones that compete with the iPads of the world.
Samsung has added a new entry level tablet to its lineup to cater for the low end market segment. This new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tad J, was announced in Taiwan yesterday. Samsung already has the Galaxy J smartphones that target the low end market segment and the J letter on this tablet is a clear indication of its market position.
The features of the Galaxy Tab J are exactly what you expect to find on an entry level smartphone. It has a 7 inch PLS display, PLS here means Plane to Line Switching and is Samsung’s own display technology. Samsung has used this display on another tablet, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 which was unveiled in May this year. The 7 inch display on the Galaxy Tab J has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels with a pixel density of 216 ppi.
Powering this tablet is a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (Samsung has not revealed the specific model) paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space that can be expanded further using a microSD card.
The Galaxy Tab J comes with an 8MP camera at the back and a 2MP front facing camera. Most tablets don’t usually come with high performing cameras and I personally don’t mind that since I never take photos using a tablet. Connectivity features on this tablet include Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth is v4.0.
Providing all the juice is a 4,000 mAh battery that am sure will not disappoint. The tablet will go on sale in Taiwan as from next month for $185 (approximately Ksh 19,000). This is the kind of tablet we expect Samsung to launch in Kenya, when this will happen is what we don’t know at the moment.