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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 T290 Silver EU

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Next to that micro-USB connector are two stereo speakers. Considering its price, the sound quality is not bad at all – pretty decent actually. However, because both speakers are placed on the same side, you won’t hear any real stereo separation when watching movies. That’s my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 review. My final verdict is two-fold. On the one hand, I wish we’d get a full HD screen, a better processor, and features like a fingerprint sensor. But that would mean it wouldn’t be this cheap. I think the price Samsung is asking for is okay. That’s where it’s placed in my benchmark comparison too. You can see that Samsung customized Android quite a lot. But I like that not too many apps are pre-installed. Sure, there are some standard apps from Samsung, the ones from Google, two from Microsoft, and Spotify. But that’s it. I also tried the racing game Asphalt 9. However, that one is not playable at all. Loading times are very long and once it’s loaded, it stutters a lot. You won’t have fun playing it.

Samsung: Samsung Group is the largest South Korean conglomerate and was founded in 1938. Samsung Group employed 489,000 people in 2014 and is one of the world's largest companies in terms of revenue and market strength. The name Samsung means "Three Stars" in Korean and represents the three sons of the company's founder. The company was founded in 1938 as a grocery store. With its subsidiary Samsung Electronics, founded in 1969, Samsung took up the production of electrotechnical items, focusing on consumer electronics and household appliances at an early stage. Other branches in which the large corporation is active include mechanical engineering, automobiles (Hyundai), insurance, wholesale, real estate and leisure. Samsung manufactures a wide range of electronic products, including smartphones, televisions, home appliances and semiconductors. The company's Galaxy line of smartphones is one of the most popular in the world. Samsung is also a major player in the semiconductor industry, making memory chips and processors for many other electronics manufacturers.

The Huawei MediaPad M5 8 is a much better alternative. It’s better in pretty much every way and because of the US-China trade war, prices have dropped in many markets. Sure, it’s over a year old already, but I still consider it a premium tablet. With 8-inch screens, I always think that an HD resolution is alright. Sure, a full HD display would have been better. And pretty much every phone has a higher pixel density. But still, as long as you don’t press it against your nose, it’s sharp enough. Remember, it’s a cheap tablet.

In my standard battery test, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 SM-T290 lasted 13.5 hours. For this, I’m always looping the same HD video at medium brightness. You can see in my comparison, that this is a pretty good result. Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List. Color reproduction is alright and it’s bright enough to use inside and outside in the shadows. However, the screen is too dark to use in direct sunlight. You’ll see too many reflections. But I’ve been able to use it comfortably on a train when sitting next to a bright window, for example.

The tablet continues to support a split-screen view but that one works a bit different than before. To open two apps side by side, you’ve got to tap the recent apps button and tip on the app icon. Once you do that, a menu pops up and you can select that you want to open it in split-screen view. By the way, you can open apps in free-floating windows too and even adjust their transparency. Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 ships with Android 9.0 Pie and One UI in version 1.1. That’s the own interface from Samsung. In the past, Samsung has been pretty good with updates for the Galaxy Tab A tablets. Usually, they get two big updates and that means they’re much better than many competitors. Many aspects like its screen, speakers, cameras, and performance are pretty good for its price class. And I like that we get Google Android and that Samsung has been pretty good with updates in the past. But it’s important to note, that this is most certainly not a premium device.

I would prefer a full metal body. But well, the build quality is good enough. You can’t bend it and it seems well made. But because of the plastic frame, it does not feel as high-end as an iPad Mini does.

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Qualcomm Adreno 504: Lower mid-range graphics card that is integrated in the Snapdragon 429 SoC. Based on the Adreno 500 architecture with OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE and Vulkan 1.0 support. And no, the SM-T290 and SM-T295 don’t support an active pen. And yes, I tried the S Pen, it doesn’t work. You should also know that this tablet has a Widevine Level of L3. That means you can’t watch Netflix in HD. But, since we’re getting an HD resolution only, it’s not too bad. It just means that movies will have a little less detail as the display would be capable of showing. But sure, it’s not ideal and I hope Samsung will fix it with an update. Hardware & Performance

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