Two New Galaxy Tab A Devices (SM-T290, SM-T295) From Samsung Receive EEC Certification, Move Closer To Launch

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2018

Demand for tablet PCs has dropped by a huge margin over the past few years and many brands have stopped making tablets. Samsung and Huawei are one of the few big-name brands who still release multiple Android-based tablets every year. After releasing one high-end tablet and one mid-range tablet earlier this year, Samsung seems to be preparing at least two new entry-level Android tablets this year. We have discovered two new tablets from Samsung—SM-T290 and SM-T295—in EEC’s (Eurasian Economic Commission) certification database. Two other tablet devices, SM-T290X and SM-T295X, have been listed as well.

Going by the model numbers, these upcoming tablets appear to be successors of the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016)’s non-LTE (SM-T280) and LTE (SM-T285) variants. The SM-T290X and the SM-T295X could be variants of the SM-T290 and SM-T290X, respectively. All these tablets appear to have been certified by EEC yesterday.

Samsung SM-T295 Spotted on Geekbench

While EEC certification documents don’t reveal any specifications, we have managed to dig out specifications of the SM-T295 through Geekbench’s benchmark scores database. Geekbench entry of the SM-T295 shows Android 9 Pie, 2GB RAM, and a quad-core processor from Qualcomm with a base frequency of 2.02GHz. Those are some really entry-level specifications. While we don’t know the specifications of the SM-T290, it could be similar to the SM-T295, sans LTE connectivity.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) was launched in 2016 with Android 5.1 Lollipop, a 7-inch HD IPS LCD screen, a quad-core Spreadtrum SC8830/Snapdragon 410 processor (depending on the variant), 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP selfie camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 4000mAh battery. If these newly certified tablets turn out to be the successors of the Galaxy Tab A 7.0, we should expect similarly entry-level pricing.

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