I would buy this new cheap Samsung Galaxy tablet if I didn’t have an iPad

I think Apple makes the best tablets out there, but I’m also fully aware that Apple tablets are much more expensive than many competitors, and Amazon’s Fire tablets are designed with price in mind, not performance. So I’m impressed with the specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8, which is shaping up to be a very good budget Android tablet.

Samsung already has a place in our guide to the best inexpensive tablets with the Galaxy Tab S5E, but the Galaxy Tab A8 has far more impressive specs.

The fastest A-series tablet yet

The processor here is the fastest of any A-series tablet, a 2GHz octa-core processor 10% faster than the A7. There’s an impressive 10.5-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio for better home entertainment experiences, and there’s built-in Dolby Audio that adds a bit of spice to the speakers. Don’t expect fully immersive sound from the speakers in something smaller than a plate, but it could be good on compatible headphones.

Samsung seems to present this as a home entertainment device, which seems smart: until Google sorts Android L for big-screen devices, the overall app experience on Android tablets isn’t the one. better. But as a media streamer, this Galaxy makes a lot of sense, not least because it gives access to 200 free live and on-demand channels in the Samsung Plus app. And of course, you can install the usual streaming suspects through the Google Play Store.

If the Tab A8 is similar in price to its predecessor, you can expect it to cost around £ 219 ($ 229, AU $ 379). That’s not a lot of money for an impressive spec: Unless Samsung has something horribly wrong, expect to see the Galaxy Tab A8 in our guide to the best tablets very soon, as well as maybe even be our guide to the best tablets for kids.

Lee J. Murillo