The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen is an 8-inch Android tablet that features an active stylus. In some regions, it is also called the Samsung Galaxy Tab A Plus 2019. Well, to be more specific, its model numbers are referred to as SM-P200 and SM-P205. Even though it is a budget-friendly device, it packs a lot of features. Among those are a full HD resolution screen, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core processor, optional LTE 4G, and Android 9.0 Pie.
Looks and the Brains
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A is an 8-inch tablet. From the front, it looks like an ordinary tablet from Samsung with no home-button or fingerprint scanner. It features a full soft-touch plastic body that is 8.9mm thick and weighs at 325g. You can get it in black and grey. The latter looks more like a darker shade of white (otherwise known as light grey)
It is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core processor which consists of 1.8GHz and 1.6GHz cores. Additionally, we get 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. Out of those, 21.9 GB is free to use by the user.
On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port, a single speaker, as well as a slot for the S Pen. We get a power button and volume controls on the right side, while the left side features a microSD card slot. If you get the LTE version, that’s where the SIM card fits too. The microSD card support can have a capacity of up to 512GB. On the top, there is a standard headphone jack.
Because there is a speaker above the screen, you’ll be able to make phone calls with the cellular version. The front-facing camera next to it has a resolution of 5 megapixels. On the back, there is an 8-megapixel main camera.
Its battery has a capacity of 4,200mAh and is said to last up to 11 hours, but real-life tests has proven to be significantly shorter depending which apps are heavily used.
The S Pen Stylus
A very important feature of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A P200 and P205 is the S Pen. It is an active stylus and is the same pen that we are familiar with from their Galaxy Note smartphones. The S Pen supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, has a single button that can be used for multiple functions, and does not need to be charged.
The Galaxy Tab A is one of the very few tablets that can actually house their stylus. On the bottom, there is a slot for the S Pen so that you don’t lose it. Because of that, it is much thinner than the Apple Pencil or Microsoft Surface Pen.
Samsung is shipping it with a lot of pre-installed software made to use with the pen. Among these features include screenshots that you can annotate, a drawing app, as well as an important notes app.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable tablet with active stylus support. It offers good performance, a bright screen, up-to-date Android 9.0 Pie, and a fantastic S Pen. Among its few downsides is its plastic body, and the battery life could have been longer.