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LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 headed for T-Mobile this month

The cellular-enabled mid-end Android tablet will cost $320 at full retail, and precede the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 smartphones to market on August 19.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

The countdown has officially started for the very swift US launch of Samsung’s latest flagship phablets, but if you’re interested in something even bigger and much cheaper, the Galaxy Tab A may well steal the spotlight away from the overpriced S6 Edge+.

Unveiled for “international” territories about five months ago in two separate screen variations, the sequel to last year’s GTab 4 finally adds a US carrier to its distribution tally. Or an “Uncarrier”, as T-Mobile likes to be referred to, given it has stopped doing contracts a long time ago.

For some reason, Magenta likes its Android slates small, currently selling only the LG G Pad F 8.0 and 7-inch Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 2, and gearing up to welcome the Tab A 8.0 in its midst on Wednesday.

Galaxy Tab A 8.0

As always, the most convenient purchase method will see you pay nada upfront for the GTab A, then monthly fees of a little over $13 for a couple of years, bringing the grand total to $320. That’s roughly 90 bucks more than what Amazon charges for a Wi-Fi-limited 4:3 8 incher with 16 GB internal storage and 1.5 GB RAM.

The Galaxy Tab A variant due on T-Mobile in less than a week should raise the random-access memory bar to 2 gigs, and it might even offer 32GB digital hoarding space. The display resolution is nowhere near as impressive, at 1,024 x 768 pixels, and the quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 4,200 mAh battery and 5 MP/2 MP cameras sound adequate but short of remarkable.

Oh, and on the software side of things, Lollipop will naturally run the show, likely in a 5.0 rendition. Overall, the bang for buck factor is satisfactory, which makes up hope other US service providers may ultimately follow T-Mo’s suit, and perhaps spread the LTE love to the larger Tab A 9.7 as well. Fingers crossed.

Sources: TmoNews, T-Mobile Newsroom

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