After the better part of a year, Samsung is ready to launch new tablets in the States — if not quite the high-end models you might be looking for. It’s releasing 8- and 9.7-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab A, a low-cost slate whose centerpiece is an iPad-like 4:3 aspect ratio that gives you more breathing room when you’re browsing the web or reading a book. Neither model is especially powerful between the 1.2GHz quad-core chip, 1,024 x 768 screen, 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front shooter, but they do carry Samsung’s lighter-weight software loadout, including bundled Microsoft apps. You’ll also get between 16GB to 32GB of storage, depending on the model. The Tab A will reach American shops on May 1st starting at $230 for the 8-inch model, and $300 for the 9.7-inch version.
Starting today you can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab A from Samsung’s site, and it will be making its way into several retailers on May 1. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the Galaxy Tab A features 16GB of on-board memory along with a front and rear facing camera. Coming in both a 8-inch and 9.7-inch version, the Galaxy Tab A is designed for everyone in the family.