Samsung has a new duo of tablets that are currently available now. These are updates to previous models, rather than a brand new series or line, and are designed to be entry-level models. The Galaxy Tab A and Tab E Lite are both similar designs—highly portable with slight variations in specs, and aimed at users who are looking for simplicity.

It can be a little confusing to understand and narrow down Samsung’s various tablet lines, which can sound similar and feature overlapping designs and features. Comparing the most recent models is made a little easier when the basics are laid out in a way that’s easy to digest. That list doesn’t include these two models, but in both cases, you know which column they fall in. Neither is a big leap forward, only more of a refresh.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016)

Display: 7-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: 1.3GHz T-Shark 2A quad-core processor
Memory: 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (microSD card slot expandable up to 200GB)
Camera: 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing
Video: Up to 720p HD video recording
Battery: 4000mAh (non-removable)Connections: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, NFC
Dimensions: 7.36 x 4.28 x 0.34 inches
Weight: 283 grams
Comes in white

Galaxy Tab A 7″

The Galaxy Tab A 7” has a slightly better spec list than its counterpart here, despite a lot of similarities, otherwise. This one has a higher-resolution screen that is HD (720p, not 1080p) and plenty of room in memory card expansion, providing a real opportunity to store a lot of content without impacting the limited onboard storage.

The form factor has been designed to be portable and compact, making the Tab A 7” easy to carry and pack away. It should rest nicely in your hand, and even fit in a jacket pocket.

Microsoft Office comes preloaded onto the device, throwing in a productivity tool that would be a further cost otherwise. This is a full version for Android, which means that you can create documents from scratch or edit existing ones you’ve started on a different device.

In appealing to kids, the Kids mode presents safe and appropriate content such as Kids Camera, Kids Music and Kids Drawing.

You can find the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7” now on Best Buy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” E Lite

Display: 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSGA TFT display
OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
Processor: 1.3GHz Spreadtrum T-Shark 2A quad-core processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (microSD card slot expandable up to 32GB)
Camera: 2-megapixel rear camera, no front-facing camera
Video: Up to 640 x 480 at 24fps video recording
Battery: 3600mAh (non-removable)
Connections: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC
Dimensions: 7.48 x 4.33 x 0.38 inches
Weight: 310 grams
Comes in white

Galaxy Tab 7″ E Lite

The Galaxy Tab 7” E Lite isn’t going to excite anyone with its specs, and it may come across as somewhat of a strange addition to Samsung’s lineup, but the target consumer here is not the tech-savvy user. This is a tablet made for those looking to do the most basic of tasks, or even younger children (for parents who want their kids to use a tablet, but not the most expensive model).

The look and design of this tablet is actually very much like Samsung’s original tablet designs. A white plastic body wrapped around a 7-inch display. Though every tablet can be considered to be inherently convenient, this one is primarily made that way. The limited processing power, memory, internal storage and screen resolution is by design. It’s a tablet you pick up to check email, browse the Web, stream video and play casual games. A quicker look at the dimensions also indicates that this tablet can fit into a jacket pocket or purse.

Sweetening the pot, Microsoft Office is preloaded onto the device, offering a productivity tool that wouldn’t be free otherwise. This allows you to not only create documents on the Tab 7” E Lite, but also edit existing ones on the tablet that you may have started on another device.

You can find the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” E Lite now on Best Buy.

Ted Kritsonis
Editor Cellular/Mobile Technology
I’m a fortunate man in being able to do the fun job of following and reporting on one of the most exciting industries in the world today. In my time covering consumer tech, I’ve written for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Yahoo! Canada,, Canoe, Digital Trends, MobileSyrup, G4 Tech, PC World, Faze and AppStorm. I’ve also appeared on TV as a tech expert for Global, CTV and the Shopping Channel.