We’re merging two stories into one again here, though there’s an abundance of logic at work. Er, hopefully. Bear with me.
Unofficial Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus specs have been leaked, while it's suggested – quite fittingly – that the South Koreans could follow Nokia and BlackBerry, falling from global domination to relative obscurity.
Starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus, they’re just two of several new tablets rumoured from the South Korean manufacturer, the others being the Galaxy Tab E and Galaxy Tab J, presumably both ranges rather than individual tablets.
So this is how Samsung intends to reverse its downward spiral? Flood the market with a baffling array of midrange smartphones and tablets? I despair.
For what it’s worth, the Galaxy Tab A and Tab A Plus are tipped to come in at 8in and 9.7in respectively, with shared specs including 1024 x 768 resolutions, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processors, 5MP rear cameras, 2MP front cameras, and 16GB storage.
The smaller Galaxy Tab A will come with 1.5GB of RAM, while the larger Galaxy Tab A Plus will rock 2GB – and a stylus, the first non-Note to do so. Batteries will be 4,000mAh and 6,000mAh respectively, and there’s optional LTE, too.
All of which sounds completely… fine (or somewhere just south of fine, perhaps). Expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus to be slightly overpriced at first, before finding a nice comfortable home in virtual bargain buckets.
Following on quite nicely, Motorola COO Rick Osterloh seems to think Samsung might be on the verge of a long fall, something that was unthinkable a couple of years ago. But with Apple’s continued popularity and the rise of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, not to mention Samsung’s apparent inability to do anything of note outside its flagship devices, well…
Rick says: “Every seven years, the person who’s been on top of the market has gone away. We are going through one of those fascinating shifts where people are starting to realize that you don’t need to pay $600 for a top-tier phone to get a top-tier experience.”
Do you agree? Is Samsung's downward spiral only the beginning, or a mere temporary blip?