Introduced some time in June 2021, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is made as a cheaper option to the Galaxy Tab A7 2020 which was released some time in late 2020. The obvious difference is the screen size. The Tab A7 Lite comes with an 8.7” TFT display while the Tab A7 is bigger with a 10.4” TFT display. Having said that, I feel that the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is able to perform well for daily use.
I received the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite a few days ago for review and I have been using it since. Within those few days of using it, I feel that much can be done to improve the performance of the Tab A7 Lite, perhaps an OTA update to get rid of the slight sluggishness when I throw multiple tasks at it. But it still managed to keep up with my multi-tasking inputs which to me, is good. So what will you get when you purchase the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite? Let’s dig in.
Inside the box, you can find the Tab A7 tablet itself. In the compartment under it, you can find the USB type-C charger cable and the charger brick along with the user manual and warranty details. The box is pretty much kept to a minimum, which also has a minimalistic look. I received the grey version, which looks great and well built.
Firing up the Tab A7 Lite for the first time only took a few seconds. After setting up and logging in to my profile, I am ready to play.
Let me break down on the Tab A7 Lite’s specifications. It is powered by MediaTek G22T SoC (Octa-core 4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) as the main processing brain with PowerVR GE8320 GPU and supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. An improvement from its predecessors, the Tab A7 Lite is able to support up to 1TB of extended storage via the MicroSD card slot. That is a great option to have in case you need that extra storage.
It also comes with a single 8MP camera at the back while for the front selfie is a 2MP camera. Don’t expect much from the camera quality. On quick tests, it is able to shoot a decent photo while being outdoors or in a brightly lit area. But when it gets dark, everything is different. It’s like night and day, literally and figuratively speaking. For those sample shots, I will post it along with my full review of the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite next week.
If you’re asking if this Tab A7 Lite is able to help you with your daily tasks, my answer is yes. It is a great companion to have and it performs well. If you’re only using it for work or study, then this works for you. If you’re a gamer and wish to play games on the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, maybe you should get the Tab A7 2020 instead. However, the Tab A7 Lite is good with normal non-heavy graphic games. It’s good enough for light gaming, not for PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile or Genshin Impact.
Bottom line is, work – yes, study – yes, light games – yes, heavy gaming – no. Get the idea? It can do what you want it to do, but don’t push it. I mainly use the Tab A7 Lite for handling my daily emails, web browsing, Netflix and light gaming, like Pokemon Go.
Speaking of which, I will also note that the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is an awesome entertainment device. It comes with stereo speakers when you place it in landscape mode. The placement of the two speakers are good. And it is tuned and powered by Dolby Atmos. I can vouch for this. The audio quality is surprisingly good. Both speakers sounded solid and loud. I really enjoy watching movies on this tablet. I really do. A big plus for the Tab A7 Lite on this.
And to watch long hour movies, you do need a good battery to support the long hours. The Tab A7 Lite comes with a 5,100mAh battery, which in my test lasted for about 10 hours or so.
I shall refrain from giving out too much in this “first look” article. I do have another week or so for the full review and I am looking forward to fully test this Samsung Galaxy A7 Lite. The bottom line is, this device has high potential to be a great device for students and professionals alike, without the hefty price tag (only RM699). More info on Samsung’s official Galaxy Tab A7 Lite page.