Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Vs Tab A 8.0: Which to Buy?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Vs Tab A 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Pretty Good Screen Quality.
Powerful processor.
Android 9.0 Pie.
Great price.
Solid, sharp screen.
Looks and feels a lot like a more expensive tablet.
Good battery life.
Full Plastic body.
Only One Speaker.
No fingerprint.
Limited storage.
Limited graphics power.
Some minor system lag.


Tab A 8.0Tab A 10.1
Dimensions8.20 x 5.43 x 0.29 inches (208.3 x 137.9 x 7.4 mm)9.65 x 5.88 x 0.3 inches (245.1 x 149.4 x 7.6 mm)
Weight11.04 oz (313.0 g)16.54 oz (469.0 g)
MaterialsBack: Aluminum
KeysRight: Volume control, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
ColorsGray, Blue, WhiteBlack, Gold, Gray

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has got an aluminium metal body and it feels quite durable in hands. The design of the Tab A 10.1 is very much identical to its previous versions. This device is pretty heavy which means it can’t be held in one hand. The build quality and the design of the Tab A 10.1 is very simple which is my preference.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has got an aluminium body and it feels pretty sturdy. The design of this device is very similar to other devices and also this device feels very heavy which is not good for someone who likes to use it in one hand. The button placements are good and also there is a headphone jack as well. 


Tab A 8.0Tab A 10.1
Size8.0 inches10.1 inches
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels, 160 PPI1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 224 PPI
TechnologyTFTIPS LCD
Screen-to-body68.99 %80.80 %
Colors16 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesAmbient light sensorAmbient light sensor

Tab A 10.1 has got a 10.1-inch screen which is already in the name. This is a Full HD display and the top and side bezels are also thinner than on the Tab A 8.0. It is also a laminated display which means there is no air gap between the panel and the pixels. The viewing angles are wide and brightness is good but you will face some difficulties in direct sunlight.

Tab A 8.0 has got an 8-inch screen but it is only HD display. The brightness is decent but not good enough to use it in direct sunlight. I played some videos on Youtube and it maxes out at 720 pixels. The bezels are also thick which doesn’t give it a modern look.


Tab A 8.0Tab A 10.1
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916Samsung Exynos 7 7904
ProcessorQuad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bitOcta-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
GPUAdreno 306Mali-G71 MP2
Internal storage16GB128GB
Storage expansionmicroSDXC up to 128 GBmicroSDXC up to 512 GB
Device typeTabletTablet
OSAndroid (7.1 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop)Android (10, 9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI

Both the devices are good enough for using it for day to day task. You can also do multitasking as there is a split-screen mode. Multitasking works best with simple apps like Youtube, Chrome, etc.

Some high-end games like PUBG are also playable on both devices. If you turn the graphics setting to low then the game runs very smoothly. The graphics also look nice as well. When I played Asphalt 9, Tab A 10.1 beats the Tab A 8.0. So if you are after performance, Tab A 10.1 is much better choice.


Tab A 8.0Tab A 10.1
RearSingle cameraSingle camera
Main camera5 MP (Autofocus)8 MP (Autofocus)
Video recording1280×720 (HD)1920×1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Front2 MP5 MP
Battery Capacity4200 mAh6150 mAh
Battery TypeLi – Ion, Not user replaceableLi – Ion, Not user replaceable

The front and the back cameras on this device are better than Tab A 8.0 cameras. These cameras took pretty decent photos for a tablet but the images are not as good in comparison of smartphone. However, these cameras are good enough for scanning documents or video calling or some quick snapshots as well.

Battery-wise, Tab A 8.0 is much better than Tab A 10.1. Tab A 8.0 lasts for 13 hours with just a single charge and 10 hours for Tab A 10.1.


In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is the device you should go for as it is a better performing device. It also has a nice display, good camera, and better speakers as well. On the other hand, you should consider buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 if you want a basic device for day to day task like watching videos on Youtube or surfing the web. This device has also got a nice battery life which is the only plus point in this device.