Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Vs Tab A 10.5

Tab A 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Display quality.
Rich quad-speaker audio.
Long lasting battery.
Elegant design, comfortable handling.
4G and Dedicated card slot.
Great price.
Solid, sharp screen.
Looks and feels a lot like a more expensive tablet.
Good battery life.
Only 32GB storage.
No HD streaming on Netflix and Prime.
Limited storage.
Limited graphics power.
Some minor system lag.


Tab A 10.5Tab A 10.1
Dimensions10.23” x 6.33” x 0.31”9.65 x 5.88 x 0.3 inches (245.1 x 149.4 x 7.6 mm)
Weight1.17 lbs16.54 oz (469.0 g)
MaterialsBack: PlasticBack: Aluminum
KeysRight: Volume control, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
ColorsBlack, Gray, BlueBlack, Gold, Gray

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

The Samsung Tab A 10.1 is a budget category device and despite of that the build quality of the Tab A 10.1 is pretty good. The back of this device is made up of aluminium, however, there are plastic bars on this device which gives it a little bit of cheap feeling.

The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 can easily be hold in one hand and you can also watch videos or read (if you like reading). This device is not too thin which is not that big of a deal. Overall the design and build quality of this device is great considering it’s price point.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

The design of this device is very similar to Tab A 10.4 and just like the other Tab A devices the build quality of the Tab A 10.5 is also nice but it is a full plasitc body.

In spite of having plastic body it doesn’t feel cheap and also it looks quite modern as the bezels are quite thin. It feels comfortable while holding this device in the hand and also because the texture is nice as well. Overall the build quality and design of these device is really good and you will also like the design of this device.


Tab A 10.5Tab A 10.1
Size10.5 inches10.1 inches
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 216 PPI1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio, 224 PPI
TechnologyTFTIPS LCD
Screen-to-body76.32 %80.80 %
FeaturesAmbient light sensor, Proximity sensorAmbient light sensor

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

This device has got 10.1-inch display and it is a really good looking display at this price point. The bezels are thin and it looks really modernize as well. This device is good enough to watch Full HD videos on YouTube. It is also a brighter display with better viewing angles as well.

The colors are nice and rich and also the contrast and the color reproduction is good as well. The images were detailed and clear but the smaller text did get a little blurry.

Overall the display is quite impressive and the colors and the brightness of the display is also quite nice as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

As the name says this device has got a 10.5-inch Full HD screen which is really nice and pleasing as well and it is expected with Samsung. The viewing experience on this device is great and also the viewing angles are great as well.

The other great thing about this device is that the screen is laminated which means that there is no air gap between the display and the panel. This enhances the user experience especially for those who loves to sketching and drawing.

The display is quite bright and it is bright enough to use it in direct sunlight but it is not the most brightest display in the market. Also some other aspects like color reproduction and contrast are fine as well.

Hardware & Performance

Tab A 10.5Tab A 10.1
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 450 SDM450Samsung Exynos 7 7904
ProcessorOcta-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nmOcta-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
GPUAdreno 506Mali-G71 MP2
Internal storage32GB, available to use: 22.2 GB128GB
Storage expansionmicroSDXC up to 400 GBmicroSDXC up to 512 GB
Device typeTabletTablet
OSAndroid (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), Samsung One UIAndroid (10, 9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

The speakers on this device are bottom firing and these are stereo speakers. These stereo speakers are loud enough to watch casual videos but these are not the speakers I would preferably use outdoors. Also the bass is balanced but it doesn’t have too good bass.

Overall, this device doesn’t provide high-end audio experience as it has got Dolby Atmos surround sound. However, fortunately we do get 3.5 mm jack.

The performance of the Tab A 10.1 is surprisingly good as it has only got 2 GB of RAM. This much RAM is more than enough to watch videos, play some normal games, browsing, using social media and things like that.

Being that said you can also play some high-end games by lowering down the graphics if you want to avoid stutters or lags.

Overall, the performance of this device is good enough for most things and if you are someone who uses it for everyday task than this device is definitely for you.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

This device has got four stereo speakers two bottom firing and two top firing speakers with Dolby Atmos support. the bass on this device is also nice and yes I would love to use this device outdoors to get great audio experience. You also have got 3.5 mm jack so that you can also use earphones if you don’t like to make noise outdoors.

The performance of this device is good enough for most of the daily task and for someone who just want to use it for everyday task than it is a really great device for that. Simple games runs nicely and some high-end games like PUBG are also playable at low graphic settings to avoid stuttering or lags.

Camera & Battery

Tab A 10.5Tab A 10.1
RearSingle-cameraSingle camera
Main camera8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)8 MP (Autofocus)
Video recording1920×1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)1920×1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Front5 MP5 MP
Battery Capacity7300 mAh6150 mAh
Battery TypeLi – PolymerLi – Ion, Not user replaceable

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

The rear camera of this device is a 8-megapixel shooter and the images doesn’t look too good however, considering that it’s a budget category device the images are decent enough but they are not too good. If we talk about the night time photos they are not even decent which is a case in almost all the devices at this price point. However, these cameras are good enough for video calling in daytime but not too good at night time.

The battery life of this device is pretty good as we were able to use the Tab A 10.1 for 6 and half hours continuously as real life usage at maximum brightness with wifi connected.

However, you might be able to use it for more than 6 and half hours as we kept the brightness at the maximum and use it heavily. Overall, the battery performance is great and you will not face any issues regarding battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

This device has also got 8 megapixel rear viewing camera and the photos are nice especially in bright lightning conditions however, the photos in low lightning conditions are not that great. These cameras are also good for video calling but you will not find these cameras a lot useful in night timing. Overall these cameras are decent enough but not too good considering that it is a budget category device.

This device can easily last up to 15 hours with moderate usage. However, if you are a heavy user than also it lasts up to 9 hours with single charge but it does depends on the usage of the device. It also has got fast charging which takes somewhere around 3 hours to fully charge the device.

Which Should You Buy?

According to me, there are not too many differences in both of these devices. But these differences are quite significant which influences your buying decision. Like there are four speakers in the Tab A 10.5 but in Tab A 10.1 there are only two speakers. Which also means that the audio quality is better on the Tab A 10.5. Just like that the battery performance is also better on the Tab 10.5 than on the Tab A 10.1. Also, the hardware performance is nice as well on the Tab A 10.5. Other than these there are not many difference in both of these devices.

However, for some these differences are nothing but for some these are the differences that influence there buying decision. For me the battery performance matters a lot so I will definitely go with Tab A 10.5.