The Galaxy S9 is not selling as well as Samsung hoped


But sales for Samsung were down even for the traditionally low-key quarter, as its flagship phones struggled to outshine the iPhone X and iPhone 8.

The company has officially announced the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 which, as the name suggests, boasts a 10.5-inch display.

USA buyers who want the LTE version can get theirs from Verizon starting on August 10, as well, although it's not clear what the privilege of cellular connectivity will add to the base price of the Tab S4.

On the specs side, the Tab A 10.5 features (unsurprisingly) a 10.5 display. "The screen has gone from 9.7" (2048×1536) to 10.5" (2560×1600), and we know that Snapdragon 835 is ~25% faster than the Tab S3's Snapdragon 820.

The 2-in-1 Android 8.1 tablet packs a 10.5in 2560x1600 Super AMOLED display, surrounded by slimmer bezels than Samsung's previous Android tablets.

But "mobile market conditions will likely remain challenging in the second half amid pricing competition and new product launches", it said, adding that it would respond by launching its Galaxy Note 9 smartphone earlier than expected.

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Authorities have been using a helicopter and boats to search for the culprits, they added, but no arrests have been made so far. The Swedish royal family is said to be fuming after thieves made away with some of their most prized Crown Jewels.

The new Galaxy Tab A is also designed for family use, which is why it comes with Kids Mode pre-installed. You can also extend Samsung DeX to an external monitor with a compatible HDMI to USB-C multi-port adapter. The smartphone comes in a single 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 256 GB.

Other design features that are noticeable on both tablets include the metal frame which is present on the Galaxy Tab S4 but not on the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 as it's made out of plastic.

Samsung has provided 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Samsung DeX, for those who are unware, is the South Korean company's tech that allows for a tablet or smartphone experience to be transformed into a light desktop computing one. Samsung says the 7,300mAh battery offers up to 16 hours of video playback.

When paired with a keyboard and mouse, you can turn the Galaxy Tab S4 into a PC experience by switching to DeX mode. The Tab A 10.5 is also missing the S Pen, the iris scanner, and DeX support, all features included with the Tab S4.

The Galaxy S9 hasn't exactly been the sales performer Samsung was hoping for, so we're not too surprised to see the 2018 flagships receive hefty discounts via Best Buy (h/t: Droid Life). The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. No official confirmation is yet available, but come on, we're all adults here.