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Galaxy Tab A announced instead of Galaxy Tab 5

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Yesterday we reported that TENAA, the Chinese certification authority, has published specs and images for the alleged Galaxy Tab 5 tablet line-up from Samsung. It turns out that those were not the Galaxy Tab 5 specs, rather an entirely new Galaxy Tab line-up, namely the Galaxy Tab A. Samsung Canada announced today that they would be starting sale of the new Galaxy Tab A tablet line-up which is targeted at families and is supposed to be a budget friendly option.

Since Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A is focused at entertainment and acts as a family solution, you would expect large screens which can be used by all the family with high resolution for optimal media viewing. Instead, the specs that we thought were inferior for the Galaxy Tab 5 yesterday are actually spot-on the specs for the new Galaxy Tab A brothers. According to the press released, the Galaxy Tab A will be available in wo different variants, as predicted: one 8 inch variant and one larger 9.7 inch variant. The 8 inch Galaxy Tab A will be available in either white or titanium color schemes and will come with a 1024*768 resolution TFT display, which is way less than you would expect for a media viewing and entertainment oriented tablet. It’s supposed to be a compact tablet fit for family use, although it might be more appropriate for social media than videos with that resolution.

The larger 9.7 inch Galaxy Tav A comes with a few extra benefits, but it actually has an ever worse ppi pixel density as it has the same resolution as the 8 inch version. The added feature for the larger Galaxy Tab A is the S-Pen Stylus, otherwise it comes with the same specs and color schemes as the smaller slate. The hardware specs for these two tablets coincide, the only differences being size, display size and battery size. In terms of hardware, both seem like pretty solid slates compared to the competition, which acts like a plus for them.

Both versions of the Galaxy Tab A come with 1.2 GHz quad core processors and 16 GB internal memory, but the larger variant has 2 GB RAM while the 8 inch Galaxy Tab A comes with only 1.5 GB RAM. Both slates support microSD cards up to 128 GB in size, which plays into the media-oriented nature of the devices. Further on, they both run Android 5.0 Lollipop with a slew of Microsoft apps included, which is once again a plus for the tablets in my opinion. The cameras measure 5 MP on the rear and 2 MP on the front, which sound pretty neat, although they are definitely not top-notch.

Samsung promises 13 hours of autonomy with Wi-Fi and 12 hours of continuous video playback on the 8 inch Galaxy Tab A which has a 4200 mAh battery and 15 hours of autonomy with Wi-Fi and 14 hours of continuous video playback on the 9.7 inch Galaxy Tab A which has a larger 6000 mAh battery incorporated. Both these tablets are already available in the Samsung store, but pricing has not been disclosed yet. The press release says that sales should open up today and we will update this post with pricing information as soon as that happens.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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