Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Review

Apart from actively releasing high-end tablets, Samsung is also diligent in releasing tablets with more affordable prices such as the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite.

This one tablet as the name suggests is a downgrade version of the Galaxy Tab A7. The most striking difference is in the chipset, battery, and screen resolution on the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, which has lower specifications but costs only Rp. 2,499,000.

In my experience using the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, it’s actually not enough for everyday use. It needs to be dioprek-oprek tablet to be fit for use.

 

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite looks like a tablet in general. What is somewhat unique in its price class is that the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite uses aluminum material for the back.

The aluminum material feels sturdy and comfortable in the hand. As far as I know, none of the latest Samsung phones use aluminum material in the same price range.

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a small size for a tablet, which is 212.5 x 124.7mm and a thickness of 8mm. Coupled with its weight of only 371g, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite can be used like a large cellphone.

On the sides there is a SIM + microSD card slot, speakers, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack, but unfortunately there is no fingerprint scanner, either a physical model or under the screen.

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The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite uses a TFT screen with a span of 8.7 and a resolution of 1,340 × 800. This low screen resolution makes the screen look not smooth, especially when used for watching or playing games.

One thing that is a big drawback of the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is that it doesn’t use an oleophobic coating on the screen to prevent oil and fingerprints from sticking easily.

In a short time I managed to make the screen of the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite an “oil field”. Thanks to this the screen display becomes disturbed and the screen surface feels slippery.

To solve this problem, you can actually use a plastic screen protector or add an oleophobic layer to the screen yourself.

With the Mediatek MT8768T Helio P22T chipset and 3 GB of RAM embedded in the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, its performance is not smooth for daily activities.

It is often seen that there are broken animations that appear when operating the tablet such as when scrolling through the tablet interface and changing applications.

When opening the application, it often feels like there is a pause of about 1-2 seconds before the application can display the main display.

I need to uninstall and stop some apps from running in the background so as not to burden the tablet performance. I’ve also tried using other lightweight launchers like Nova Launcher. The result is the tablet’s performance becomes somewhat more satisfying.

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For playing popular games such as Mobile Legends and AOV, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite can still play well but with low graphics quality settings. PUBG Mobile is also still playable but loading feels long and the graphics don’t look good.

Thanks to its compact size, playing games on the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite without a gamepad can still be done comfortably. The speakers on this tablet have good sound quality for a tablet plus there is a Dolby Atmos mode to produce surround sound.

The internal storage provided by the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is only 32GB. With a capacity of that size, of course, it will run out quickly if it is used to install many applications, especially games. Fortunately there is support for microSD cards on this tablet.

For resources, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite uses a 5,100mAh battery. For everyday use, the battery is quite durable.

With the use to play games and use various social networking applications and productivity, I can use this tablet with a screen on time of 5 hours 50 minutes up to 10% battery power.

When I tested this tablet using the PC Mark application with the battery setting at 100% and the screen brightness level at 50%, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite got a battery life score of 9 hours 16 minutes.

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For charging the battery, this tablet actually supports 15W fast charging. Unfortunately the tablet’s default charger can only charge at low power which takes 3 hours 38 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 100%.

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is equipped with an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. This camera is more suitable to be used only as a supporting feature, such as when doing video conferencing or augmented reality, not to take photos.

This is because the camera results are not satisfactory, especially in low light conditions. Plus, because of the tablet’s shape, it makes it uncomfortable to take pictures.

When I use it for video calls using the Zoom application, my face is recorded quite well even though the white background wall looks too bright.

The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite can actually be a good tablet in its price class but unfortunately this is hampered by several things, such as the absence of an oleophobic coating and its performance that needs to be retouched to make it more adequate.

This tablet is more suitable for those who need it more for browsing, social networking, video conferencing, or distance learning. If you want to play games, take photos, or use heavy applications, this tablet is not suitable.