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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite (2021): Choosing Android Tablets

In the tablet scene, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite are two affordable models that don’t skimp on features and quality. They’re similar in a lot of ways, including price and specs, but they vary enough that they’re targeted at different types of users.

Basically, the Galaxy Tab A7 is designed mainly for media consumption and browsing. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is for productivity and creativity (read: S Pen support). That, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy Tab A7Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
 Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 Wi-Fi 32GB Silver (SM-T500NZSAXAR)Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4', 128GB WiFi Tablet Oxford Gray - SM-P610NZAEXAR - S Pen Included
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Display10.4-inch IPS LCD, 2000 x 1200 (224 ppi)10.4-inch TFT, 2000 x 1200 (224 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 10, One UIAndroid 10 (can be updated to Android 11), One UI
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662Samsung Exynos 9611
Graphics Processing UnitAdreno 610Mali-G72 MP3
Storage32 or 64 GB (expandable via microSD card)64 or 128 GB (expandable via microSD card)
RAM3 GB4 GB
Stylusn/aS Pen included
CameraRear: 8 MP
Front: 5 MP
Rear: 8 MP wide
Front: 5MP
AudioStereo, 4 speakers, 3.5mm headphone jackStereo, 2 speakers (tuned by AKG), 3.5mm headphone jack
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB-CUSB-C
Battery7,040 mAh, 15W fast charging7,040 mAh, 15W fast charging
Weight1.05 lbs1.02 lbs
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.2″ x 9.75″ x 0.28″6.07″ x 9.63″ x 0.28″
ColorsGray, gold, silverOxford Gray, Angora Blue, Chiffon Rose

Design and Build

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a slightly better construction than the Galaxy Tab A7.

Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Design and Build
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (left) and the Galaxy Tab A7 (right) side by side.

To start things off, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite sports a metal unibody, giving it a high-end vibe expected from the Galaxy Tab S series. In a word, it screams premium despite its price tag.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab A7 has an aluminum chassis. That’s surprising considering its price point, which puts it in the mid-range segment of the tablet market. It doesn’t lag too far behind the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in this regard, but it does have plastic antennas.

Now the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite measures 6.07 x 9.63 x 0.28 inches and the Galaxy Tab A7 is at 6.2 x 9.75 x 0.28 inches. The takeaway here is the former is a bit smaller, but the difference is pretty much negligible. Both weigh about one pound, meaning they’re easy to carry around and hold.

While this is subjective, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite does have more interesting color options: Oxford Gray, Angora Blue, and Chiffon Rose. In comparison, the Galaxy Tab A7 is available in more typical colors: gray, gold, and silver.

Display and Audio

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has a slightly better display and speakers than the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Display and Audio
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (in photo) boasts a quad-speaker setup.

Both tablets rock a 10.4-inch display with a 2000 x 1200 resolution (224 ppi), so they have the same number of pixels and sharpness. But that’s about where their similarities end.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has an IPS LCD with better color accuracy, hitting 72 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut. In contrast, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a TFT display, covering 70 percent of the color range. However, it does have the upper hand with 435 nits of brightness as opposed to 329, making it the better of the two for outdoor use.

In the same vein, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s screen technology is better in that it has S Pen support. It has excellent palm rejection and a wide pressure sensitivity range. That means it’s perfect for taking notes by hand and sketching. Just to be clear, the S Pen doesn’t work on the Galaxy Tab A7, but some third-party styluses do. However, there’s no palm rejection or pressure sensitivity in that case, and accuracy is poor.

On the audio side of things, the Galaxy Tab A7 tops the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with four Dolby Atmos speakers instead of two. Even though the latter is tuned by AKG and features Dolby Atmos 3D, it couldn’t quite match up in playing music or movies. At any rate, both offer solid and immersive sound.

Software and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite beats the Galaxy Tab A7 in processing power and updates.

Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Software and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (in photo) is better equipped for gaming.

These tablets more or less have similar performance, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is ahead by a small margin. That’s thanks to the company’s proprietary Exynos 9611 chip under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab A7 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 and 3 GB of RAM that equates to decent performance, but it’s no powerhouse.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has 64 and 128 GB configurations, while the Galaxy Tab A7 is available only in 32 or 64 GB. Both do have storage that’s expandable with a microSD card, so there’s that.

When it comes to gaming, neither one will win any awards, but they’re serviceable. For instance, the two can handle Call of Duty: Mobile set on high, but it’s worth mentioning that there were stutters on the Galaxy Tab A7 and practically none on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Yet another front the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes out on top in is software. Samsung promises at least three years of updates, meaning it’s set to get Android 13 down the line. As for the Galaxy Tab A7, there’s no official word on its update roadmap at the time of writing. But if history is anything to go by, it should get two years of updates since Galaxy Tab A models typically get that treatment. However, nothing’s set in stone.

Battery and Other Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 has a slightly longer battery life than the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Battery and Other Features
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7’s (in photo) front camera placement is better for video calls in landscape mode.

On a single charge, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 can last longer than the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite despite having the same 7,040 mAh cell, but not by much. There are no exact numbers here since a lot of factors come into play when it comes to battery life, but there’s about a 30-minute difference with normal usage. For the record, they have a USB Type-C port and up to 15W of fast charging.

The Galaxy Tab A7 also has an advantage of sorts for those who do video calls often. It has the same 5-megapixel front snapper as the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, but it’s positioned at the top bezel when it’s in landscape mode, providing a better viewing angle.

For the curious, they have a few “limitations.” For starters, neither one has an official Samsung keyboard, but they do work with Bluetooth keyboards. Also, they don’t have Samsung DeX support.

Price and Value

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite arguably gives a better bang for the buck than the Galaxy Tab A7.

Galaxy Tab A7 vs S6 Lite Price and Value
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (in photo) has an S Pen right from the get-go.

There’s no huge price difference between the two, but all things considered, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite provides more value for the money. To be more precise, the 64 GB variant costs the same as the 64 GB version of the Galaxy Tab A7, and yet it comes with an S Pen out of the box and 1 GB more RAM.

Sure, the 32 GB Galaxy Tab A7 is really affordable and fits just about any budget, but in most cases, its space isn’t enough. After all, it can only store so many movies, TV shows, and apps. That’s where a microSD card can come in handy, but external storage is typically slower than internal.

Click here to see our comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and S6 Lite.

Verdict

Both Samsung tablets deliver where it counts, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite edges out the Galaxy Tab A7.

Our pick here is none other than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. For one thing, it has better software support, and it can be used for note-taking and drawing, not to mention that it’s got the processor and RAM to handle games better. Last but not least, it has a brighter screen for outdoor use.

In the Galaxy Tab A7’s defense, it has better speakers and color accuracy, both of which add a lot to an immersive viewing experience. However, the lack of S Pen support, weaker performance, and relatively dim screen are more than enough reason to tilt the scales in the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s favor.

FAQs

📌 Which is better, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 or the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is better than the Galaxy Tab A7 in many ways. It has a brighter screen, a faster processor, and higher RAM, and it comes with an S Pen as standard.

📌 Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 good?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is decent for its price. It has an excellent 10.4-inch IPS LCD display with a 2000 x 1200 resolution and four speakers for an excellent viewing experience.

📌 Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite worth it?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a powerful and feature-packed tablet that doesn’t break the bank. It has excellent software support, and it provides a top-notch writing experience with its S Pen.

📌 Will the S Pen work on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7?

No, the S Pen isn’t compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.

Last update on 2020-12-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Vincent Lanaria

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