[Update: Nougat is Rolling Out] Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) Update to Android 7.0 Nougat to be Released Soon
After rolling out the latest Android 7.0 Nougat to some of its 2016 and 2015 smartphone flagships, Samsung is now turning attention to the tablet family.
Not so long ago, we reported about Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, a tablet that was first released in 2015 and revised in 2016 under the same name. So far, the update is rolling out to the 2015 model, but it won’t be long before the same happens for the newer 2016 version.
Apparently, Samsung is also getting ready to roll out the same Android 7.0 Nougat OS to another of its 2016 tablet releases, the Galaxy Tab A. Like many other Sammy devices, this one has two variants as well – a 7.0-inch model and a 10.1-inch variant. As per the latest listing on Wi-Fi Alliance, it is the latter model that is being tested for Android 7.0 Nougat, which confirms that the official rollout should not be far away.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) has two variants. Where one variant has no room for the S Pen, the second variant supports this feature. The two models further get differentiated by their connectivity features, where the SM-T580 and SM-T585 models represent the non-S-Pen version with support for Wi-Fi only and LTE connectivity, respectively. As for the S-Pen version, the Wi-Fi only version has model number SM-P580 while the LTE variant has model number SM-P585.
According to the listing on Wi-Fi Alliance, Android 7.0 Nougat OS has been certified for both sets of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), be it the S Pen or non-S Pen version, Wi-Fi only or LTE version. This is great stuff from Samsung and even though we don’t have an official release date, you can sit around comfortably knowing that the tech giant is working on a Nougat update for your Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet.
Released in May 2016, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, as the name suggests, has a 10.1-inch display screen with 1920 x 1200 pixels of resolution. The tablet came preinstalled with Android Marshmallow and under the hood, it has an Exynos 7870 octa-core clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card.
The back camera has an 8MP shooter while the front ships with a 2MP lens for selfies, which can also record up to 1080p videos like the main camera. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has an impressive 7300mAh battery unit that is charged via a microUSB port.
Update: As expected, Android 7.0 Nougat has just started rolling out to both variants of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) over the air. The update carries software version P580FKXU1BQD9 for the Wi-Fi-only variant and P585FKXU1BQD9 for the LTE variant.