While the smartphone industry is sitting at a plateau right now, carriers have had to look elsewhere to continue growing their customer base and continue generating revenue. One of those areas has been tablets – even though tablets have also struggled to sell in recent years. AT&T is now bringing over the cheaper of Samsung's tablets onto their network in the Galaxy Tab E. This is the 8-inch model that features Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as well as a quad-core 1.3GHz processor (it's not specified, but likely Exynos), along with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage inside and a microSD card slot that can support up to 200GB of additional space. It has a 5000mAh battery inside which is powering this 8-inch tablet, and should be good enough to get you through the day.
AT&T is going to be offering up the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for $0 down and $10 per month through AT&T's NEXT installment plan. The carrier has yet to announce the up-front price for the tablet, but given the AT&T NEXT pricing, it's likely to be right around $200-250 up-front. Now along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Samsung's latest version of TouchWiz, it'll also have some DIRECTV software pre-installed. Like we've seen on some of the most recent flagships, like the LG G5. A bit unfortunate, especially for those that don't subscribe to DIRECTV. But it's there, hopefully we'll be able to uninstall or disable it without needing to obtain root.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab E is going up for pre-order this Friday, May 6th. So if you're looking for a new tablet, here's a great new option to check out. Remember, that picking up this tablet is also going to add $10 to your monthly bill. Even if you do buy it outright. AT&T charges an access fee, which for tablets is going to cost you $10 per line. Smartphones are $25 per line on plans of 5GB of lower. Above 5GB and it drops down to $15 per line per month. So if you are planning on buying the Galaxy Tab E on AT&T Next, you will see a $20 increase in your monthly bill. Which isn't too bad, but everyone should be aware.