A new premium tablet in Samsung’s line-up, the Galaxy Tab S2 will have slim and light elements making it easily portable. Previously, the Korean outfit had given an official announcement about its existence but now we get both the 8 and 9.7 incher in person. Official pricing will slot at RM 1,699 (inclusive of GST) for the 8-inch tablet, while the bigger 9.7-inch brother will cost RM 1,999 (inclusive of GST).
Samsung Malaysia will be refreshing its flagship tablet line up with the Galaxy Tab S2. Announced quietly last month, the Galaxy Tab S2 is their thinnest and lightest tablet yet at 5.6mm and it weighs from just 265g (Tab S2 8.0 WiFi). The local tech media will be invited for a preview this week but retailer SenHeng has published its retail price along with its bundled freebies.
Without much fanfare, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Tab S2, its flagship tablet that replaces its current Galaxy Tab S. In the face of declining tablet sales, Samsung still thinks there’s still a market for premium tablets and the new one now comes with a 4:3 display aspect ratio that’s similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini series.
For starters, it will come in 2 sizes, 8.0″ and 9.7″ inches, which is similar to what its Galaxy Tab A has to offer. The display on both models are using Super AMOLED with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. While that’s the same as what iPad Retina Displays have to offer, it is lower than the current Galaxy Tab S which gives a higher Quad HD 2600×1600 pixels resolution.
By the looks of it, the Tab S2 will be sporting a metal rim as well as a physical home button as well as a power button and a volume rocker on top of a microSD and SIM card slot. The home button could possibly be a fingerprint scanner as well.
Rumoured specs for the device include a super AMOLED 2048 x 1536 display, 64-bit Exynos processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage with Android 5.0 out of the box. The tablet is also expected to have a 8 megapixel rear camera with a 2.1 megapixel front shooter and Cat.6 LTE support.
@Onleaks also reports that the tablet may not be as skinny as originally thought, as it’s rumoured to be around 5.8 to 5.9 mm at it’s thickest point when previously it was speculated that the 8 inch model of the Tab S2 would be around 5.4 to 5.5mm thick.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is more or less expected to make it’s debut in June and should come in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G flavours.
Rumour has it that the next gen of Tab S tablets might be coming in a couple of months, and we already have some specs to go with it.
Under the hood, the new tablets are likely to have a 64-bit Exynos processor, 3GB RAM as well as 32GB storage with microSD expansion, possible optional Cat.6 LTE support and a 8 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front camera combo. The display on the other hand is rumoured to be a Super AMOLED with a 1536 x 2048 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. It’s likely to run on Android Lollipop out of the box.
Like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab A, the Tab S2 will come in an 8 inch and 9.7 inch variant. They are also expected to hit launch in Wi-Fi only and LTE supported models. The tablet is also expected to be very thin (sources say either 5.4 or 5.5mm) and to weigh in at 260g for the 8 inch model which could very well put the tablet at the world’s thinnest and lightest.
June isn’t too far off so we’re likely to see more information on the Tab S2 as we approach release date.
It has been a while since Samsung announced a high-end tablet and its next model, the Galaxy Tab S2 could be the thinnest tablet yet at only 5.5mm. At the moment, that title is being held by the Dell Venue 8 7000 at 6.0mm and as comparison, the Galaxy S6 is currently 6.8mm thick.
According to serial leakster @OnLeaks, the Galaxy Tab S2 will have the dimensions of 237.17mm x 169.58mm x 5.5mm, which is more compact and thinner than the current Galaxy Tab S at 6.6mm. He also added that the new high-end tablet will have a Galaxy S6 inspired design, so you can probably expect a metal frame with glass both front and back.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S2 is likely to feature its current performance king Exynos Octa 7 processor as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. For the display, similar to its Galaxy Tab A series, it would be having an iPad-like 4:3 display aspect ratio, which is the current trend adopted by newer Android tablets.
According to the benchmark, the SM-T815 which is likely the LTE model, is to have a 9.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4:3.
The world doesn’t need another ridiculously thin phone but the idea of a thinner tablet is always welcomed. With the Galaxy S6 smart phone making its debut very soon, Samsung is about to release the successor of its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet.
At 6.6mm, the Tab S is quite a remarkably thin device but it still thicker than other competitors like the Xperia Z2 Tablet (6.4mm) and Apple’s iPad Air 2 (6.1mm). For the next model which is dubbed as the Galaxy Tab S2, it is reported to be thinner than Apple’s wafer thin iPad.