Consumer electronics company Samsung has announced the second generation Galaxy Tab S series premium tablets in Seoul, South Korea.
The new line of Galaxy Tab S2 – 9.7 and 8.0 – are said to be the slimmest slates offered by the company till date. Both the tablets measure just 5.6mm in thickness and weigh 389 g and 265 g respectively.
Both Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0 house similar hardware inside, but differ in display size and battery capacity. The former sports a 9.7-inch QXGA screen and 5870 mAh battery, whereas the latter features a smaller 8.0-inch QXGA screen and 4000 mAh cell.
Under the hood, Samsung's new tablets come packed with finger scanner, proprietary Exynos 5433 series Octa-core (1.9GHz Cortex A57 quad-core + 1.3GHz Cortex A53 quad-core) CPU, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 8mp camera on the back and 2.1mp snapper on the front.
"The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever, it also gives users quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features," said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.
"We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the most complete personal visual device designed for consumers to carry and use anywhere," he added.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 release details:
The company has confirmed that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will be made available in two variants – Wi-Fi Only and LTE. Both the tablets will be released across global regions in August, but the details regarding price are still under wraps.
Once released, the Galaxy Tab S2 will pose a stiff challenge to arch rival Apple's iPad Air and iPad Mini series premium tablets.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0:
|Models||Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7||Galaxy Tab S2 8.0|
|Display||9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display with 20148x1536p resolution||8.0-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display with 20148x1536p resolution|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 5433 series Octa-core (1.9GHz Cortex A57 quad-core + 1.3GHz Cortex A53 quad-core)||Samsung Exynos 5433 series Octa-core (1.9GHz Cortex A57 quad-core + 1.3GHz Cortex A53 quad-core)|
|GPU||700MHz Mali T760MP6||700MHz Mali T760MP6|
|RAM||3GB LPDDR 3||3GB LPDDR 3|
|Storage capacity||32GB/64GB , expandable up to 128GB via microSD card||32GB/64GB , expandable up to 128GB via microSD card|
|Battery||5870 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Add-ons||Finger Scanner, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth®4.1 BLE, GPS/GLONASS, Value-added apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will be provided ( but, it may differ by the regions)||Finger Scanner, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth®4.1 BLE, GPS/GLONASS, Value-added apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will be provided ( but, it may differ by the regions)|
|Dimensions||169 x 237.3 x 5.6mm||134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6mm|
|Weight||389g(Wi-Fi only)/392g(LTE)||265g(Wi-Fi only)/ 272g(LTE|