Samsung announces its thinnest and lightest tablets to-date, Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 with 5.6mm thin profile

After getting leaked online numerous of times, Samsung earlier today officially took the wraps off the next generation Galaxy Tab S tablet. Dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the tablet comes in two variants, one with an 8-inch display and the other with an 9.7-inch display. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 is the company's thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever and also the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Like all other Samsung tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2 will come in a variety of connectivity and storage options: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 32GB or 64GB with expandable up to 128GB using microSD card.

The Galaxy Tab S2 will begin to hit stores starting next month in black and white colors. No exact details about exact cost of the device have been provided, however SamMobile is quoting the European prices of based 32GB models as follows - 

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi: Euro 399  ($433)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 LTE: Euro 469 ($509)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Wi-Fi: Euro 499 ($542)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE: Euro 569 ($618)

On the specifications front, the Galaxy Tab S2 is powered by Octa-core Exynos 5433 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) processor with Mali T760MP6 GPU, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI on top.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 offers Multitasking, allowing users to view and run two apps simultaneously with Pop-Up Window, that allows users to easily navigate between multiple apps at once.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

On the imagining front, the Tab S2 comes with an 8MP rear camera without LED flash and an 2.1MP front facing shooter for video conferencing. The rear camera is capable of recording 4K videos (2560 x 1440p) @30fps.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE and GPS / GLONASS. For enhanced manageability, the Galaxy Tab S2 is built with a touch-enabled Fingerprint Scanner for hassle-free authentication. 

The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 comes with an 8-inch 4:3 ratio QXGA Super AMOLED display with 2048 x 1536p resolution and 4,000mAh battery. The tablet measures 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6mm and weights 265g (Wi-Fi) / 272g (LTE).

On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 features an 9.7-inch 4:3 ratio QXGA Super AMOLED display and 5,870mAh battery, and measures 169 x 237.3 x 5.6mm weighting 389g (Wi-Fi) / 392g (LTE).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7