The latest additions to Samsung’s high-end Galaxy Tab S line of Android tablets are now official, and they’re a bit different than last year’s models.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 tablets come in 8 inches and 9.7 inches sizes, compared to the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch models that the original Galaxy Tab S came in. Both of the new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets also come with 4:3 aspect ratios, which are different than the original Tab S models.
One feature that’s carried over from the original Tab S models to the new pair are the high-res displays. Both of the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets have Super AMOLED panels that both have a resolution of 2048x1536. Samsung touts these displays as being ideal for viewing content like “e-books, magazines, webpages, and newsfeeds.”
Both Galaxy Tab S2 tablets also offer octa-core processors, 8-megapixel rear and 2.1-megapixel front cameras, 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, microSD slots, and Android 5.0 beneath Samsung’s custom user interface. The 8-inch model offers a 4000mAh battery, while the larger 9.7-inch version has a 5870mAh juice pack. Both models will also be offered in Wi-Fi-only and 4G LTE versions. All of those goodies are crammed into bodies that measure just 5.6mm thick.
Samsung says that both of its Galaxy Tab S2 tablets will launch in “global markets” starting in August 2015. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t revealed how much they’ll cost.
While the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets don’t appear to offer any major spec upgrades over the original models, the first Tab S tablets were pretty highly-specced for their time, so the Tab S2s are still pretty high-end now. What’s different is that their 4:3 aspect ratio means that they’re better tooled for reading content, and with their super slim 5.6mm bodies, they’re super portable, too.
What do you think of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 tablets?