Mobile Technology

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2: An incredibly light and thin pair of tablets

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2: An in...
Samsung quietly announced a second round of Galaxy Tab S tablets today
Samsung quietly announced a second round of Galaxy Tab S tablets today
View 4 Images
The Galaxy Tab S2 will come in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display options
1/4
The Galaxy Tab S2 will come in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display options
Both sizes of the tablet are a mere 5.6 mm (0.22-inch) thick
2/4
Both sizes of the tablet are a mere 5.6 mm (0.22-inch) thick
They carry the same Super AMOLED display tech found in the 2014 Tab S series, but with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution
3/4
They carry the same Super AMOLED display tech found in the 2014 Tab S series, but with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution
Samsung quietly announced a second round of Galaxy Tab S tablets today
4/4
Samsung quietly announced a second round of Galaxy Tab S tablets today
View gallery - 4 images

After several years' worth of mid-ranged slates, last year's Galaxy Tab S series was Samsung's first truly flagship tablet. A year later, the company has a pair of sequels that push light and thin to new extremes.

The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display options. While last year's batch had longer 16:10 aspect ratios, these take on the iPad's boxier 4:3 ratio. At 2,048 x 1,536, they also have the same resolution as Apple's latest tablets – and, interestingly, that gives them lower pixel densities than we saw in last year's Galaxy Tab S slates.

Like last year, both displays are Super AMOLED – which should mean rich, vibrant colors, high contrast and deep blacks.

They carry the same Super AMOLED display tech found in the 2014 Tab S series, but with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution
They carry the same Super AMOLED display tech found in the 2014 Tab S series, but with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution

Where they set themselves apart, at least spec-wise, is in their insane lightness and thinness. Both are just 5.6 mm (0.22-inch) thick, 8 percent thinner than the already razor-thin iPad Air 2. The 9.7-inch Tab S2 is also 11 percent lighter than the feathery Air 2.

Samsung says the tablets have metal frames (meaning the edges), unlike the plastic found on last year's models – though it appears that the tablets' backs are still plastic.

The Galaxy Tab S2 will come in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display options
The Galaxy Tab S2 will come in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display options

Both tablets have octa-core Samsung Exynos processors (two quad-cores, one clocked at 1.9 GHz and the other at 1.3 GHz). Both have 3 GB of RAM.

No word yet on pricing, but last year's models started at US$500 (full-sized model) and $400 (smaller model). The Tab S2 pair will launch globally in August.

Source: Samsung

View gallery - 4 images
0 comments
There are no comments. Be the first!