Even though Samsung announced two new flagship phones on Thursday, the Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, they weren’t done just yet with announcing new devices. This time around, it’s not another phone, but a tablet. Following in the footsteps of last years Galaxy Tab S model, Samsung came out with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 in two different sizes. A 9.7″ (168.8 x 237.1 x 5.5mm) model – sound familiar? – and an 8.0″ (134.5 x 198.2 x 5.5mm) model.
The Galaxy Tab S was the lightest tablet on the market last year, but that has changed as the Galaxy Tab S2 will be considered the lightest by only weighing 385g for the 9.7″ model and 270g for the 8.0″ model. Having actually held both models, I do have to say that they really are lightweight. And I mean it. Thickness comes in at 5.5mm making it pretty damn slim.
Resolution wise it is the same for both models, QXGA (2048 x 1536) Super AMOLED displays. The screen is just as nice as the Note5 display as colors do pop out more. The rear facing camera is set to 8MP while the front facing camera is only 2.1MP. Though it’s only 2.1MP, Samsung said it’s still going to work well in a low light situation if you’re using Skype or Hangouts.
Right now, you’re probably wondering what’s on the inside, so let me get that out for ya. An Exynos Octa-core processor is used, but unfortunately it’s the same one used in the Note 4. It is using the big.Little architecture though. Four cores clock in at 1.9GHz and the other four clock in at 1.3GHz. It is 64-bit though, but the drawback to that is the firmware at the moment isn’t supported for it. 3GB of RAM is included, along with the option to have 32GB of storage or 64GB. A MicroSD card slot is there as well and supports up to 128GB. Battery size for the 9.7″ model is 5,870mAh and the 8.0″ model is 4,000mAh. You will get 10 hours of video playback even with the battery size being so low. It does come with Android 5.1 out of the box. Both version also do have a finger print scanner on them.
Now that that’s all said and done, you’re probably wondering what the price will be for these powerhouse tablets. Well, that the thing, it’s not as much as you think. Or at least in my option. For the 9.7″ version, you’re paying $499 while the 8.0″ version is only $399. Not bad right? As for colors, you will have the option to choose between, Black, White, and Champagne Beige.
With specs, prices, and light weight in mind, here’s my question for you: Do you plan on getting either one of these tablets when they hit the shelves, or will you pass on it? Leave your comment below, or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.
Last Updated on November 27, 2018.