An it­er­a­tive upgrade over the Tab S, the Tab S2 8.0 is good, but misses out on some op­por­tu­ni­ties to help it stand out.

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| MARCH 2016 The Galaxy Tab S2 is Sam­sung's new­est flag­ship tablet for per­sonal me­dia con­sump­tion, but at a time where the grow­ing le­gions of ph­ablets and 2-in-1 hy­brids are vy­ing for the tablet's niche, you can say it faces some stiff com­pe­ti­tion. Sam­sung's play for your wal­let is a de­sign that's thin­ner and lighter than ever.

Now, there are two sizes for the Tab S2 avail­able: 9.7-inches and 8.0-inches. We'll be re­view­ing the smaller of the two. At just 5.6mm thick, the Tab S2 8.0 shaves a whole mil­lime­ter of its pre­de­ces­sor, the 6.6mm-thick Galaxy Tab S. It is even thin­ner than Ap­ple's iPad mini 4, which mea­sures 6.1mm. The 8-inch slate also weighs just 272g, which means you can slip it into your bag and for­get it's even there.

Its svelte de­sign isn't with­out trade-offs though. Com­pared to the 4,900mAh bat­tery on the 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S, the Tab S2 fea­tures a smaller 4,000mAh juice pack. This means slightly poorer bat­tery life, but still good against com­pe­ti­tion in its size range. The prob­lem, how­ever, is the ab­sence of any form of quick charg­ing. We had to wait around four hours for it to fully recharge – an eternity when you've got­ten used to fastcharg­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The strong­est point of the Tab S2 is prob­a­bly its dis­play. Sam­sung's Su­per AMOLED panel is still as good as they come; col­ors are vi­brant, punchy and bright. The best part is that Sam­sung has ditched the awk­ward 16:10 as­pect ra­tio on the Tab S in fa­vor of a more prac­ti­cal 4:3 screen. That means slightly less pix­els – 2,048 x 1,536 to be ex­act – but the Tab S2 now works much bet­ter with gen­eral pro­duc­tiv­ity tasks.

Our re­view unit came with 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, but those of you who are in the habit of stor­ing your photo and video li­braries on your tablet will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the mi­croSD slot sup­ports up to 128GB of ex­tra stor­age.

When it comes to the sil­i­con pow­er­ing the tablet, it's a bit dis­ap­point­ing to see it us­ing the same Sam­sung Exynos 5433 octa-core pro­ces­sor as 2014's Galaxy Note 4 smart­phone. While it is an upgrade over the Exynos 5420 in the Tab S, we would re­ally have loved to see a more sig­nif­i­cant upgrade in­stead, such as the mighty Exynos 7420.


The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is just 5.6mm thick, thin­ner than even the Ap­ple iPad Mini 4.

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