COMING SOON: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2
Samsung's high-end iPad-rivalling Tab S tablets are due a refresh any day now
Successors to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 tablets have leaked as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8in and 9.7in. Here's everything we know.
When is the Tab S 2 coming out?
According to Sammobile the Galaxy Tab S 2 8in and 9.7in will be released in the UK in June. The new Tabs will also go on sale worldwide, including the US, Canada, European markets, China, Latin America, Hong Kong, Korea and India.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line-up are high-end tablets that are firmly pitched as Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 rivals. We reckon we'll see the same
again in 2015, which means prices starting at £319 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8in and £399 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7in.
What to expect from the Tab S 2
Sammobile has leaked specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 8in and 9.7in tablets, which use the model numbers SM-T710 and SM-T810 respectively. The leaked image at the top of the previous page also shows the Tab S 2 looking like a larger version of the Galaxy A5 phone. However, the leaker says the Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 will be inspired by the Galaxy S6 and will be around 5.8-5.9mm thick.
The tablets will be very similar to each other, with the main difference being a new metal frame and their screen size. While both screens have been slightly reduced over the 8.4- and 10.5in of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, they have also switched to a 4:3 aspect ratio and the resolution has been reduced from 2560x1600 pixels to 2048x1536 pixels. The reduction in screen size means the drop in pixel density isn't as great as you might expect, and you're unlikely to notice the difference between the old (359ppi) and new (320ppi) compact Tab S, and old (288ppi) and new (264ppi) large-screen Tab S. As before, they will use Super AMOLED panels.
Inside Sammobile says you'll find a Samsung Exynos 5433 processor (although this may be upgraded to the Exynos 7420 before the Tab S 2's release, given that the tablets will run Android Lollipop and therefore support 64-bit processing). There will also be 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (plus up to 128GB via microSD).
A tablet with the model name SM-T815, which is likely the cellular version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7in, has shown up in the GFXBench 3 database. According to the information held there, the processor is a 1.9GHz octa-core model using an ARM Mali-T760 MP6 GPU.
Cat 6 LTE connectivity is rumoured to feature (we expect this will be optional, adding around £100 to the price), and there will be 3580- and 5870mAH batteries on the small and large models respectively. Both tablets will feature an 8Mp camera at the rear and 2.1Mp at the front.
The new Samsung tablets are slimmer and lighter than their Apple rivals, with the Tab S 2 8in measuring 198.2x134.5x5.4mm and weighing 260g, and the larger Tab S 2 9.7in measuring 237.1x168.8x5.4mm and weighing 407g. By comparison, the 331g iPad mini 3 and 437g iPad Air 2 are 7.5- and 6.1mm thick respectively.