COM­ING SOON: Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S 2

Sam­sung's high-end iPad-ri­valling Tab S tablets are due a re­fresh any day now

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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.

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