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Samsung announces a very iPad-like Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung has announced two variants of the Galaxy Tab S2, a strikingly iPad-like tablet. It will come in 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants and is both slimmer and squarer than last year’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets. Here's what we know so far.

In a departure from the its tablet tradition, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 comes in a 4:3 display ratio, not 16:9, bringing it closer in appearance to the Apple iPad. Samsung said that it has the "thinnest and lightest metal tablet frame of its size" at just 5.6 mm thick and 389 g (9.7-inch models) and 265 g (8.0-inch model) in weight.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. / © Samsung

The tablet’s Super AMOLED display houses a 2048 x 1536 (QXGA) resolution, with an octa-core processor (Quad 1.9 GHz + Quad 1.3 GHz) and 3 GB of RAM. As for the other Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 specs, the devices will launch with an 8 MP rear and 2.1 MP front camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The battery capacities are smaller than last year’s models at 5,870 mAh and 4,000 mAh for the 9.7-inch and 8-inch model respectively, but with the lower resolution they are unlikely to require as much power. 

There's no information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 price just yet, but it is scheduled for release sometime in August. 

Let us know your thoughts on the Galaxy Tab S2 in the comments below. 


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  • I have the Tab S2 9.7 LTE and love it except I have a 32gb one but cannot transfer Google photos and music to sd card, I found out how to make camera change storage to sd card but most apps won't let you change storage and I have hardly any storage left and my gallery photos are now gone, and can't work out how to find them.

  • We knew all this months ago. Just had to scour the internet.
    That being said, this is a disappointing descent for Samsung.
    I would hope they release an 'Edge' model.

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