When it debuted last summer, the Galaxy Tab S was Samsung’s first tablet with an OLED display, and it includes a range of other high-end features as well. Early reports on its replacement have started to leak out — here’s what this cutting-edge Android model is expected to offer.
This company recently introduced the Galaxy Tab A series, which uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than 16:10 that is more typical of Android tablets. The Galaxy Tab S2’s AMOLED screen will use this same ratio, according to an unconfirmed report from SamMobile, and will have a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have the exact same same aspect ratio and resolution, but include traditional LED displays.
Samsung offers the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. The company is allegedly planning to also offer the Tab S2 in two sizes, but these will be smaller: 9.7 inches and 8.0 inches, both at the same screen resolution previously mentioned. If the 8.0-inch version turns out to actually be 7.9 inches instead, then these displays will be the same size as the ones in Apple’s full- and mid-size tablets.
The unconfirmed report indicates that Samsung will introduce 4G LTE-enabled versions of the Tab S2 in both screen sizes. Apple does the same with its tablets.
This upcoming Samsung model will reportedly have a metal casing, as Apple uses with its iPads. The 9.7-inch version will be 9.3 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches (237.1 × 168.8 × 5.4 mm), while the 8.0-inch one will be 7.8 x 5.3 0.2 inches (198.2 × 134.5 × 5.4 mm). If correct, it will be thinner than its predecessor… thinner than an iPad Air 2, as well.
The Tab S2 is expected to debut with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop running on a 64-bit Samsung Exynos processor with 3GB RAM. There will supposedly be 32GB of internal storage capacity and a microSD slot to add more.
If the rumors are correct, the upcoming device will have a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2.1-megapixel front-facing one.
All the versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 are allegedly going to be unveiled next month, and will be introduced in the U.S., Canada, Europe, India, China, Latin America, Hong Kong, and Korea.
There is no word yet on pricing, but the original model is a premium device, with the mid-size version going for $400 and the larger one selling at $500. Their successors are likely to be in the same range.