Samsung’s iPad killer is here: Galaxy Tab S2 announced
The reports were spot on; as we expected it to happen, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab S2, a possible Android-powered iPad killer. The tablet (or tablets, as there are two screen sizes) were subject to a massive leak over the weekend, but now that the announcement has been made, we can finally rely on official spec-sheets, instead of chatter.
There are two models in the Galaxy Tab S2 family: the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch, and the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch. The two fresh slates are identical, except for the screen size (9.7-inch versus 8-inch), physical dimensions (169 x 237.3 x 5.6mm versus 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6mm; 389g (WiFi) versus 265g(WiFi), 392g (LTE) versus 272g(LTE)), and battery size (5,870mAh versus 4,000mAh).
The rest of the specs are shared across the lineup: Super AMOLED panels with 2048×1536 QXGA resolution, octa-core processor (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz), 3GB of RAM, 32- and 64GB storage options (expandable via microSD card with an additional 128GB), eight-megapixel main (rear) camera, 2.1MP front-facer, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, GPS, fingerprint scanner, and the usual suspects, including Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Both slates have WiFi-only and LTE versions, with support for LTE (700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100/ 2600), 3G (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100), and 2G (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) bands.
There is no pricing and exact availability information at the moment, but you should be able to grab one in August, next month.