While Samsung used to make a pretty big fuss about every “new” phone or tablet it announced until not long ago, even those gadgets that practically aped their predecessors through and through, we’ve recently started to see a novel sense of humility yielding low-key introductions of minor upgrades like the Galaxy Tab A (2016).
As such, we wouldn’t be altogether shocked to hear very little from Samsung prior to the commercial launch of a couple of repackaged Galaxy Tab S2 configurations. These are already up for pre-orders in Germany, at an e-tailer called Cyberport, and though we can’t be certain of the seller’s credibility, its intel seems to fit with info previously revealed in benchmarks.
Without beating it around the bush, the “new” generation of Tab S-series devices is identical to the “old” duo, save for the pre-loaded OS iteration and processors running the hardware show.
Whereas T710 and T715 Tab S2 8.0 models and T810/T815 Tab S2 9.7 variants featured Android 5.0 Lollipop out the box, as well as Exynos 5433 power, upgraded T719 and T813/T819 configs appear to haul 6.0 Marshmallow goodies, plus Snapdragon 652 processing muscle.
Literally everything else stays the same, so it’s no wonder the marginally improved pads are still dubbed Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7. The million-dollar question is do they justify their €450 and up European price tags? Specifically, a revised 9.7-incher with Wi-Fi-only connectivity should purportedly cost the equivalent of $515, while LTE-enabled 8 and 9.7-inch flavors are slated to set you back €480 ($550) and €550 ($630) respectively.
Remember, you’re getting beautiful 2,048 x 1,536 pix res Super AMOLED screens across the board, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, and 8MP rear cameras.