After pretty much covering all its bases in the smartphone market with new Galaxy S, A and J releases, plus vital software makeovers for practically every flagship model launched in the past two years, Samsung appears to have instantly turned its attention to tablets, with both major Marshmallow updates and small hardware renovations.
Hot on the heels of the 9.7-inch Tab S2, the 8-inch variant is reportedly receiving over-the-air Android 6.0 goodies in select European markets, starting with the UK. But we’re not talking any carrier-locked, region-specific, LTE-enabled configurations, so it shouldn’t take long until the UI revision reaches the entire old continent, as well as Asia and North America.
Stateside, this Wi-Fi-only SM-T710 flavor of the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is currently sold for $300 through Samsung’s official website and third-party retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, which is finally starting to seem a fair price to ask with Marshmallow soon to be added to the equation.
The octa-core Exynos 5433 processor will behave like never before once the slate is brought up to date software-wise, and the 4,000 mAh battery is to last longer than you previously thought possible, courtesy of Doze Mode and App Standby energy optimizations.
Then you have various security enhancements to look forward to, spot-on Google Now on Tap answers to all your questions, customizable app permissions, improved productivity, connectivity and, overall, smoother, faster operations, with an OS capable of taking full advantage of the 3GB RAM onboard, the ultra-high-res Super AMOLED screen, and 8 and 2MP cameras.