Last year, Samsung redefined how many pixels it's possible to cram into 10 inches with the Galaxy Tab S. This year, it’s back with a thinner and lighter sequel.
The Tab S2 will come in two sizes, just like the tablet it’s replacing: a smaller 8-inch model, and the full-size 9.7-inch version (a tad smaller than the 10.5-inch screen on the original Tab S). The screen was the main selling-point on the first Tab S, and things are looking similar this time around: 2048x1536 Super AMOLED, which will hopefully translate to another jaw-droppingly-good display.
Under the hood, things are more or less what you’d expect: octa-core processor, with one quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz, and one at 1.3GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal memory, and a microSD slot for expansion. Software-wise, you can expect the not-quite-latest 5.0 version of Android, with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin on top.
Aside from the run-of-the-mill specs upgrade, there’s two real pieces of news: a thinner, lighter metal build (the Tab S didn’t exactly have a beer belly, though), and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.
Both sizes will have Wi-Fi and LTE options, launching for an undisclosed price sometime in August. [Samsung]