The Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's Next Flagship Tablet

By Chris Mills on at

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]