Samsung has just announced its new Galaxy Tab S2, an Android tablet in two sizes. It’s also just 5.6 mm thick, 0.6 mm less than the iPad Air 2 (though you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference).
The Galaxy Tab S2 is available in 9.7-inch (39 grams) or 8-inch (265 grams) sizes, with a 2,048 x 1,536 super AMOLED display. The larger model is the same size as the iPad Air 2 which launched in October last year, and it has the same resolution but weighs 46 grams less.
Galaxy Tab S2 now available
The new models have an 8-core CPU – that’s four 1.9 GHz cores and four 1.3 GHz cores), along with 3 GB of RAM and either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. There’s also a microSD slot for an additional 128 GB.
The whole thing is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. There’s a fingerprint reader to unlock and secure the device, and Samsung has also added its own software that allows multi-tasking and pop up windows to easily switch between apps.
The specs are fairly impressive on the whole, and it will be interesting to see if Samsung can make any dent on the iPad.
Both sizes of the new Galaxy S2 tablet will be available worldwide in August, with Wi-Fi or W-Fi and 4G. Samsung hasn’t yet said how much they’ll cost, however…