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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 release date leaks

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Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S was a hit with reviewers, so it comes as no surprise that there’s a sequel in the works.

According to Sammobile, the South Korean tech giant has four different versions of the tablet in the works.

What’s more, the report claims the devices will be announced in June, although it doesn’t offer details on how the information has been sourced.

The original Galaxy Tab S was launched in June 2014, so it would make sense for Samsung to follow suit exactly one year later.

There will purportedly be two core variants of the Tab S – the Tab S2 9.7 and the Tab S2 8.0, the numbers relating to screen size.

Both of these units will also ship in two further variants, namely Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus LTE.

The report goes on to detail how the new Tab S will feature a 4:3 aspect ratio display, and will be thinner than Apple’s iPad Air.

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Earlier reports suggest that the Galaxy Tab S will be built from ‘premium material’, which is most likely metal.

It also looks set to carry Samsung’s flagship 64-bit Exynos chipset, as well as 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD slot to boost the capacity further.

It will run on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop straight out of the box, and will offer LTE Cat. 6 connectivity, which can handle a theoretical maximum download speed of 300Mbps.

Snapping potential comes courtesy of an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2.1-megapixel rear-facing shooter.

The 8-inch device will have dimensions of 198.2 x 134.5 x 5.4mm according to rumours, while the 9.7-inch model will measure 237.1 x 168.8 x 5.4mm.

The weights are 260g and 407g respectively – the iPad Air 2 weighs 437g, so both are lighter.

Would you buy Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 over the iPad Air 2? Let us know in the comments.

shnatiw

May 5, 2015, 1:10 pm

I bought the iPad Air when it first came out as a replacement for an old macbook. What seemed like a good idea at the time never really worked out. I sold it after a couple of months and bought a Macbook Air instead. Until tablets like the Tab S2 and Air 2 can fully replace ultra books then they are only of use as lightweight multimedia accessories. Now, the Surface Pro 3 (and upcoming 4) is a different proposition and something that I would consider. Even the iPad Pro if it has specs and capabilities close to the surface range, which I doubt.

Matthew Bunton

May 5, 2015, 1:21 pm

The trouble is the IPad pro is just a larger IPad it will offer no more functionality or productivity than the original. Tablets are mainly as you said for media consumption your still better of with a small Ultrabook or Macbook if you want to do more.

Personally I would go for the Dell 13" 2015 over the Microsoft surface there isn't much in the price either.

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