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Samsung on Monday announced a next-generation Galaxy tablet to take on Apple’s iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab S2, driven by Android 5.0 Lollipop, is even thinner than Apple’s device: it measures an impressive 5.6mm thin and includes Samsung’s exceptionally bright and vivid Super AMOLED display in 7.9 and eight-inch flavors.

Regardless of the screen size, the new Tab S matches the resolution of full-size iPads at 2,048-by-1,536 pixels though last year’s Tab S came outfitted with a sharper 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution displays.

The device is powered by an eight-core Exynos 5433 chip with 3GB of RAM, the same processor found inside Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 4 phablet.

The Exynos 5433 is actually comprised of four cores clocked at 1.9GHz that perform all the number crunching and an additional four CPU cores clocked at 1.3GHz, which are used for light tasks to conserve power.

Speaking of power, the Galaxy Tab S2 has a 5,870mAh battery.

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In addition to being ultra-slim, the new Samsung tablet is 169mm wide and 237.3mm tall versus the iPad Air 2’s 169.5mm x 240mm dimensions. The Wi-Fi edition weighs only 389 grams, or 0.56 ounces, which is lighter than the Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 at 437 grams.

The LTE edition of the Tab S2 is 392 grams, or 0.85 ounces, versus 444 grams for the Wi-Fi + Cellular edition of the iPad Air 2. The sensor-laden device packs in the GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, in addition to hall and RGB sensors and a fingerprint reader integrated into the Home button.

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As far as imaging goes, the new Tab has a rear-facing camera at eight megapixels and a 2.1-megapixel shooter out the front—again, just like the iPad Air 2. The device is available in two storage tiers—32GB and 64GB—but users can take advantage of a microSD card slot to increase storage to up to 128 gigabytes.

Connectivity features include built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, the latest Bluetooth 4.1 that Apple currently uses only in the new iPod touch and 2G/3G/4G LTE cellular connectivity.

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Lastly, a slightly bigger eight-inch edition of the Tab S2 is available as well.

Both 7.9 and eight-inch editions have displays with 4:3 aspect ratio that promise to “recreate the viewing experience of browsing through traditional print media.”

The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s flagship tablet series engineered to compete directly with iPads and challenge Apple’s industrial design and these new devices showcase Samsung’s best consumer tablets yet.

Both new Tabs will be in stores in August, with yet-to-be-determined pricing.

And what’s your verdict on these new Tabs?

Are they better than the iPad Air, do you think?

Source: Samsung

  • TechLove

    Samsung is finally catching up with the ipads.

    • Benedict

      You really should read the article..

  • Nush

    Ugly piece of technology imo

    • M_Hawke

      LOL, how? Not much difference with an iPad.

  • This Guy

    A 7.9″ AND 8″ tablet? The Galaxy lines of products are out of hand.

    • Benedict

      The sizes in the article are not correct.

    • Maxim∑

      2048×1536 of course!

  • Chang in Charge

    Looks great. I think the one area that Apple products always outshine the competition is how it looks as far as branding. Apple just sticks the simple Apple Logo on the products while the competition has to add whatever their company name is logo to the products which doesn’t look nearly as good. Otherwise this year Samsung is definitely catching up.

  • Seriously; it’s not going to run Android Material on there? That’s surely a little crazy, no?!

    Also, looks a lot like the iPad; don’t think they’ve learnt from the past!

    • askep3

      Samsungs always trying to fit in their shitty OS on there to lg things up, I hope they did the same thing as the s6 and reduced the amount of bloat ware.

      • Amazing that Google isn’t pushing all new devices to run M.

      • In the case of Samsung I genuinely believe their going to go the way of Amazon and fork Android. The amount of stuff they add and customise it only makes sense that they’ll eventually forget Google and do their own thing.

    • Benedict

      M will not be released before this one comes out.

      • Interesting that they’re not even showing any sign of support for that OS though – even with the fingerprint sensor tech.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Never Samsung never!

  • nyangejr

    It’s great, just lacks the AppStore

  • Svs

    “The device is powered by an eight-core Exynos 5433 chip with 3GB of RAM, the same processor found inside Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 4 phablet”
    Last year processor?Really Samsung?at least put the s5 processor in it

    • Christopher

      Sorry to break it to you… Note 4 and S5 are both very much “last year”. The latest is S6. But who cares, I’ll stick with the A8.

  • They released an 8-inch tablet and 9.7-inch tablet, not a 7.9-inch.

    • Elias Chao

      This makes way more sense that way.

  • Lordrootman

    I think the argument is what’s is inside not outside
    How is optimized for the software responsiveness and performance
    All this tablet looks great from outside but not inside

    • smtp25

      agreed Android devices just seem slow – even when they throw 8 cores + GB’s of ram at it.

      • Manuel Molina

        Touchwiz just wasn’t designed to run smooth like a nexus phone. Touchwiz in general is not designed where it uses the specs it has without still having some lag or freezes up here and there. Some people have it and some don’t. I know for me, with as much specs as android throws in there phones, 3 GB of ram still isn’t uses right where it prevents the battery longer and makes apps not lag. The cores added, even overclocked, still have some lag. And overclocking the device hurts the battery, underclocking makes it slow… Point is that android’s software isn’t good. Never was no matter how much specs they threw in to rid the problems they had and continue to have after all these years.

  • James G

    I’m sorry, why a difference between 7.9″ and 8″ display? Is that even discernible to customers?

    • coLin

      “They released an 8-inch tablet and 9.7-inch tablet, not a 7.9-inch” Joel Torres

      • James G

        Must have been a typo that was fixed in the post.

  • leart

    monkey see monkey do

    • Benedict

      …do better.

      • leart

        of course, clones are always better

  • Gary T

    So let me get this straight… when Apple releases a new product it’s often slammed for not being revolutionary. When Samsung releases a new product it merely has to better an Apple product that is months old? Furthermore, why are we comparing an Android device and an iOS device yet not mentioning the software? If we compare two Android tablets then yes, all that matters are hardware differences but in this case, unless the Samsung tablet can run the iOS apps I’ve already paid for, it would take a lot more than these minor differences for me to make the switch.

    • smtp25

      agreed, they can do what they lile with the hardware but the OS still sucks (in my opinon), coupled with the lack lustre app store and the apps with in. (I have a iPad3,Air and Galaxy S4, Lenovo Yoga andriod tablet)

      • Manuel Molina

        Agree. Their OS is lack. Same problems, more specs.

  • L J

    Looks like an iPad imo

  • Hengky Tandyo

    If only it uses ios as software

  • Manuel Molina

    Have to say, it sounds like a beast and does a lot more with ram, battery, being able to completely multitask. Also, the fact that it has a good screen and cameras says a lot. But will it sell? That’s a tough one.

  • Gary LE

    Is 7.9 vs 8 inch screen a big difference?

    • Alejandro Delgado

      of course not, but it’s 8 and 9.7 actually, article got it wrong

  • ravinigga

    But they can never beats iPads apps


    Would love something like this or even nvidia shield gaming tablet, but now that I have a 6plus I can’t really justify carrying another device around for a couple inches of screen size.

  • iPhoneWINS

    no thanks

  • Dante Arellano

    Who cares that shitte i even use my ipad