We at techENT very fondly remember the Samsung Galaxy Tab S as one of the best Android tablets that money could buy. With its beautiful Full HD screen, smooth sailing processor, and the latest and greatest of Android it is one of those ‘must-have’ devices of its time. That is not to say that it is not desirable now though; it is still highly sought after. However the device is a little bit, there is no other way to say this, old. To be honest we were expecting more variations of the tablet to be released by Samsung as well but that did not happen. Although still a performer the device is already a year old. It would not be surprising then if Samsung decides to reveal a replacement model at this time of the year.
Just very recently Samsung did just that. Last year we have a 10.1-inches and 8.4-inches tablet with a screen aspect ratio of 16:10. This year they are changing to a 4:3, similar to an Apple iPad as they figured that that was friendlier to users who uses the tablet to read rather than watch movies or other forms of videos. This year though they downsized their tablet to 8.0-inches and 9.7-inches. Those sizes are closely similar to the Apple iPad as well. With the smaller screen the resolution also has been bumped down from Quad HD to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. This comes actually as quite a surprise to us as it is quite uncharacteristic of Samsung to downsize the resolutions or size of their screens. They still do get Samsung’s very pretty Super AMOLED. In fact the new Super AMOLED that is fitted on the Tab S2 will be able to adapt its lighting levels to suit reading conditions to allow for more eye comfort and extended reading. Not only they are smaller they are 1.0mm thinner than the older tablets and also 10-percent lighter.
The processor powering the device is an Exynos running at 1.9/1.3Ghz though there are no mentions on which Exynos will be powering the device. Paired with a 3GB RAM it should still run like a butter. It will have a larger built in storage space at 64GB or you can opt for a 32GB variant of it. Of course if that still is not enough for you it is expandable via the MicroSD slot up to 128GB. It does however pack smaller batteries than the old Tab S at 4,000mAh for the 8.0-inches version while the 9.7-inches version packs a 5,870mAh battery. The back of the device will have an 8-megapixel shooter while up front it will carry a 2-megapixel camera. Those are actually nothing to shout about. The device will ship with the latest and greatest of Android’s Lollipop, of course there is TouchWiz that comes with it.
The spec sheet of this upcoming device actually does not look as impressive as it should be. Even if you compare it side by side with the older Galaxy Tab S it may not even stand out or look like an improvement with lower resolutions and smaller size. However specs only tell half of the story of a device. We would not be able to tell how the tablet will rack up until it is actually released. Whatever it is, we are all still pretty excited about this tablet. The release of the tablet, according to reports, should be around next month. Are you as excited as we are? If you are do stay tuned and watch this space for updates on the device.