Samsung has launched a new generation of high-end Android tablets which is a clear competitor to Apple's iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in two display sizes, 8 and 9.7 inches, and at 5.6mm is a touch thinner than the Apple competitor. At 389g for the large version and 265g for the smaller model the new Samsungs are very lightweight as well.

Apart from the screen size and battery capacity (5,870 mAh for the S2 9.7 and 4,000 mAh for the S2 8.0) the two new models come with identical specifications. The Super AMOLED displays have a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels and Android 5.0 is powered by an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. 32GB of storage are expandable via a microSD slot.

For image capture the Galaxy S2 tablets offer an 8MP camera on the back and a 2.1MP front unit for self-portraits and video chats. A fingerprint sensor allows for quick and secure unlocking of the device and as previous Samsung devices the new tablets are capable of multi-tasking. The new models will be available globally from August and consumers will have the choice between Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+LTE versions. There is no word on pricing yet.

Key Specifications:

  • 9.68-inch / 8-inch 2048x1536 QXGA Super AMOLED display 
  • Octa-core processor (1.9 GHz Quad-Core + 1.3 GHz Quad-Core)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD support up to 128GB
  • Android 5.0
  • 5,870 mAh (S2 9.7) / 4,000 mAh (S2 8.0)
  • 1440p (QHD) video recording 
  • 2160p (UHD) video playback
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2.1MP front camera