The newest Android-powered iPad “killer” is available in 8 and 9.7-inch flavors, with the latter also slated to provide 4G LTE connectivity on all big four US carriers, plus US Cellular soon.
Samsung didn’t manage to pull off a turnaround for its next-gen premium tablets as impressive as the one of the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ phones, but Tab S2 shipments will begin roughly a month and a half after the 8/9.7-inch duo’s formal introduction.
Namely, on September 3, which is not that bad and follows up on a week of pre-orders. Coated in black, white or gold, the Wi-Fi pads cost $399.99 with a smaller screen and battery in tow, or $499.99 as far as the direct challenger to iPad Air 2’s throne is concerned.
It’s needless to highlight the two Lollipop-powered devices are virtually identical in every aspect besides size, delivering phenomenal 2,048 x 1,536 display resolution, octa-core Exynos 5433 processing power, and 3GB random-access memory.
Also, 8 MP photography muscle, 2.1 MP selfie prowess, microSD support and 5,870 and 4,000 mAh juice respectively. Forged out of robust metal, the two somehow succeed in capturing the collective title of Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet.
The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 tips the scales at 265 grams, and measures 5.6 mm in depth, while the larger Tab S2 9.7 configuration is just as slim, adding only 124 grams to the total weight. Standard internal storage space sits at a comfortable 32GB, despite the existence of easy expansion capabilities, and before long, the black S2 9.7 will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile with LTE speeds, whereas the white cellular-enabled 9.7 incher is exclusively headed to Verizon.
No words on specific release dates and pricing yet on the high-speed network front, but we’d expect a nationwide spread by the end of September at $600 or so.