South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics today announced the Galaxy Tab S2, a tablet the company said is the most immersive Samsung tablet yet made. The new Galaxy tablet, which will be released next month, comes with a Super AMOLED display and is contained within the thinnest (5.6mm) and lightest (about 9 ounces to 14 ounces, depending on the model) metal frame of its size.
Samsung said the Super AMOLED display with 2,048x1,536 resolution makes the Galaxy Tab S2 perfectly designed for reading and consuming content, including e-books, magazines, Web pages and newsfeeds without unnecessary scrolling.
Greater Color Detail
The tablet also boasts deeper contrast and more precise color detail, delivering 94 percent of natural tones to show realistic colors according to the Adobe RGB color standard. The tablet’s adaptive display technology auto-adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the user’s environment.
"The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever, it also gives users quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features," said JK Shin, CEO and president of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Division.
The tablet comes pre-loaded with anti-malware protection software, a fingerprint scanner, and a Microsoft Office Solutions suite that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S2 runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and an octa-core (1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz) processor. It also comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front shooter, 3 GB RAM and a 5,870mAh battery.
Borrowing a selling point from the upcoming iOS 9 split-screen feature for the iPad, the new Samsung tablet has the dual-app Pop-Up Window feature that lets users jump between multiple applications at once.
The new tablet is being touted in some quarters as Samsung’s most earnest attempt yet to beat the Apple iPad at its own game by competing in features and form factor, seeing as how it’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad Air 2. But we reached out to Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, who told us comparisons between the two products probably won’t flatter Samsung.
"The notion of an iPad killer is flawed in that no single product has been able to take the wind out of Apple’s sails [when it comes to] phones or tablets," said Moorhead. "Apple has this strength because of their level of quality, consistency and ability to draft off of their iPhone and iOS ecosystem. This is good competition for Apple, but I don’t see any ‘killer’ features that Samsung is delivering here."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will be released in August in both 9.7-inch and 8-inch models with Wi-Fi-only and LTE options. The tablet will come with either 32 GB or 64 GB, with a microSD card slot for expanding storage up to 128 GB. Also, the Tab S2 is compatible with Samsung's Book Cover Keyboard.