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First Galaxy Tab S2 Hands-On Images Are Now Available

July 20, 2015 - Written By Diego Macias

We started hearing a lot of information about Samsung’s new flagship tablets this week. They certainly built themselves a good reputation with their last generation of Galaxy Tab S, as they had a well-designed hardware, being some of the thinnest tablets by the time they were launched around a year from now. What really made them different from any other tablet available was the implementation of AMOLED technology on their very high-resolution displays as they produced very vivid and saturated colors and excellent contrast levels. Samsung seems to have learned its lesson about their design choices and they now use more metal in the construction of their high-end devices, so the new generation of those tablets is expected to feature metallic elements instead of being made entirely of plastic.

There was a rumor about the tablets being announced officially tomorrow, July 20th, and since then, we’ve seen the complete list of specs, as well as some officially looking renders and the name of the tablets was even found on the KIES software, so the rumored date of the unveiling was pretty accurate as they have now been officially announced. Sam Mobile reported that they had access to the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets in the Netherlands and they shared their hands-on treatment. As expected, the tablets come in two sizes, one with an 8-inch display and the other one with a 9.7-inch display with the noticeable change of aspect ratio to a 4:3 one, the Super AMOLED panels seem to perform just as good as in the previous generation and the resolution they sport is 2048 x 1536 pixels.

Contrary to what was rumored, the processor that powers the tablets is the one found on the Galaxy Note 4, the in-house build Exynos 5433, instead of the one found on the more recent Galaxy S6, but it is said to perform well enough. On the software side, it’s pretty much what we’ve come to know from the TouchWiz version of the Galaxy S6 and it includes some Microsoft apps and 100 GB of free storage on the cloud-based service OneDrive. The tablets indeed feature a metallic frame, but the back cover is made out of plastic, although the solidity of their construction is being highlighted as well as their thinness. The prices start at €399 for the 8-inch tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity and €469 for the LTE version. The 9.7-inch tablet starts at €499 for the Wi-Fi model and €569 for the LTE version.