Samsung’s mid-range tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2, can now be pre-ordered in the US starting Wednesday, according to reports. The tablet comes in two different variants – an 8-inch model and a 9.7-inch model. Both the variants will be available for purchase from September 3rd at ‘select retailers’ as well as on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular. While Verizon will stock the white version of the device, the black version will be available on the other carriers mentioned above. There will also apparently be a Wi-Fi-only variant, which will be available in gold (color). Reports have also suggested that Samsung is looking to make the tablets available from Amazon and at Best Buy as part of trade-in deals, whereby $100 would be knocked off of the retail price of the device, if customers were to turn in a ‘qualifying tablet’ in exchange for a brand new Galaxy Tab S2.
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As a quick reminder about the tablets, the devices (8-inch and 9.7-inch variants) come with almost identical hardware for the most part, with the only differences lying in the screen size and battery power. Otherwise, both devices, which come with 4:3 aspect ratios, feature Super AMOLED displays with 2048 x 1536 resolution. Each device is powered by an Exynos 5433 processor, which is designed in-house by Samsung. The chip contains an integrated octa-core CPU, with four cores running at a frequency of 1.9 GHz, while four other cores run at a slightly lower clock speed of 1.3 GHz. Coming to the amount of RAM and ROM present in the Galaxy Tab S2 devices, there’s 3 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, depending on the variant. Both devices also come with microSD card slots for capacity expansion.
As for connectivity options, both devices come with support for LTE, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot. The tabs also support Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS along with a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data syncing. As for the cameras, both the variants come with 8-megapixel cameras on the rear and a 2.1-megapixel cameras on the front. The batteries however, come in different sizes, so while the larger device is blessed with a hefty 5,870 mAh battery, the smaller tablet has to be content with a comparatively more modest 4,000 mAh unit. Last, but definitely not the least, coming to the pricing, the Wi-Fi-only versions will be available at $399.99 for the 8-inch model and $499.99 for the 9.7-inch version. The final retail pricing for the LTE versions are not immediately available, but sections of the media seem to indicate they’ll cost around $100 over and above the Wi-Fi-only versions.