Rumor: Next Generation Galaxy Tab S to Sport 4:3 Ratio, Ship in 8 and 9.7-inch Versions



Last year's Galaxy S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 were a great pair of tablets from Samsung and arguably some of the best competition for the likes of the iPad and the Surface that any Android manufacturer produced. This was down to the high-end specs that Samsung loaded up the two tablets with, including 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED displays in both devices and some serious processing horsepower. It's been a little while since we saw Samsung launch a new Android tablet, and word is that the Galaxy Tab S is to be revamped this year with a new pair of tablets, with the interesting decision to change the aspect ratio from 16:10 to the same 4:3 ratio used in the Nexus 9 as well as the iPad.


SamMobile have been passed information that feel confident is fairly genuine that outlines the key specifications that these two new tablets will launch with. Concerning their screen sizes, it sounds like Samsung is to ship 8-inch and 9.7-inch screen sizes this year, putting them in pretty much direct competition with the iPad. These are both rumored to be Super AMOLED displays and feature resolutions of 2048 x 1536, which is used in the Nexus 9. Other information points to an Exynos 5433 onboard, but that's more than likely to change to an Exynos 7420 due to Android 5.0.2 listed onboard and Samsung will more than likely be keen to ship their absolute latest piece of silicon if they can. Battery sizes are rumored to be 3,850 mAh and 5,800 mAh on the 8 and 9.7-inch models, respectively. As for memory and storage, both are said to share 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. 8-megapixel and 2.1-megapixel rear and front-facing cameras appear to be coming along for the ride, as well.

SamMobile even have rumored dimensions for the devices which are said to be 198.2—134.5—5.4mm for the 8-inch and 237.1—168.8—5.4mm for the 9.7-inch and weights of 260g and 407g, respectively. Furthermore, it's said that these two tablets will ship with metallic frames in a Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 style and should launch later this year. There's no telling whether or not these rumors are true of course, but SamMobile have proven to be a reliable source in the past, but it's still best to take all this with a grain of salt.

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