As we near the expected release of the Galaxy Tab S2 speculation, rumors, and leaks regarding Samsung's upcoming flagship tablet have reached a feverish pitch. Since we first heard the device was being developed in early February we have seen leaked benchmark results indicating its specs, its purported dimensions, and connectivity options via WiFi and Bluetooth certification; the only aspect of the device we hadn't received any hints about was its design. On May 10th reputable leaker OnLeaks rectified our ignorance by posting an alleged image of the front of the device on Twitter, which suggested Samsung will be bringing the design language that debuted on the Galaxy S6 over to the Galaxy Tab S. Merely two days later OnLeaks has surfaced more renders that give us a complete look at the front, back, and every side of the device.
Before we get wrapped up in our analysis of these renders we must point out that the images OnLeaks has posted are not official photos that have been leaked. They are 3D renders of the device constructed using "genuine schematic maps" by reliable inside sources. That being said there may be minor differences between these renders and the actual final product. With that out of the way let's get down to business.
The image of the front of the device contained in the new post is the same as the one we saw a couple of days ago (see gallery below). The important takeaway from the image is that the device features a metal frame with chamfered edges that is very similar to the Galaxy S6, however, noticeably less rounded, which should help when handling the much larger device. On the right hand side of the device we find a power button at the very top, followed by a volume rocker, microphone, and two slots for presumably a SIM card and micro SD card. Moving on to the second and third image (see gallery below) we finally get a glimpse of the rear of the device. Based on these renders the Galaxy Tab S2 will most likely don a glass panel on its back, much like the Galaxy S6. However, it is difficult to tell what material the panel is actually made out of, though it is definitely not metal and resembles the unibody of the Galaxy S6, making glass the most likely candidate.
Another interesting design choice also supports the idea the panel is made out of glass. The metal frame appears to wrap around the longest edges of the device such that it covers part of the back panel. If the back panel is indeed made out of glass it would be much more prone to cracking than the smaller Galaxy S6 because as you widen the surface area of a glass panel you reduce its structural integrity. Having the metal frame wrap around the longest edges, where the glass is weakest, would help protect the glass panel and provide it with structural support. We previously expressed concerns regarding the devices durability if it were to sport the same glass panel as the Galaxy S6. Although it appears Samsung is adopting this feature from the Galaxy S6 the redesigned metal frame should increase the devices durability and longevity, not to mention make it easier to hold.
Last but not least the very bottom of the device. Here we find a micro USB port, headphone jack and two speaker grills at either end. The dual speakers grills, though bottom firing, suggest the device will support stereo sound, which is a nice addition. There is a slight possibility the port on the bottom is USB-C as the render isn't very clear, however, it is more than likely a standard micro USB port, which is good in a sense because you can use old cables you have lying around, but we would much prefer to have the latest USB-C standard in the long run. If the device does not include USB-C this would be the only real let down from what we have seen so far; oh, and bottom firing speakers, front facers would have been a nice addition.
Before we get back to our lives let's review what is expected of the Galaxy Tab S2. On the specs side the device is rumored to rock the latest Exynos 7 processing package, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable onboard storage, an 8 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front camera, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, and an 8 or 9.7 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED panel. The tablet will also measure between an unnervingly 5.5mm and 5.9mm in terms of thickness, edging out the Dell Venue 8 7000 for the title of the world's thinnest said. All told, the aforementioned specs and renders certainly paint an interesting and compelling picture of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2. Although none of the information we have received thus far has been officially teased or confirmed by Samsung we sincerely hope all that we expect from this device comes to light. Seeing as the Galaxy Tab S2 is rumored to be announced in June, exactly one year after the original Galaxy Tab S, we should only have to wait another month until we finally have official information regarding this seemingly beastly and beautiful tablet. That being said, it couldn't come soon enough.