Samsung’s next-generation family of premium Android tablets are inching closer to launch. While the company hasn’t officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 yet, details about the tablet have been leaking for weeks.
Now the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has made appearances at the websites for the FCC and TENAA regulatory agencies for the United States and China, respectively.
A few photos of the tablet were also obtained by French website Nowhere Else.
The documents and photos confirm confirm that a device with the model number SM-T715 appears to be a new 8 inch Samsung tablet with a 2048 x 1536 pixel display. It’s said to weigh about 9.2 ounces and measure 5.4mm (0.21 inches) thick, which would make it one of the thinnest tablets on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8 is expected to feature a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and support for 802.11ac WiFi, with optional support for 4G LTE on some models.
Samsung is also expected to launch a larger version of the S2 with a 9.7 inch display.
There’s still no official word on when the tablets will launch, or how much they’ll cost.
via Mike Cane and @Dave Zatz
Weird how the new trend with a few high end Android tablets is to go 4:3. The Nexus 9, the ZenPad S from Asus, and now the Tab S. What exactly made them decide after all these years ‘against the iPad’ to only now go 4:3 for some high end tablets? 16:9 and 16:10 are still more ideal for me as I mostly use my One Max to watch 1080p video.
Basically productivity in landscape.
Sure. But all of a sudden deciding – OKAY THIS IS WHAT APPLE HAS BEEN DOING AND WE WANT TO SELL MORE TABLETS SO LETS TRY THEIR WAY NOW. Kind of silly.
There’s nothing in that article that explains why 4:3 is more productive. The reason why a nexus 7 has less space is nothing to do with aspect ratio, it’s because it’s smaller! I’m more productive on my 16:9 laptop than any 4:3 android or especially ios tablet.
In and of itself, 4:3 isn’t necessarily more productive. However, that aspect ratio allows for keyboard covers w/trackpads. That is not as workable in a 16:9 form factor.
16:9 on a notebook can be troublesome as many software applications have vertically stacked menu bars that take away from the already limited vertical space. On those devices, things like the inspector in iWork or the properties dialog in LibreOffice help to move those functions horizontally.
As for your productivity, that is not a reflection of the aspect ratio of the screen but the capabilities of the devices themselves. If you said that you were more productive on a 16:9 laptop vs. a 4:3 laptop, that would be more meaningful.
Since different people have different preference, what’s best is to have a choice of aspect ratios, unlike apple where you’re stuck with no choice. But yes it is odd that for years every android tablet seemed to go 16:9 or 16:10, but now we get more choice.
Personally I prefer wide-screen, better for videos, better for productivity.
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