Last year Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S line of premium tablets with high-res Super AMOLED displays and other premium specs.

Now it looks like the company could be getting ready to launch updated models. Several leaks suggest Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets are on the way.

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The first leak pretty muc confirms that there’s something called the Galaxy Tab S2 in the works. As SamMobile reports, an update to one of the Hancom Office apps that ships with Samsung devices includes a “what’s new” section that mentions support for the Galaxy Tab S2.

Meanwhile @OnLeaks has posted a purported image of a 9.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 on Twitter.

All other details are just rumors at this point, but SamMobile’s sources say the Tab S2 will come in two sizes. One model will have an 8 inch screen while the other will have a 9.7 inch display. Both will have 3GB of RAM and 802.11ac WiFi (just like last year’s models), and 8MP rear and 2.1MP front-facing cameras (just like last year’s models).

So what’s new? It sounds like this year’s smaller model will have an 8 inch screen instead of an 8.4 inch display and the larger model will have a 9.7 inch screen rather than 10.5 inches. Both Galaxy Tab S2 models are expected to feature a the latest Samsung Exynos 64-bit processor and 2048 x 1536 pixel displays (rather than the 2560 x 1600 pixel screens used in last year’s models). That means the Galaxy Tab S2 lineup would have screens with 4:3 aspect ratios rather than 16:10.

That should make the new tablets a lot more powerful than Samsung’s other new tablets: the Samsung Galaxy Tab A series.

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18 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 premium tablets show up in leaks”

  1. A 4:3 screen on an android tablet. Are pigs flying or has it dawned on samsung that 4:3 is really the only screen format for a tablet. (Unless you are solely using it for film watching.)
    I always use my ipad in portrait mode and being able to get a decent android or windows in that form factor really interests me as I find iOS a little… design over function.

  2. Slightly lower screen res (prob unnoticeable) & Exynos 7420/22 SoC, along with Cat 6 LTE (wifi ac is a given) ‘ALL-UP’ =’s “GREATER RESPONSIVITY” – soundz like a performance upgrade on my Tab pro 8.4; I guess I’d like Mali 800 series graphics, So letz w8 for a real-world review BUT I’m guessing u can sign me up for that deal,……; QMAMBO13

  3. Wow, Samsung just keeps going after the productivity/business market and leaving the saturated infotainment market to their cheapo products. First they dump the infotainment aspect ratio, a smart move. Let’s hope the “S2” means “S-Pen too.”

    1. No S-Pen, they have to hold something back for the Galaxy Tab Note refresh.

  4. Sounds more like an S-minus than an S2. Maybe the chips are better (??) but everything else looks like a step backward.
    I was really hoping they’d stick with the 10.5″ screens.

  5. Wish samsung would start doing windows tablets again. Android is so utilitarian, even with flashy specs.

      1. ? You might have your OS preference, but the only thing that doesn’t make sense is your comment. I have a windows and android tablet, and they each have their strengths.

        1. I wanted to love Windows on a tablet, I have a dual boot windows/android tablet. I pretty much never use the Windows. It’s still really a desktop OS.

          1. 8 and 8.1 were lousy desktop OS’s. They were pretty poor tablet OS’s too but there was some utility there. Here’s hoping Windows 10 will be a half decent and have a nice tablet mode skin glued on top for tablets only. 🙂

  6. “2048 x 1536 pixel displays (just like last year’s models)”
    That’s not true since last year they didn’t went with the stupid 4:3AR.

    1. Whoops, I got that wrong. Actually last year they went with 2560 x 1600 (16:9), while the new models are said to be 2048 x 1536 (4:3). I’ve updated the article.

        1. Yeah, that’s what I meant to say (and did say in the article). I blame lack of caffeine for the original inaccuracy 🙂

    2. 16:9 / 16:10 aspect ratios are fine if you’re just watching movies in landscape orientation all the time but are super awkward when trying to read anything in portrait orientation. See also: the 3:2 screen on the Surface Pro 3, which is designed for productivity.

      1. lol that’s utter nonsense.and you should realize that 3:2 is 16:10.66 so it’s just a small difference vs 16:10, it looks like it’s more because the Surface has thick bezels all around.
        At the same time the Surface is made to be used in landscape , unlike Android and ipads and because of that the change in AR makes a bit more sense.
        If you check the AR for books, you’ll see that 16:10 fits smaller books much better than 4:3. A paperback and many hardbacks are 216x135mm and that’s 16:10. Comics are also very close to 16:10.
        In games there is an advantage too. In movies the active display area is hugely bigger vs 4;3.
        Most websites do better on thin screens since even the desktop versions are made for 16:9 phones. Split screen multitasking is also less cramped on 16:10 in portrait at least.
        What does make 16:10 tablets look a bit too tall is the OEMs lack of work on shrinking the upper and lower bezels but that’s not the format’s fault.
        16:10 is also much easier to cup with one hand.
        The center of gravity can be a factor in actual usage but that can be optimized in design, if the tab maker cares enough.
        For very big tabs and convertibles one can make the case that a format more similar to an A4 sheet of paper is something the users are comfortable with and in landscape better with a keyboard. Although to be fair most desktop monitors are 16:9 nowadays so even in landscape people are more used to such an AR.

        Edit: to better understand how small the difference is between 16:10 and 3:2 , look at Surface 3 vs Nexus 7 second gen screen res (number of pixels, actual size is not the subject). The Surface 3 is 1920×1280 and the Nexus is 1920×1200 so just 6.66% wider. 4:3 would be 1920×1440 so 20% wider than 16:10.

      2. Yep. That’s why Samsung has designed all their large tablets as landscape tablets in the past, this and the Tab A being the first 10″ ones that are comfortable to use in portrait. I really welcome the change, 16:10 is a terrible format for large tablets.

      3. Different ppl have different preferences, that’s it. The idea that squarer screens means “productivity” is unsupported by any evidence. Laptops are typically wide-screen and people aren’t using them just for movies (if at all). On a desktop I’m more productive with dual monitors which is very wide-screen, and I’d rather that than a single but squarer/taller monitor – it was only annoying when wide-screen on a monitor meant that I was losing space.

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