Updated: Samsung announces new Galaxy Tab S II in two variants

If you thought you didn't need any more tablets to choose from, Samsung has announced two variants of its new Galaxy Tab S2 tablet.

With thinness and lightness becoming the most obvious marketing tools for phone and tablet makers, Samsung now claims that the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models are the thinnest in the world in their categories at just 5.6mm.

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S at a media event in New York in two screen sizes - 8.4in and 10.5in - and both with resolutions of 2560 x 1600. A 100,000:1 contrast ratio meant deeper and more realistic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter.

Galaxy Tab S released last year


Featuring 4:3 aspect ratio, both the new variants, weighing at 256 grams and 389 grams respectively, also feature Super AMOLED display with 2048 x 1536 resolution. They can also display 94 per cent natural tones to keep the overall look as realistic as possible.

Samsung has introduced an Adaptive Display feature with the new tablets which will read an application, the colour temperature of the viewing environment as well as ambient lighting to adjust gamma, saturation and sharpness of the display.

The tablets are also equipped with a 'Reading Mode' which will automatically adjust brightness levels so that you can read content for longer periods than you actually do.


In terms of innards, the devices will run on Android's Lollipop OS and will feature a 3GB RAM, internal storage options of 32GB and 64GB, a Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz octa-core processor, a 8MP primary camera and a 2.1MP front camera.

An additional microSD slot can help you add up to 128GB of storage along with a free OneDrive subscription that you can use to store up to 100GB on the cloud for two years. Both variants will be available in WiFi and WiFi/LTE options once made available.

Additionally, the 9.7 inch and 8-inch models will hold 5,870mAh and 4,000mAh batteries respectively.

Going by the revolutionary upgrades to be offered by iOS 9 to iPads, Samsung doesn't wish to be left behind by introducing fingerprint sensors and the ability of the Tab S2 to run two apps on the screen at the same time.

While pricing, colour options are yet to be revealed, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S2 variants will be available globally come August.

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