Thinking of buying a tablet but not into the whole Apple world and want something to go with your Galaxy or Note handset? Samsung has a tablet designed to be used anywhere, and it’ll be here very, very shortly.
Announced back in July, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 is on its way to Australia, as the company’s local guy on all things Samsung Mobile stated that the tablet was about to arrive, heading to stores on September 15.
“The Galaxy Tab S2 offers a high performance tablet with sleek style. Its stunningly bright and vivid super AMOLED screen, combined with outstanding performance, and long battery life are delivered in a thin, light and stylish design,” said Prasad Gokhale (above), Vice President for IT & Mobile at Samsung Electronics Australia.
“We’ve had great success last year with the Galaxy Tab S and we’re very excited to bring the Galaxy Tab S2 to Australians.”
That number two probably gives it away that this is a follow-up to last year’s Tab S, a model that didn’t arrive with a number at all, but what you need to know between the two tablets is that they are entirely different.
For instance, last year’s Tab S relied on Samsung’s oft used 16:10 aspect ratio, a wider format that made movies look the way they were supposed to be without any black bars on the top or bottom, and this has been the way most Android tablets have gone for years.
This year, Samsung has made a change, moving to the screen aspect ratio used by Apple’s iPad, with 4:3 employed and an identical screen resolution of 2048×1536, producing 264 pixels per inch, lower than that of last year’s Tab S.
A change in screen design has also led to a change in overall design, and there’s no textured plastic back here, though the body has reduced in size and weight, jumping from 467 grams to 392, and even shedding a good millimetre in thickness from 6.6mm down to 5.6mm.
Thickness — or lack thereof — is one of the areas Samsung is pushing, as is performance, with Samsung calling this the “most powerful Galaxy tablet yet”, offering an eight-cord processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and the ability to expand on the storage with a microSD slot, something that has been removed from all of the flagship smartphones this year, much to the grumbles by many a customer out there.
Wireless connectivity is offered through 802.11ac dual-band, with LTE variants of the tablet also being made available, allowing you to plug in a nanoSIM card and surf the web when you’re on the go.
Mobile models with LTE support will also come with something that’s a bit of a surprise: phone support.