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This article was published on July 20, 2015

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets are thinner than the latest iPad Air

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets are thinner than the latest iPad Air
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S2, a new Android tablet that’s available in two sizes and is only 5.6mm thick — that’s 0.6mm less than Apple’s iPad Air 2.

The Tab S2 comes in your choice of 9.7-inch (389g/13.7oz) or 8-inch (265g/9.34oz) screen sizes, with a 2048×1536 pixel Super AMOLED display. The larger variant is the same size as the iPad Air 2, which launched last October, and manages to offer the same resolution while weighing 1.6oz (46g) less.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 White

Under the hood, you’ll find an octa-core processor (four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores) paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, depending on the variant you choose. There’s also a microSD slot for an additional 128GB of space.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop device packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel snapper on the front. A fingerprint reader lets you secure and unlock the device with just a touch of the home key, while Samsung’s software layer allows for multi-tasking and pop-up windows for easy switching between apps.

Tab S2 black

Those are some pretty impressive specs and it’ll be interesting to see if Samsung’s new offering can bring the fight to Apple in the tablet space and win.

Both sizes of the Tab S2 will be available globally this August, in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+LTE options. Samsung hasn’t yet said how much they will cost.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab S2, the Essential Tablet for Experiencing Digital Content [Samsung Mobile Press]

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