After the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2, the focus immediately went to comparing it to the iPad Air 2. Oh Samsung and Apple, forever going head-to-head. But for good reason. The two mirror each other in many design aspects. Either way, we're excited for the Galaxy Tab S2, which is currently under inspection by the FCC, and could be coming to the market as soon as this month.
With the model name rumored to be “SM-T567V”, the “V” suffix is said to refer to Verizon taking on the Galaxy Tab S2 exclusively as its carrier. It will come in two variants, a 9.7 inch and 8 inch display, with a width of either .22 inches or 5.6 millimeters, respectively, and weight of 13.7 ounces or 389 grams, respectively, according to Vine Report.
The device's display will actually be better than the iPad Air 2, sporting Super AMOLED with High Def, measuring 2048 x 1526 pixels (the iPad Air 2 has the same resolution, but with a personal Retina Display, or IPS, only). The Galaxy Tab S2 is said to feature an Exynos 5433 Octa-Core SoC, with 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, micro SD, 5,870mAh or 4,000 mAh battery, 8MP rear-facer and 2.1MP front facer (Android Authority). The iPad Air 2 differs by offering a smaller 2GB of RAM, and a larger 7,340mAh battery. Obvious disappointments in the Galaxy Tab S2 include no flash in the camera, no IR-blaster, no NFC, or vibration motor in its Wi-Fi. Looks like Samsung is trying to seriously cut some corners when it comes to pricing this thing.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2's 4:3 aspect ratio is slightly wider than other tablets we are used to, also said to make web browsing and reading easier and more enjoyable. Both variants will come running Android 5.1 Lollipop (which is a bit out-of-date already), Microsoft Office Solutions (Word, Excel, etc), as well as Samsung's fingerprint sensor, TouchWix UX. It is up to the consumer to decide whether this is an originally designed upgrade to the Galaxy Tab series, or a mere replication of what has become so popular about Apple's iPad Air 2. Pricing is unknown until the official release, but if we were to rely on our comparison to Apple, we could expect something around the $500 range. Let's hope its a little more affordable since Samsung decided to cut a few corners.
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