Today Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy Tab S2 slate in China and this is an important development, since this is the world’s thinnest tablet after all, at 5.6 mm in waistline. Also, we get to learn some details about the tablet we previously didn’t know.

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The product is available in two versions: an 8 inch one and a 9.7 inch one, with a screen ratio of 4:3, Super AMOLED panel and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. WiFi and LTE versions are available, with support for local carriers like China Unicom, China Mobile and more. Inside there’s the octa core Exynos 7433 processor, as well as 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.

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The device comes with an 8 megapixel camera, with F/1.9 aperture, particularly impressive for a tablet, I have to say. A 2.1 MP front camera and a fingerprint scanner are also here. The battery versions are 4000 mAh for the 8 inch unit and 5870 mAh for the 9.7 inch unit. Microsoft Office software comes preinstalled and the OS is Android Lollipop with a split screen feature.

Still waiting on the price tag…

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  • Robert Jasiek

    The most important aspect will be the battery duration when surfing over WLAN at maximal brightness (i.e. outdoors). Unfortunately, it seems that the display is mirroring like an ordinary tablet – nothing like the iPad Air 2’s at least somewhat reduced mirroring. So it the Exynos 7433 (good)? Needless to say, 4:3 is very good. A digitizer does not appear to be an option. Did I say that Windows (on an Atom) would be much better than Android? The prices are said to be EUR 399 (8.0) or 499 (9.7) for 32GB WLAN. Although it is good to have more options for reliable 4:3 or 3:2 tablets, the overall market situation is still very insufficient:

    iPad Air 2: reduced mirroring, high resolution, light – no file manager, no digitizer
    iPad Mini 4 (my guess): reduced mirroring, high resolution, light – no file manager, no digitizer
    Samsung Tab A: optional digitizer, moderate price – low resolution, mirroring, bad OS
    Samsung Tab S2: high resolution, light – mirroring, bad OS, no digitizer
    HP Tablet 608 (when available with Windows 10): file manager, high resolution, light, digitizer – still unclear if mirroring – somewhat expensive, only <8" available
    Surface 3: file manager, high resolution, digitizer – mirroring, somewhat heavy, sharp edges, battery replacement destroys tablet, somewhat expensive

    In particular, the combination of 4:3 / 3:2, reduced mirroring and file manager for the ideal productive outdoor tablet still does not exist (unless the HP Tablet 608 will have reduced mirroring).