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Samsung launches Galaxy Tab S2, its brightest and thinnest tablet ever

Samsung’s flagship tablet to have an incredible screen and slimline body

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S2 as its latest high-spec tablet. The Tab S2 will launch worldwide in August and come with either an 8-inch or 9.7-inch screen. Both screens will run an incredible 2048×1536 Super AMOLED screen that will allow 94 per cent of natural colour tones to be seen. Its predecessor, the Tab S, had a glorious screen as well so we are expecting big things in terms of visuals from the Tab S2.

20It is thinner than its bigger brother at just 5.6mm and the 9.7-inch option will weigh a mere 389g, making it both thinner and lighter than the iPad Air 2.

The 9.7-incher is powered by a 5,870mAh battery, the 8-incher uses a 4,000mAh battery and both run an octa-core Exynos 7 processor that combines a quad-core A57 1.9GHz processor and a quad-core A53 1.3GHz processor, so it should have some power behind it.

Samsung hasn’t upgraded either camera as it still has an 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP on the front, although it is now missing the flash that was present on the Tab S. The storage has been upgraded so you can now get 32GB or 64 GB and that can be extended even further to 128GB with a microSD card.

The rumoured price is pretty high, with the LTE version of the 8-incher coming in at €469 ($508) and 9.7-incher at €569 ($616) so you are paying top dollar for this tablet, that isn’t even full metal and glass, instead employing an aluminium frame and plastic back panel.

Samsung is clearly hoping that the Tab S2 will get the march on Apple, ahead of the anticipated iPad Air 3 and Mini 4 launch in October, and with these specs there seems a good chance of that, although concerns do remain about the materials used and the price-tag.