Samsung has recently launched the second generation in the flagship series of its tablets, the ‘Samsung Tab S2 9.7. The tablet is launched alongside a compact 8-inch version. The Korean manufacturer aims to take on the flagship tablet from Apple, the ‘iPad Air 2’. At 5.6-mm thin and 368 grams, this is the lightest and sleekest tablet in its class, beating the already sleek Apple iPad Air 2. Let’s have a closer look at the tablet.
Cool Design and Slim Profile
One look at the tablet and you instantly know that’s it’s a part of the Samsung family. With the physical home button that double up as fingerprint scanner, and two capacitive touch buttons place on either side of the home button, this tab is one of the coolest high-end premium choices in the market.
The design has changed a bit this time than the previous Galaxy tab S thanks to a change in the screen aspect ratio. The company has abandoned the 16:9 ratios and the tab now comes with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which now seems the standard with newly launched tablets.
The overall build quality of the tablet is good, you get a metallic band surrounding the tab, but the back is plastic. So it sort of feels as a mix between the previous generation and new generation of Samsung flagship smartphones, in terms of design.
On the front, the user has the 2.1MP camera some sensors and Samsung branding on the top of the 9.7 inch Super AMOLED screen. Below the screen, you have the physical home button, which doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint scanner introduced for the first time in a tablet by Samsung has the same responsiveness as has been seen in the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge. On either side of the home button, you get the capacitive touch keys, namely Back and Action key. The top and left sides of the device are left bare. On the bottom, you have the 3.5 mm audio jack, a micro USB port and dual speaker grills. On the left, you get the Power button, Volume rocker, a slot for the Micro SD card and a Slot for the Nano SIM since this is a 4G LTE-enabled tablet.
In terms of color variant, the Tab is available in three color options namely, White, Black, and Gold.
Super AMOLED 1536P Display
The tab features a 9.7 inch Super AMOLED display with 1536×2048 pixels and a 264 PPI pixel density. These are impressive specs, while not the first time we have seen them, but this is what one should expect from premium tablets. And, definitely the screen looks brilliant. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch movies and videos on the device.
Dual Quad Core Samsung processor for lag-free Performance
The Galaxy Tab S2 is powered by Samsung own 64-bit Exynos 5433 Octa-Core chipset with 1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 CPU and 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU along with 3GB RAM. The GPU is Mali-T760. We have already seen this chipset in action in the Galaxy Note 4 and so one can be sure of the performance. Although it won’t be as powerful as the new Exynos 7420 chipset found in the Galaxy S6, S6 edge and the Note 5. But nonetheless this is one snappy device and won’t give you any noticeable lags.
The Tab S2 runs the latest version of TouchWiz UX on top of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. While last year’s Galaxy Tab S featured the User Interface customized for tabs, this year it the same UI found in the company Smartphones bloated up for a big screen. But the UI is fairly responsive and lighter compared to previous versions of the TouchWiz. Split screen multitasking has better controls and feels a pleasure to use on the big screen. The Tab supports up to five active applications where some can be minimized and kept as shortcuts on any home screen for quick access.
Auto Focus 8MP Primary and 2.1 MP Video calling Camera
The Tab S2 features an 8MP primary camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The Primary camera has no LED flash. Probably the company believes that people click more images with their smartphones rather than tablets. And, they are actually right.
8MP sensor might sound as a low spec, but the camera is fairly powerful. It can record 1440P videos at 30 frames per second. The images clicked are bright and rich in color. The 2.1MP camera is also good for Selfies and video calling.
Mammoth Battery Power
The tab features a 5870mAh battery to power the device. It will give you Up to 12 hours (multimedia) (2G) / Up to 30 hours (3G) Talk time. At full charge and full brightness a 1080p video on loop plays out for more than 10 hours till the battery dies out, which is a great time.
- Single SIM and Voice Calling Features
- Huge Processor power
- 3GB RAM
- MicroSD card support up to 128 GB
- Super Screen Wide display
- 8MP Powerful camera
- 5870 mAh lithium Polymer battery
- 3G, Indian 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi
- Fingerprint sensor
- High price tag
- Average front camera
- Non-removable battery
Final verdict about Samsung S2 Tab LTE
Samsung is definitely trying to compete with Apple here in the premiums tablets segment. The company has managed to create a good looking device that is lighter and sleeker than the iPad Air2. While it raises an eyebrow as to why the company decided not to use the most powerful chipset at its disposal, but the tab works flawlessly. Overall this is a great piece of device and worthy of competing with Apple.
|OS||Android v5.0 (Lollipop)|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.9 GHz + Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Chipset: Exynos 5 Octa 5433, Mali-T760 MP6|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, 128GB MicroSD card Support|
|Screen||9.7 inch, 1536 × 2048 Pixels, 264 PPI, Super Amoled|
|Camera||8MP(P), 2.1P(F), Auto Focus, Digital Zoom|
|Battery||5870 mAH, Li-ion, Non-removable|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, BT 4.0, 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB 2.0, Voice Calling|
|Body||392 g [W], 5.6 mm [Th]|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint ID, Gyroscope, Hall, RGBW|