Samsung’s upcoming flagship tablets, Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 will succeed the company’s Galaxy Tab S lineup when they are officially launched next month. Let us take a look at the differences between the two tablet models to see how far Samsung has come in changing the specifications, size and appearance of Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7.
Galaxy Tab S2: Chipset and Processor
Samsung’s previous flagship tablet models were shipped out in two chipset variants:
- Snapdragon 800 (This chipset was running a quad-core Krait processor at a speed of 2.3 GHz)
- Exynos 5420 (This chipset was running an octa-core processor that comprises up of one quad-core Cortex-A15 running at a speed of 1.9 GHz, and another quad-core Cortex-A7 running at 1.3 GHz)
This year, Samsung will only be releasing one chipset variant of its Galaxy Tab S2 lineup, which will be Exynos 5433. Just to remind you, this is the same chipset that was present in one variant of the company’s Galaxy Note 4 handset. According to AnTuTu benchmarking scores, Exynos 5433 is able to beat Snapdragon 805 In terms of processing capabilities and we all know how capable Snapdragon 805 is.
Despite the impressive chipset that will be present in both tablets, we were disappointed that Samsung did not choose its Exynos 7420, which is the latest chipset built by the company. Regardless of that, we are sure that Samsung had its reasons for taking such a step.
Galaxy Tab S2: Screen sizes and Resolution
Another change that we will immediately point out in both the tablets is the screen size. While Galaxy Tab S models featured screen sizes of 8.4 and 10.5 inches, its successors are going to feature screen sizes of 8.0 and 9.7 inches. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, but tablet users who frequently use large screen tablets as a substitute for their laptops will be disappointed that Samsung has decided to reduce the screen sizes for its upcoming products.
Another area where both tablet models will differ is screen resolution. Previously, Galaxy Tab S models featured a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels, but Galaxy Tab S2 models will be sporting a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. A reduced screen resolution is actually beneficial, because less amounts of pixels being rendered from the display will provide more battery life.
Galaxy Tab S2: Battery capacities and interface
Samsung’s previous tablet models featured the following battery capacities:
- Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4,900 mAh
- Galaxy Tab S 10.5: 7,900 mAh
The upcoming models are going to feature the following battery capacities:
- Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: 4,000 mAh
- Galaxy Tab S2 9.7: 5,780 mAh
While there is only a 900 mAh difference between Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 8.4, the difference between Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is even greater i.e. 2,120 mAh. These are the kinds of differences that will discourage consumers from purchasing the upcoming tablets. While there is a strong reason to be upset, there will still be an advantage of purchasing the Galaxy Tab S2 models. Samsung has always been criticized that its TouchWiz interface consumes too much of the system resources like processor speeds, RAM and internal memory.
However, ever since the introduction of the company’s Galaxy S6 family, the company has introduced a much more refined interface; one that uses less system resources. This interface, when used with Galaxy Tab S2 models will play along nicely with the available system resources and thus, grant more battery life to the user.
After carefully looking at the differences between the two tablet generations, here is what we think. Our immediate impression is that while Galaxy Tab 8.0 and 9.7 will have reduced screen sizes, resolutions and battery capacities; still both tablets will have much more efficient processors, refined interface and an updated Android platform aiding in consuming less resources. All of these perks will grant more speed and battery life to the user.
Galaxy Tab S2 models will be released by next month, and when they do, a more thorough analysis can be dotted down against both the tablets. That being said, stay tuned for more updates from us.