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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 vs iPad Air 2 – Top Specs and Best Prices Comparison

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In the past months, we’ve seen all kinds of leaks about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, which was officially announced on July 20, and now that we know all of its specs, we can compare it with other products. We chose to compare it with Apple’s iPad Air 2, which was launched in September 2014.

Designs

Samsung has made some improvements to the aspect of this tablet, changing its aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3 and now the Tab S2 has a similar shape to Google’s Nexus 9 and iPad. The new model is extremely thin at 5.6mm and very light at 392grams, its back is made of plastic (white or black colors) that is wrapped in an aluminum frame that covers the edges. The front panel features the popular home screen button which houses the fingerprint sensor from the Galaxy S6, which will work perfectly with Android M and will allow making purchases.

The iPad Air 2 has a usual aluminum body which is available in silver, gold and space gray. The TouchID is in its place, hidden inside the rounded home button, allowing making payments through Apple Pay. The tablet is a bit thicker at 6.1mm and it weights 437grams for the WiFi variant or 444grams for the 3G/LTE variant.

Displays

There’s not much to talk about their screens, because they have the same size of 9.7 inches, resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels and pixel density of 264 ppi. The only difference is related to the technology that was used to create them, and, as normal, Samsung integrated a Super AMOLED panel which delivers vibrant colors and a very good contrast. The iPad 2, on the other hand, has a LED-backlit IPS LCD display with cooler tones and its surface is protected with scratch-resistant glass.

Hardware

Samsung worked a lot on the 64bit Exynos 7 Octa 5433 chipset to make it very powerful and power efficient. The device is powered by a combination of two quad core processors, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.9GHz, which are backed by Mali-T760 MP6 graphics and 3GB of RAM.

The iPad Air 2 is using a new Apple A8X chipset that is powered by a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and has 2GB of RAM.

Luckily, Samsung hasn’t decided to remove the slot for expanding the internal memory, so you’ll get up to 128GB from 32GB/64GB. The iPad Air 2 has the standard memory options of 16, 64 and 128GB, which can’t be expanded.

Cameras

The main cameras of both tablets have the same resolution of 8MP, but they lack LED flash and can’t be used during the night. The front camera from the Tab S2 is 2.1MP, being slightly better than the 1.2MP frontal shooter from the Air 2.

Batteries

The Tab S2 houses a battery of 5,870 mAh and for now it isn’t known how much it lasts. The Air comes with a much larger battery of 7,340 mAh that should provide ten hours of multimedia usage.

Prices

The WiFi variant of the Tab S2 costs 540 dollars, while the Wi-Fi / LTE model is priced at 616 dollars. The iPad Air is cheaper at 499 dollars, but we’re referring to the WiFi model with 16GB of storage. The variant with WiFi, LTE and 128GB of storage is priced at 829 dollars.