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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs Galaxy Tab S – Which One Deserves The Crown?

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August is the month when the successor of the Galaxy Tab S tablet will be released worldwide, after it was announced last month. Likewise the first model, the Tab S2 will be available in two screen variants, but of different sizes, and we’ve noticed many changes on the inside. So, if you’re curious what was changed from one generation to another and if it’s for the better or for the worse, read this article and you’ll decide if it’s worth buying the new Galaxy Tab S2.

Design

The first model came with the annoying dotted pattern from the Galaxy S5 smartphone, and had the edges protected with a silver plastic frame which received complaints from the users, because it’s peeling off. The Tab S came in two variants of sizes, and the smaller one measures 212.8×125.6×6.6mm and weights 298grams, while the bigger one has the same thickness, but it’s much taller at 247.3 and wider at 177.3, and has a weight of 467grams.

The Galaxy Tab S2 feels more premium with the metallic frame, and although the back is made of plastic, Samsung decided to make it simple and it doesn’t look cheap at all. Plus, the tablet is slimmer than any other Galaxy device, measuring only 5.6mm, and the small variant measures 198.6 x 134.8mm with two variants of weights: 265grams for the WiFi model and 272grams for the LTE model. The bigger Tab S2 measures 237.3x169mm and it’s also available in a WiFi model that weights 389grams, and the LTE model is 3grams heavier.

In addition, both tablets come with a fingerprint sensor which was included for security purposes.

Displays

Samsung has perfected its screen technology (Super AMOLED) and now it’s included on every new device, so both tablets use this type of screen, which is famous for delivering vibrant images. The smaller Tab S features an 8.4inches screen with a resolution of 1600×2560 pixels at 359 ppi, while the larger screen measures 10.5inches and supports 2560×1600 pixels at 288 ppi.

The Tab S2 has an 8inches screen that supports 1536×2048 pixels at 320 ppi, and the other variant is packed with a 9.7inches screen with a resolution of 1536×2048 pixels at 264 ppi.

This means that the newer tablet has a sharper display and which moved from an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10 to 4:3, which has been used on iPads and other tablets. What does this mean? When you’re reading ebooks in portrait mode, you will find it more natural than when you were reading in landscape mode, but when you’re watching movies in landscape, you’re bothered by the wide bars from the top and bottom of the screen.

Hardware

The original Tab S came with two variants of processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core clocked at 2.3GHz and Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa core with two quad core processors clocked at 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz. However, both have 3GB of RAM and two storage options of 16 and 32GB, which support expansion up to 128GB.

The successor uses an Exynos 533 octa core processor for of its variants, and it consists of a pair of two quad core processors clocked at 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz, which are backed by 3GB of RAM. The tablet still provides a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB, but the two internal memory options are 32 and 64GB.

Cameras

The resolutions of the cameras have remained the same: 8MP on the back and 2.1MP on the front, but Samsung made the mistake to eliminate the LED flash from the newer tablet.

Batteries

The Tab S has a battery of 4900 mAh for the 8.4inches variant and a 7900 mAh battery that powers up the 10.5inches variant. The smaller variant of the Tab S2 is kept alive by a 4000 mAh battery, while the 9.7inches variant houses a 5870 mAh battery.