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Benchmarks reveal Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 upgrades; MWC announcement likely

Benchmarks reveal Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 upgrades; MWC announcement likely
Towards the end of last month, Zauba listings revealed a couple of new Samsung tablets, leading to suggestions that the Galaxy Tab S3 could soon be in the offing. Now, the two supposed additions to the Tab S series have popped up on Geekbench and GFXBench, pointing to a possible Mobile World Congress unveiling alongside the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones. 

The Galaxy Tab S2 is available with 8.0 and 9.7-inch displays -- a trend that seems likely to continue through the next generation if the recent benchmark findings are to be believed. The larger, 9.7-inch Samsung slate (SM-T819) has been outed via GFXBench, and looks set to include a 1536 x 2048 display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz and Adreno 510 graphics. Elsewhere, there's likely to be 3 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 2-megapixel effort for selfies. The GXFBench database also shows the device running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which one would expect of any new, higher-end device being released by Sammy. 

Benchmarks reveal Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 upgrades; MWC announcement likely
Samsung SM-T819 on GFXBench

The 8-inch model (SM-T719) looks set to be furnished with the same processor and graphics, and should also pack 3 gigs of RAM. As with the larger variant, it's not shaping up to be too dissimilar to its predecessor, suggesting that Samsung is planning a low-key refresh. Therefore, while a MWC unveiling seems probable, the so-called 'S3' duo may instead carry the 'Galaxy Tab S2 (2016)' moniker, or something else to that effect. 

Benchmarks reveal Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 upgrades; MWC announcement likely
Samsung SM-T719 on Geekbench

In our reviews the Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch gave decent accounts of themselves, both attaining a solid 8/10 rating. Given this, it would seem that Samsung isn't going overboard with improvements. Here's hoping that the niggling issues we discovered, such as the poor speaker and weak brightness output aren't overlooked with the 2016 models. 

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:07 1

1. Techist (Posts: 227; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Those Geekbench benchmark scores place it slightly ahead of the Exynos 7420 (1341 single core and 4507 multi core). Not bad at all! I might just upgrade to the Tab S3 8.0, even though I prefer the Tab S 8.4 form factor which was a significant reason I passed on the Tab S2.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:44 4

3. SenorThrottles (Posts: 264; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


My Galaxy S6 usually scores about 5000 in geekbench

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:45

4. SenorThrottles (Posts: 264; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


*on geekbench

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:47 1

6. abdoualgeria (Posts: 311; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


my meizu pro 5 gets 5500 ;)

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:54

26. r31gn0fdarkn3ss (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


about the same on my note 5

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 00:15

32. Krjal (Posts: 230; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I wouldn't mind a performance upgrade but I'll be sticking with my 8.4. The screen ratio is just much more useful for me.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:22 3

2. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


My coworker just got a Tab S2. Man those things are thin and light. It's thinner than my Note 5. Pretty cool.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:45 1

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 311; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


going from 20nm soc to a 28nm one

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:05 4

7. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


28nm and a weak gpu...

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:13

18. UglyFrank (Posts: 1583; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


It beats the iPad Air 1 :)

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:16 3

8. vliang86 (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


iPad Air 2 still beats it!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:54

9. Diezparda (Posts: 845; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Still using iPad 4 & i'm not planning to upgrade anytime soon. Still works great & since i rarely using it the battery standy time is awesome, i only need to charge the device every 3 weeks / 1 month. I'm not Apple fans but sure iPad was the best for multimedia purposes.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:06 5

10. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Samsung, for once in your life put a proper SoC inside a premium Tablet! SD652's Adreno 510 on a 1536p display is guaranteed a mediocre experience at best. Even an Exynos 7420 isn't enough with bloated tablet-optimised Touchwiz.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 20:11

27. hung2900 (Posts: 949; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


The reason is pretty simple. The Tab S2 is cheaper (or much cheaper with the 8.0 one) than thr S6, but the cost to produce is much higher.

Samsung just want to keep the gross profit in check, so they recude the hardware inside.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 07:21

38. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


This is why I will never buy a Samsung tablet, the internals are s**t.

Pixel C is the only Android tablet worth owning.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:18 5

11. Coconut00 (Posts: 464; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Samsung should use a flagship SoC for their tablets. Like the Exynos 8890 or the Snapdragon 820.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:48 1

16. jalebi2000 (Posts: 176; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Samsung should use a 8890x or pro which would be similar except more gpu more cores and maybe higher clocks. I'd love it if they would make one thin device with these specs and Then make a note 2016
10 inch with 8890 and like mp14. The note could be a thick powerful tablet that could easily own the performance crown

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:15

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1583; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The iPad Pro would still be more powerful in everything except maybe multicore.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:30

21. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Not if it came with the MP16 and clocked at 2.5Ghz, A72.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:51 1

24. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2142; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


If you are clocking the GPU with 16 cores at 2.5GHz on a 28nm process, you could cook a burrito on it in 30 seconds just by turning the tablet on. The Exynos 7420 GPU is clocked in the 700MHz range on the S6.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 20:36

29. kamejoko (Posts: 192; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


samsung never do it on tablet. ss and other android oem only use weak, old date, cheap cpu for tablet. final all tablet of android have lag, weak, slow. if want buy tablet, must buy ipad. don't buy any galaxy tab with old date and weak cpu with price sky.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 07:19 2

36. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


even the sd810 had a better gpu

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:25 2

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 858; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Bring back a 8 inch tablet with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. Need one for media consumption on my lunch breaks. I have a Air 2 for other needs.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:36 1

13. BradyCrack (Posts: 502; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Air 3 will wreck this thing

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 18:58

17. yonith (Posts: 143; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I was originally going to upgrade from the Air to the Air 3 but after seeing all this nonsense about a flash and 4 speakers, I can't see it being any lighter than the Air. I refuse to upgrade my tablet unless it's for something lighter and more powerful. Maybe the Nexus 9 (2016) will be what I'm looking for.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:33 1

22. BradyCrack (Posts: 502; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Really? Wouldn't the 4 speakers make the device lighter? Well they'd probably get rid of a lot of the battery space to even make room for the new speakers? I think apple should of put just two iPad pro speakers on the air 3 instead of four. Wastes to much battery space and gives even less reason the buy the iPad pro.
The flash I see no problem with, means better camera specs does it not? Heard rumours of a 13MP camera

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 07:26 1

39. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


The iPad Air 2 wrecks this thing. :

The iPad Air 3 will piss all over it

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:43

14. UglyFrank (Posts: 1583; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I was waiting for a new Samsung tab but I may aswell get a K1, Z4 or Pixel C at this rate.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 07:21

37. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i highly recommend the z4. its pretty awesome

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:45

15. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


I guess I still won't be buying a Samsung tablet once again

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:28 1

20. Mreveryphone (Posts: 418; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I have the tab s2 and these things fly. They don't need those beefy chips. Samsung has optimized the software to run fine on the current chipset and I'm sure they'll run fine on the next iteration.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 14:05

43. Techist (Posts: 227; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Even the original Tab S's (10.5 and 8.4 from mid-2014) perform just fine with the Exynos 5420 and Snapdragon 800 processors respectively. Hence my assertion that with the upgraded processors they can only get better.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:47 2

23. ebfields (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


I am actually still very happy with my original Galaxy Tab S 10.5. I've been through Note 10.1 and Note 10.1 (2014) plus others and I'm quite satisfied with my Tab S. Screen is perfect for movies, beautiful display and very good battery life. Thanks for the new tabs Samsung but these new ones don't give me enough incentive to want to upgrade. I think I'll hold onto my Tab S a little while longer.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 20:39 2

30. kamejoko (Posts: 192; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


and tabs 10.5 have better movie experience than ratio screen 4:3 on tab s2. and have cheap price now. apr 250 usd have the new one.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 02:13

34. surethom (Posts: 606; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Totally agree I want an upgrade to my tab s 10.5 but stupid Samsung only released 16gb model in up. I want a 32gb version in UK.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:50

41. Techist (Posts: 227; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Agree with that. I am constantly having to free up space on my Tab S 10.5 just to update apps. My Note 4 came with 32gb and I have never had the same issue with it. On that basis, I have decided I will never buy a 16gb device again, even if it is expandable.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:57

42. Techist (Posts: 227; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Other than the small 16gb device storage, I too am very happy with my Tab S 10.5. Even after 1.5 years of ownership I still marvel at the display, and am very satisfied with the battery life. But being a geeky type I can't help wanting something with upgraded internals. That said, however, I won't find myself strongly wanting one unless it has 32gb or more of storage (expandable) AND a Tegra X1, Exynos 8890 or SD 820 processor.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:53

25. trqster (Posts: 95; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Disappointing '16 specs.... Sony will probably put out the best Android tablet this year.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 20:27 4

28. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Samsung making junk tablets again.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 07:27

40. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Can't disagree, they are junk.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 22:17

31. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


After Exynos 5433 that's a downgrade.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 02:11

33. surethom (Posts: 606; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


No no Samsung 9.7 is too small & square we want an update to your tab s 10.5" which u only released 16gb model in UK.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 06:54

35. MDave (Posts: 115; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Just a minor refresh then. Samsung is going to need to come up with something better with the Tab S3 if if they want me to upgrade from my current Tab S.

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