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.
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.
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.