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High-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 pictured, could become the world's thinnest tablet

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High-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 pictured, could become the world's thinnest tablet
According to recent rumors, Samsung is about to announce two new high-end Android tablets that will succeed last year's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The new slates will probably be called Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7.

We already saw a few renders that allegedly showed the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (model number SM-T815), and now it's time to take a look at the Tab S2 8.0 (model number SM-T715).

Approved today by China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (also known as TENAA), the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 sports an 8-inch AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighs 260 grams, and measures 198.2 x 134.5 x 5.4 mm. At just 5.4 mm, the Tab S2 8.0 should become the world's thinnest tablet, but we'll just have to wait for Samsung to officially announce the device before giving it this title.

The S2 8.0 runs Android Lollipop, and is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz (most likely, this is an Exynos 7420). Other features include LTE, 3 GB of RAM, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, and expandable internal memory (starting at 16 GB).

You can take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 in the slideshow below. In case you don't think the tablet is too attractive, we can tell you from our experience that virtually all devices photographed by TENAA look worse than in reality.


source: TENAA (translated)

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posted on 02 Jun 2015, 19:50 6

1. Clars123 (Posts: 612; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


No flash?...(sigh)

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 19:54 8

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Really? Is that your question?

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:04 4

4. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Previous models have flash, this iPad-looking tablet is a downgrade. Compare the specs, its really the same specs the predecessors have.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 23:26 3

21. QuadKore (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2015)


Yes wtf isn't this supposed to be an upgrade? It's the same specs as my original Tab S 8.4 except for the processor and missing flash! And since I'm running Samsung's official Lollipop update, the only difference in using the 2 tablets really is the screen ratio... otherwise, its the exact same experience!

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 12:08

35. Clars123 (Posts: 612; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


The original Tab S had flash..why do you think they removed it?

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:31

9. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Sarcasm?

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 22:00 1

13. waddup121 (unregistered)


5.4mm...oh gawd

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 22:06 4

14. torr310 (Posts: 791; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


thinner isn't better.... 8mm is good enough!

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 23:20 3

19. QuadKore (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2015)


Yea wtf? I'm typing this right now on the original Tab S 8.4 and it has a flash on it!
The Tab S2 doesn't even seem to be much of an upgrade over the Tab S...if all the specs listed here are true, the only upgrade is the processor really. The RAM, front/rear cameras, etc are all the same as the current Tab S. And I'm running the official Samsung Lollipop update ( I'm in the US but flashed the Korean update a while ago ) so the only difference would be the screen ratio.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 23:21

20. QuadKore (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2015)


Yea wtf? I'm typing this right now on the original Tab S 8.4 and it has a flash on it!
The Tab S2 doesn't even seem to be much of an upgrade over the Tab S...if all the specs listed here are true, the only upgrade is the processor really. The RAM, front/rear cameras, etc are all the same as the current Tab S. And I'm running the official Samsung Lollipop update ( I'm in the US but flashed the Korean update a while ago ) so the only difference would be the screen ratio.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 05:44

33. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Yeah it's true. They just downgraded the specs if this is true. I was planning to buy this tab s 8.4 but i chose galaxy note 4. I'm still interested in buying it again if i have the money but the the thing is, is the battery of tab s 8.4 better compared to other tablets? I didn't buy it for i read a lot of complains about it's battery life.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 19:58 7

3. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8839; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Guess I better go get Mr Tab S 10.5 while I can.
Sorry Samsung. If I wanted an iPad I would buy one.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:15 7

5. JMartin22 (Posts: 1937; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


If they kept it at a still-reasonable 8.5mm of thickness, they would have had room for the LED flash component and probably a much more generous battery capacity. Seriously, what's wrong with these companies?

It's like they're on a downward spiral on a trend that the market seriously isn't harking over that badly. If there really needs to be products that are 7mm or less in thickness, then give time for the technical components to advance more so we can include stuff instead of get rid of it, and have better battery life, instead of shortening it or having it comparable.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:17

6. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


I agree

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:22

7. realjjj (Posts: 362; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


The SoC is the Exynos 5433http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/2057161?baseline=2695149
Note the other Samsung SoC in the link too, they made an octa A53.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 21:30

11. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Doesn't match up. This one is running 1.9 Ghz, the Geekbench one is running at 1.3 Ghz.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 01:33

25. realjjj (Posts: 362; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Those are the A53 cores at 1.3GHz ofc.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 20:29 4

8. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


If this tablet doesn't have a micro SD card slot, then they're pulling an Apple again. This would suck banana balls as an Android tablet.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 21:42 2

12. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Maybe they're going after the Nexus way of Android. But that's Nexus, it's not meant to be a consumer focused device. Samsung won't listen to consumers as they are the ones who bring Samsung to the top, now they're acting as Dbags.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 22:25 2

16. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)


What are you guys talking about, it does have a micro SD slot. You can clearly see it next to the SIM slot on the right side of the device.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 00:58 1

23. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


PA didn't post it but TENAA did indicate it support external memory up to 128GB.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 21:05 3

10. pyradark (Posts: 827; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


But not the lightest, waterproof and longer battery life like sony

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 22:23

15. ChunkDiesel072014 (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


Why didn't they just design it after the Galaxy S6 and Edge? Make a Galaxy S 8.0 an 8 inch galaxy S6 with dual speakers in front 7500mah battery s pen 2k display same fingerprint scanner give it the same cameras and even calling capabilities. Would be amazing.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 22:44

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am waiting to pull the trigger on the 9.7 as long as it matches the quality of the GS6 and is 64 bit. The Exynos 5433 would be disappointing but apparently is still is 64 bit despite the Note 4 using 32 bit software.

posted on 02 Jun 2015, 23:16

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


That actually looks like a blown up Nexus 5 from those pics. Either way, I am sure it will look fine and I am getting the 9.7 over this one for sure.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 00:10 1

22. sma249 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jun 2015)


1536 x 2048 in tab s2 8.0 VS 1600 x 2560 pixels tab s 8.4
WTF samsung , this is not the way to upgrade.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 01:15

24. MartinR (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Peopele make pictures with Tablets?? Really?? You look like an fool when you do that!

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 01:53

26. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)


How long will the battery last is the real question.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 02:07

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am guessing a pretty damn long time. Lower resolution, technically, and a much bigger battery than the GS6. So unless it doesn't throttle whatsoever and has a special gaming GPU that keeps every game at 60fps I am guessing the battery life should be pretty impressive.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 02:11

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


Single speaker above the logo? :S

Also, these were though to have a metal design. In that case, why are the two holes in the back still needed for cases? Also, no flash?

I'm unconvinced this is the Tab S2.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 03:13

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


What a mediocre tablet. No way I'd give up my tab s 8.4 for this. The screen ratio alone strikes it off my list but at least they could've had some meaningful upgrades to offset that problem.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 04:31

30. Totse2k15 (Posts: 451; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


If this fail me, I will wait for the 10.5" Tab S price to drop down and buy it. Always wanted that tablet.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 04:37

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Just trying to go against the ipad line,would be better if they include a flash.and hope it doesn't Easley bend .

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 05:34

32. Moose (Posts: 246; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


I loved the Tab S 8.4, nicest tablet I ever owned except for battery life which was just average but got worse after using it for a year so I sold it. Wouldn't buy any new tablet with under 6000 mAh battery.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 08:39

34. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I want note 8.0

posted on 05 Jun 2015, 18:55

36. DanEE (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


The FCC just put up the approval for the SMT715. It lists the clock speed at 2.1 GHz. This should be the 64bit, Exynos 7420, 14 nanometer process,as the 20 nano 32bit tops out at 1.9 GHz. There are also two versions of the 9.7". The SMT815 lists a clock speed of 1.9GHz, The SMT817Y lists the clock at 2.1GHz. All show a microSD card in the tests.

posted on 05 Jun 2015, 22:48

37. DanEE (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


Correction: The SMT817Y should read SMT817V. It was certified 5/27. The SMT815 was certified 6/2.

posted on 06 Jun 2015, 01:16

38. DanEE (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


After further review I had the clocks backwards on the 9.7", the SMT815 is 2.1 GHZ, The SMT817V is 1.9.
All the tests used a S6 USB cable. Sorry, no USB-C.
Other differences are the 715 and the 815 both state HDMI, no MHL, the 817V is only MHL. The description from a test report for the 715 "GSM850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA FDD1/2/4/5/8, LTE FDD1/2/3/4/5/7/8/17/20/28, LTE TDD40 and incorporate a camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, ANT+, HDMI and MP3/MP4 player" The 817V covers LTE bands 2/3/5/7/13.

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