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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Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
  • Display 8.0" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5870 mAh

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43 Comments

1. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

3. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

My Galaxy S6 usually scores about 5000 in geekbench

4. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

*on geekbench

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

my meizu pro 5 gets 5500 ;)

26. r31gn0fdarkn3ss

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

about the same on my note 5

32. Krjal

Posts: 401; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

going from 20nm soc to a 28nm one

7. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

28nm and a weak gpu...

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It beats the iPad Air 1 :)

8. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

iPad Air 2 still beats it!

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

27. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

38. Shocky unregistered

This is why I will never buy a Samsung tablet, the internals are s**t. Pixel C is the only Android tablet worth owning.

11. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

16. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 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

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

21. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

29. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

36. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

even the sd810 had a better gpu

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

13. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Air 3 will wreck this thing

17. yonith

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

22. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 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

39. Shocky unregistered

The iPad Air 2 wrecks this thing. : The iPad Air 3 will piss all over it

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

37. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

i highly recommend the z4. its pretty awesome

15. true1984

Posts: 860; Member since: May 23, 2012

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

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