Samsung refreshes the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Samsung refreshes the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
It has long been suggested that Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 line of tablets would be getting an upgrade. Talk of two new Galaxy Tab S3 devices, featuring 8.0 and 9.7-inch displays as with the pre-existing Tab S2 duo, has been fairly constant over the past few months. Earlier on this year, it was offered that the Tab S2 family may not be getting a full-on upgrade, but rather a set of modestly bumped interiors. Now, both Galaxy Tab S2 variants have been treated that refresh, which also indicates that a near-future Tab S3 is improbable. 

Rumor had it that the tweaked Galaxy Tab S2 models would sport Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC under the hood, and so has proved to be the case. German retail website cyberport is already selling the new Tab S2 with the 64-bit chipset, which offers a small CPU performance bump over Sammy's own Exynos 5433 processor found in last year's version. Graphics performance takes a slight hit, but overall, the change is unlikely to prompt noticeable difference during real-world usage. 

The new device retains the 3 gigs of RAM and the same 1536 x 2048 display of 2015's Tab S2. The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera is allied to a 2.1-megapixel shooter for selfies, and there's 32 GB of expandable storage. Indeed, for both the new Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, the specs are largely unchanged from the last models, save the processor. 

The arduous, often painful business of waiting on Android software updates is avoided with the new Tab S2, which gets the very latest version of Android 6.0.1 Lollipop out of the box.

The Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (SM-T813N) is retailing for €449 ($513), and there's an LTE edition (SM-T819N) costing €549 ($627). Only the LTE version of the Tab S2 8.0 (SM-T719N) is currently available at the price of €479 ($547).

source: cyberport (1), (2), (3) via SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
  • Display 8.0 inches
    2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7 inches
    2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5870 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat



35. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Bring us a sequel to the Tab s 8.4.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The biggest mistake Samsung made with the Tab was making it like an iPad, and based on benchmarks, its not even as good as one. When they made the Tab S, that was a step in the right direction. 10.1 @ 16:9, stereo speakers, 2560x1600 display, I actually like the S5-like back cover, supper sized battery, very bright even outside. The only con I had with it, was it was laggy and felt so underpowered. They should make a new Tab S and put the Exynos 7420 or the present 8890 into it and I will buy it.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1885; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Who proofread this article? Anywho... My tab s2 has been buttery smooth since day one. No lags or stutters. I can see why these tablets don't need beefy chip sets as they are mainly media consumption devices that don't require a ton of processing power. I would like to see 6.0.1 lollipop on my tab s2 though! Lol

12. surethom

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

NO I want a replacement to the Samsung Tab 10.5 as Samsung STUPIDLY only released the 16gb verions in the UK. I do not like the screen ratios.

5. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

"Android 6.0.1 Lollipop"???

11. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

How could they make such a mistake? It obviously runs iOS 9.3 out of the box.

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

This officially states that Samsung has given up on android tablets. Not that I'm surprised, android tablets should be dead.

9. Shocky unregistered

Pixel C 4tw. :P

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered


21. Shocky unregistered

Why? It's the best Android tablet on the market. iOS device's are not an option.

22. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Best android tablet isn't saying much. 50% of android apps can't even be used in landscape LOL. And among the rest 50%, 49% are just upscaled phone apps. And I almost forgot the terrible standby time of android devices, which is very important for a tablet, since you charge it less than once a week.

23. Shocky unregistered

Apps I use scale nicely, no problems here. Most of the apps on the Play Store are trash anyway, I don't really care if they scale or not. Standby time? it turns off when idle, lasted most of the week without any charge and got 7 SoT which is fine for Tegra X1 and no gaming.

24. tyrionTheWise unregistered

iPad can last a month on standby. It doesn't even lose 5% in a week on standby.

25. Shocky unregistered

Means nothing to me as I can't really compare with anything, screen on time? I use my tablet everyday and game regularly, if your tablet is lasting a month on standby then clearly you're using it very much, thus you don't really need tablet. Did you test that yourself tyrion? :)

27. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yes, I don't use my tablet often. I use it like once a week. I definitely need it though. And it was easy to test since I regularly leave it for a week or so on stand by. About screen on time, it drops about 5% for one hour web browsing. iPad pro has much higher res screen than the pixel C, not to mention bigger. A better comparison would be to compare it to the smaller ipad. You should check out the anandtech review of pixel C. Ouch.

28. Shocky unregistered

I've read it, most of the issues have been fixed. I use my tablet daily so there is no chance I will go a month without changing or even a week, as below you can see the iPoo drains faster when gaming than the Pixel C so the battery life isn't that great. I guess it depends how you use your tablet, barely at all like you or regularly like most users do. I'll take the one that drains slower when I'm using it thanks, that's somewhat more useful I think.

29. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Whatever floats your boat. BTW how much the pixel C costs there and how much does air 2 does? It costs 1000$ for the 32 GB here(pixel C).

30. Shocky unregistered

Actually in the Anandtech "review" there were no issues with battery life, did better than the iPad's and charged quite quickly considering the size of the battery. £359.25 with dev discount, 64GB. iPad Air 2 16GB is £349.99 or £449.99 for the 64GB 16GB on a tablet is a joke, Samsung do the same though.

31. Shocky unregistered

Prices without the 25% discount for the Pixel C. £399 - 32GB £479 - 64GB Even at this price I would still take the Pixel C, limitations of iOS means it's not an option, okay if you like the Apple ecosystem I guess, but I don't.

32. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Android isn't vastly productive either. A tablet is meant to be a consumption device, and iOS with way better apps serve the purpose very well. I'll still use android for phones though.

34. Shocky unregistered

It's iOS, I don't really care. Android is great for media consumption and also reasonably productivity, just the ability and copy files directly and use a file browser intermediately makes it more productive.

26. Shocky unregistered

Thought I'd add this just because. "The iPad Pro's battery is a fair bit bigger than the Pixel C's, but then you'd hope so given the significantly larger body of the Apple device and its associated bigger screen. Both companies claim that their devices can go for 10 hours of continual usage. Sure enough, in our experience, both seem to discharge at similar rates. For example, when playing 3D games, the iPad Pro tended to drop 19 percent of its battery life per hour. For the Pixel C, it was 15 to 18 percent." Pixel C battery dropped less than the iPad Pro while gaming. :D

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I was either going to get that or wait for a Z6 tablet with an S820. But I'm not sure now because of the WiFi issues and the lack of good cases (my Griffin Survivor on my iPad have survived full drops down staircases).

14. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Nah, Samsung has given up on spec w***es like yourself. Android commands very high tablet market share these days, they will never give up.

36. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

If you say so. I browse the web, read books, read comics, read my email, and watch movies on my Tab S. That's it. All for 70% of the cost of an iPad and with a far better display.

37. tyrionTheWise unregistered

and far more lag.

38. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Lol now you're getting desperate. It's almost as if someone enjoying his Android tablet and finding it useful bothered you on a personal level. That can't be healthy.

3. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

i have the 8.0 with exynos and it runs buttery smooth but my s6 has occasional lags and stutter especially just after playing games like GTA SanAndreas with recent apps and the UI and i know im being nit picky and it is only on the idd occasion but i mean why on the S6 but not playing up on my Tab S2 doesnt ???

15. torr310

Posts: 1736; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

same here! My Tab S2 has much better web browsing experience than my S6! its weird.

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Wow samsung really stopped trying to compete in tablet market after 2014 …

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