Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch Review


Samsung has always been the one to offer diversity in its portfolio. Complementing its full-sized tablet offering, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch, the 8.0-inch model is naturally there for the taking if you prefer something that’s more compact in size. Steep competition is everywhere we look, including this space where 8-inch tablets can be fetched for under $300 at this point, so the $400 cost slapped to the 8.0-inch Galaxy Tab S2 might seem too high to some folks. Regardless, we’re certain a few won’t mind paying the extra premium just as long as Samsung's tablet proves to be a strong performer.

The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety & warranty documents


You’ll love its slim profile and lightweight feel.

Just like the 9.7-inch model, this 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2 takes its design cues from last year’s Galaxy Note 4 – exhibiting a slightly cleaner and more uniform design. Gone is the dimpled plastic chassis from last year’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4, replaced instead by a matte plastic – one that’s available in black, white, or gold. It looks good, and feels good too, especially when its svelte, 0.22-inch (5.6 mm) profile and 9.59 oz (272 g) weight ensure it’s comfortable to hold in the hand.

While many of the ports and buttons are positioned in the same locations as before, Samsung replaced the fingerprint sensor with the same one employed by its newer smartphones – so unlocking the tablet is easier and quicker than ever before. What’s unfortunate, though, is that they’ve removed the IR blaster. By now, we’re not too surprised by this, seeing that the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ don't have one either, but we’re nonetheless sad to see one less feature in this new model that was something accessible by its predecessor.


Yes, its screen resolution is lower, but it still packs some favorable qualities.

In addition to seeing its screen size go from 8.4-inches to 8.0-icnhes, it’s also shockingly accompanied with a reduction to its resolution as well. Sammy impressed us when they slapped a pixel crunching 1600 x 2560 resolution with last year’s 8.4-inch model, but this time around, it’s now an 8.0-inch 1536 x 2048 Super AMOLED display. Even though it’s sporting a lower resolution than before, its 320 ppi pixel density is still more than effective enough to produce sharp-looking details that are pleasing to the eyes.

Despite the shortcomings with its lower screen resolution, they’ve managed to make some marked improvements to other aspects of panel itself,thus proving that it’s better in overall quality. In particular, its 6800K color temperature and 2.18 gamma value are improvements over its predecessor, but even better is the fact that the ‘basic’ display mode produces even more realistic, true-to-life colors than before. However, its maximum 337 nit luminance makes it challenging to view outdoors.

Love it or hate it, the display has all of the necessary qualities to make it favorable – like its good details, realistic color tones, and decent visibility. We just wish they kept up with the resolution, and for some people, we understand that it lessens its value.



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Tab s > tab s2 basically

4. kultissim

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Actually no. It has fast charge, better camera, even the screen is overall better despite the slightly lower resolution, better specs too and better gaming performances. One the tab S 8.4 side you only have the resolution. Since there was no nfc and ir blaster on the Tab S 8.4 I dont get why they would list those as cons, since you dont really need that on a tablet, and going by the iPhone/ipad rule since it was not included before it should not be mentioned as cons now. Or go put it as cons on the previous ipads reviews

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Actually, no still. 4:3 ABSOLUTELY SUCKS for YouTube, Netflix, the whole nine. We long abandoned the square TV and its aspect ratio, why's it making a comeback on TABLETS? And this one does NOT have the IR port, the old Tab S, small AND large, have.

11. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Yes, for YouTube 16:10 is better, and for videos in general but that is all. Netflix? What is Netflix :) For bigger part of this planet Netflix is totally irrelevant. >>why's it making a comeback on TABLETS? 1. Better for general surfing in portrait, and vast majority people hate browsing in landscape. 2. Way, way better for ebooks, especially pdf's 3. Much easier for developers to port their iPad apps to Android. Same aspect ratio is way more important than any other thing, especially for complex apps [as someone who make for living writing apps for Android, I know that very well] 4. Contrary to believes, people dont look THAT much videos on tablets. Is important, even very important but above mentioned reasons are even more important.

13. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Because typing. Try typing on a 16:10 tab in landscape. Just try on a squashed keyboard and some real estate on the screen. Or a good keyboard and NO screen RE. And good luck typing without stretching your fingers on the S 10.5. Just try.

2. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I love this one.

3. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Got me-self this mint condition bronze 8.4 tab s 1with original Sammy keyboard and protective case for 230 bucks over ebay. Must be one of the most beautiful and close to perfect all in one devices ever made. No way this one beats it. Or some Apple rubbish. Tried my luck with ipad1 - Apple never again.

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

If samsung made it in 6.5'' LTE version with physical camera button I'd grab it immediatelly.

6. Shocky unregistered

I don't see the point in these, when they first released the original tab S I thought finally Samsung were finally releasing premium tablets. Sadly it's just turned into another galaxy tab with a different display ratio.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Okay tablet. Nothing to write home about except that it is really thin.

9. ShortFuse

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I think you're mistaken about the S2 color temperature being an improvement. Anything closer to 6504K is better.
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

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