• Display: 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos Octa 5433 (4x 1.9GHz + 4x 1.3GHz)
  • Connectivity:
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB expandable up to 128GB with MicroSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 169x237x5.6mm
  • Weight: 392g
  • Pros:
  • Powerful
  • Large screen
  • Battery life
  • Cons:
  • Slightly boring design
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark:
  • Ice Storm Extreme: Maxed Out
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 19,371 points
  • PC Mark Work: 5,492 points
  • Antutu: 53,443 points

A Tab From The Stars

Samsung is back again to show us what they’re made of, rocking the tablet market with their Galaxy Tab S2. Coming in both 9.7-inches and 8.7-inches variations, we had the opportunity to take the 9.7-inch variant out for a spin.

First impressions are important, it’s what decides your expectations and how you’re going to perceive the product when you’re using it. Our first impressions? To be honest, we thought it looked pretty simple. The front looked alright, but the back cover didn’t leave a lot to be desired. All in all the Galaxy Tab S2 could have done better overall for its looks.

But let’s dig deeper shall we? The Galaxy Tab S2 comes with a 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display. The screen is bright and the colours come out well, while text is crisp and easily read. The 9.7-inch display is large and despite that, Samsung manages to produce a clear and enjoyable visual experience. Good job on Samsung’s part, as the larger screen would encourage us to work more often on the Galaxy Tab S2.

Speaking a tad more on the design and layout of the Tab S2, the right side houses the power button and the volume up & down buttons, also on the right would be the dual SIM slots. On the bottom you will find the earphone jack, MicroUSB data/charging port, and 2 speakers on each side.

The Galaxy Tab S2 runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box and is powered by the Samsung Exynos 5433. It also runs off 3GB of RAM together with 32/64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB by MicroSD. Keeping the Galaxy Tab S2 up and running is a 5,870mAh battery. On idle, the tablet is able to last for days easily with WiFi on, and even on heavy load the tablet should easily stay up and running throughout the day.

Playing around with the Galaxy Tab S2, we found the interface to be smooth, scrolling through apps and menus. It plays even the most graphically demanding mobile games without breaking much of a sweat. Music plays great on the Galaxy Tab S2 with the soundtracks we used for testing. But let’s not forget about the 8-megapixel camera which boasts a large aperture for low light photography. The rear camera takes great pictures in low light especially in its HDR mode.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Galaxy Tab S2 performs like a dream, with everything running smooth as silk. Though having a better camera would have been really great to make the experience we had more satisfying.

(previously published in issue October 2015)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7”