Samsung announces Galaxy Tab S2 (to blow away iPad Air 2)

Galaxy Tab S2: Next featherweight champ?

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Samsung has just announced the new Galaxy Tab S2, claiming it is the "thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever." Sounds great, but how does the S2 stack up against feathery competitors, such as, oh let's say the iPad Air 2?

Bloggers have done all the heavy lifting required to make these comparisons and remind us: It's what's inside that counts.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers give us the full skinny on the Galaxy Tab S2.

Today's humble blogwatcher is .

Micheal Kan is always on the lookout for thinner, lighter, alternatives:

Samsung Electronics' newest Android tablets might as well be called "the Galaxy Air" series. They are the company's thinnest and lightest yet, and could offer an attractive alternative to Apple's iPad Air 2.

As a result, consumers will be getting two sizes, one at a 9.7-inch, the other at 8-inch. The larger tablet weighs 389 grams, [the other] 265 grams. In contrast, Apple's iPad Air 2 weighs 439 grams.  MORE

Oh, Really? Claire Reilly has been hearing about these tablets for months:

Talk of a new tablet from Samsung has been some months in the making after details of the rumoured Tab S2 were leaked in May.

There's a fingerprint scanner built in...8-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and Microsoft Office...with the option of up to 100GB of cloud storage through OneDrive.  MORE

Straight from the horse's mouth:

Packaged within the world thinnest and lightest metal tablet frame of its size, the Galaxy Tab S2 is portable enough to easily carry around all day.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will come in a variety of connectivity, storage and size options...with Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 32 or 64GB with MicroSD up to 128GB. It will be available in global markets, starting from August, 2015.  MORE

John Callaham spots a few quad-core lollipops:

Both versions of the tablet will have Android 5.0 Lollipop...along with an octa-core processor, with four cores running at 1.9GHz and the other four at 1.3GHz. Both will also have 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front facing camera [and] a way to run two apps on the screen at the same time.  MORE

Meanwhile, Rich McCormick finds a way to patch hardware problems:

The new Tab S2 appears to have patched the biggest problem with the last model -- its weak processor -- while keeping the same special Super AMOLED display that made the original Tab worth a look.  MORE

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