Samsung may have a fresh pair of Galaxy Tab S 2 tablets in the pipeline, prepared to refresh the extremely impressive slates that launched last year. The South Korea-based company hasn’t provided any official details on its tablets, and we still don’t know when to expect them, though they probably won’t come as soon as Mobile World Congress, where Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on March 1. New details published by SamMobile on Thursday suggest that these are going to be some pretty prime tablets, however.
SamMobile said Samsung is planning two models, including an 8-inch and 9.7-inch version. Both are said to sport 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear shooter. Samsung is also apparently planning a metal frame for its new premium tablets, which fits in line with what the company first introduced with the Galaxy Note 4 and with what we’re expecting from the Galaxy S6.
Under the hood, SamMobile said the company is planning to deploy its Exynos 5433 processor but that it’s possible that will be swapped out for a 64-bit Exynos 7420 chip to complement Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The 8-inch model will reportedly employ a 3,580mAh battery while the larger 9.7-inch model will have a heftier 5,870mAh battery. There may be a slight downgrade in the resolution to a 2048 x 1536-pixel display, instead of the 2560 x 1600-pixel screens Samsung uses in the current Galaxy Tab S models.
SamMobile also reiterated an earlier report that claims the tablets will be thinner than Apple’s iPad Air 2, with a thickness of just 5.4mm to the iPad Air 2’s depth of 7.5mm. The slates sound impressive, and right now they’re expected sometime in the middle of this year.