It’s been said already, but it’s worth repeating: If all the rumors surrounding the Tab S2 are true, the final product could be a hybrid of these two devices. (Nexus 9 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 pictured).
Last summer’s Galaxy Tab S pair was quite well received given their top-notch specs, extremely thin and light build, and the biggest SAMOLED screens Samsung has yet put out in a mobile device. With all these features came a large price tag and the lingering lament that Korea’s darling had once again opted for a plastic construction.
The Galaxy Tab S2 has yet to even be acknowledged by Samsung, but that hasn’t stopped the leaks from flowing. In the past few weeks, we’ve learned that there will once again be two devices, though allegedly their screen sizes have been altered to 8-inches and 9.7-inches thanks to the company’s possible new decision to make use of 4:3 aspect ratio screens, though nothing has been confirmed. The latest leak comes courtesy of a benchmark test on GFXBench. While these kinds of things can be spoofed, they would seemingly match up with what we have already heard. Take a look:
While the screen size issue might be a bit off (perhaps due to a glitch or else inaccurate benchmark reporting), the resolution lines up with the most recent story. We also see the presence of an Octa-Cora Exynos, Mali T760 graphics, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 7 megapixel (probably 8 in reality) rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera. SIM support is included for this model, but not NFC. Finally, the device is running on Android 5.0.2, though it remains to be seen to just what extent Samsung will skin it with TouchWiz.
The Exynos 5 Octa is to be the first CPU produced by Samsung that will in fact, be able to use all 8 cores simultaneously. For those who want a reminder, have a look:
It is worth pointing out that, at this point last year, Samsung was gearing up for the Galaxy Tab/Note PRO line. Will these tablets be refreshed at MWC next week? Will we see something new? Only time will tell.