The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (pictured above) was one of last year’s better Android tablets, mostly thanks to the inclusion of a Super AMOLED display that gave the iPad Mini something to worry about. There was also a 10.5-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S and now there’s word that Samsung is working on an 8-inch variant of the Galaxy Tab S2, which would make it pretty much the same size as the iPad Mini. We’ve been hearing quite a bit about Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S2 line of tablets, including their purported specs. Samsung normally releases tablets after they’ve announced their latest Galaxy S Android smartphone, so we’re expecting something from them sooner rather than later where these new tablets are concerned.
The import database for India, Zauba, has a listing dated March 12th for the “SAMPLE SAMSUNG TABLET PC,SM-T715 (S.S-8)(FOR TESTING & EVALUATION PURPOSE & WILL BE DESTROYED) (NOT FOR SALE)” which essentially means that somewhere, people are testing these devices in India. SamMobile is reporting that the SM-T715 model number is the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2 while the rumored 9.7-inch version has a model number of SM-T810. With sizes of 8.0-inches and 9.7-inches, this new line of Galaxy Tab S tablets sound like they could use the 4:3 aspect ratio, just like the Nexus 9 and the iPad.
As for specs, it appears like the Exynos 5433, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage we’ve heard previously could be inside these new tablets. A resolution of 2048 x 1536 is still rumored for these two devices, which is the same resolution of the Nexus 9 and could further point to a 4:3 aspect ratio. The Super AMOLED displays will be Samsung’s focus point here, just as they were last year, and an 8-inch version would compete better with the iPad Mini and of course give users a little more portability compared to last year’s 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not Samsung has changed the design of their Galaxy Tab S line from last year, but it sounds like we won’t have much longer to wait.