Samsung revealed its new Galaxy Tab S2, a revamped version of last year's Galaxy Tab S. The new tablet now comes in lightweight 8-inch and 9.7-inch models and features an enhanced display for better readability and productivity. Here's a closer look at what the Galaxy Tab S2 has to offer business users.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is equipped with a stunning quad-HD, 2048 x 1536-resolution Super AMOLED display. Like the iPad, it now also comes with a 4 x 3 ratio, replacing its predecessor's 16 x 10 wide screen. Samsung says this combination delivers optimized visuals with a more "seamless reading experience" that minimizes scrolling and enhances the user experience when viewing Web pages, newsfeeds, e-books and other types of digital content.
Samsung boasts that the Galaxy Tab S2 is the thinnest and lightest metal tablet of its size. The Tab 2 sports a slim, 5.6-mm frame and weighs less than a pound — 0.85 lbs. for the 9-inch model and 0.56 lbs. for the 8-inch model. This makes the Samsung tablet thinner and lighter than the iPad and an excellent choice for business users who are always on the go.
Business users can also take advantage of the Galaxy Tab S2's many productivity features. The device runs on the powerful Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office Solutions — which lets users create and edit documents on the go — and 100 GB of free OneDrive storage for two years. The tablet is also compatible with the Book Cover Keyboard, used to transform the device into a notebook complete with a standard PC keyboard and built-in trackpad.
Other features include:
- The Multitasking tool to work on multiple apps at the same time
- Pop-Up Window to split the screen and navigate between apps that are currently running
- Reading Mode to change brightness levels to prevent eye strain during extended use
- Smart Manager to easily view battery levels, available storage and other settings
The Galaxy Tab S2 comes with multiple layers of protection. It is preloaded with anti-malware software and device-management features, as well as biometric authentication. Called Fingerprint Scanner, this security sensor lets users lock and unlock the device by placing their fingers on the home key.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is set to launch in August. Users will have a choice of 32-GB or 64-GB storage (expandable up to 128 GB with MicroSD), with both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE models. Samsung has yet to announce pricing information, but the tablet may be in the $400-$500 price point per last year's models.