Last year, Samsung redefined how many pixels you can cram into 10 inches with the Galaxy Tab S; this year, it’s back with a thinner and lighter second round.

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The Tab S2 will come in two sizes, just like the tablet it’s replacing: a smaller 8-inch model, and the full-size 9.7-inch version (a tad smaller than the 10.5-inch screen on the original Tab S). The screen was the main selling point on the first Tab S, and things are looking similar this time around: 2048x1536 Super AMOLED, which will hopefully translate to another jaw-droppingly-good display.

Under the hood, things are more or less what you’d expect: octacore processor, with one quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz, and one at 1.3GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal memory, and a microSD slot for expansion. Software-wise, you can expect the not-quite-latest 5.0 version of Android, with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin on top.

Aside from the run-of-the-mill specs upgrade, there’s only one real piece of news: a thinner, lighter metal build; considering that the Tab S didn’t exactly have a beer belly, you can expect the Tab S2 to feel absurdly thin.

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Both sizes will have Wi-Fi and LTE options, launching for an undisclosed price sometime in August.

[Samsung]


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