Samsung officially takes the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets that will be available in 9.7-inch and 8-inch display models.

Rumors have been surfacing in the tablet industry that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets on July 20 and the speculations have turned true. The Korean company has unveiled the 8-inch and the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2, which are now the thinnest tablets in its segment in the current market.

"The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever, it also gives users quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features," says JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. "We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the most complete personal visual device designed for consumers to carry and use anywhere."

Being the thinnest and the lightest tablets available, the Galaxy Tab S2's will give stiff competition to Apple's iPads.

Both the 8-inch and the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 tablets come with a metal frame that measures only 5.6 mm. Both the tablets have Super AMOLED screen with 2,048 by 1,536 pixels resolution.

The compact design coupled with the display makes both the tablets ideal for viewing and reading content.

Both the tablets have octa-core Exynos processors (two quad-cores, one clocked at 1.9 GHz and the other at 1.3 GHz). The tablets also have 3GB RAM. The tablets will be available in 32GB/64GB internal storage versions with the option to expand the storage using a microSD card.

The 9.7-inch as well as the 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2 will be equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front camera. The tablets will be available in Wi-Fi only as well as Wi-Fi and LTE variants. The 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 will have a 5,870mAh battery, while a 4,000mAh battery will power the smaller tablet.

Both the tablets will come running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report Apple was the leading tablet vendor at the end of 2014. Apple's market share in Q4 2014 was 28.1 percent followed by Samsung that had a tablet market share of 14.5 percent.

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are among the latest tablets in the market and the launch of the Galaxy Tab S2 may give stiff competition to them, as well as the next-gen iPads due for a launch in October this year.

Samsung revealed that the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets will hit global markets in August this year but the company has not yet announced the pricing for the devices. 

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