Samsung Electronics America Inc. announced Wednesday that Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is now open for pre-orders online through Samsung.com, Amazon.com, and Best Buy. Billed as the company’s thinnest, lightest and ultra-fast tablet will also go on sale through selected offline retailers and carriers from September 3.
First announced in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 comes in four broad variants, and Samsung has now revealed some of the pricing; 9.7-inch Wi-Fi only; 9.7-inch Wi-Fi and LTE; 8.0-inch Wi-Fi only and 8.0-inch Wi-Fi and LTE.
Currently, Samsung has announced the pricing for the Wi-Fi only versions only, with the 9.7-inch version coming in at $499.99 and the 8.0-inch version retailing at$399.99. Pricing and availability for the LTE-enabled versions will be confirmed by carriers, said Samsung.
The Wi-Fi only variant will be available in Black, White, and Gold. Color options for the LTE-enabled versions are limited to Balck and White and will depend on which carrier consumers choose to buy from. AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile are stocking the Black version and Verizon has gone with White.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S2 range features a Super AMOLED display with a 2048x1536 (QXGA) resolution, octa-core Exynos 5433 SoC (quad 1.9GHz + quad 1.3GHz), with 3GB of RAM. It ships with 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. On the camera front the device features 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, various sensors (accelerometer, finger scanner, gyroscope, compass, hall sensor, and RGB sensor) and LTE connectivity. The Tab S2 sports a 5,870 mAh battery and is running Android 5.1 Lollipop. Both variants are just 5.6mm thin, while the 8-inch version weighs 9.4 oz. and the 9.7-inch version 13.8 oz.
Samsung also announced that its actively working with retailers to offer a limited time tablet bonus trade-in offer that will offer buyers $100 or more off the price of Galaxy Tab S2 when they trade-in existing, qualifying tablets.
However, Samsung did not list qualifying tablets for the trade-in offer; it is most likely that its main competitor, Apple’s iPad will be on that list, specially when Apple is all set to launch updates to its iPad range, including a new iPad mini 4.
Sometime earlier Samsung announced it would offer iPhone users the opportunity to test drive its Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 smartphones for a month for only $1 and with no obligations.