The latest addition to the flagship series of tablets by Samsung is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. It is a revamped and upgraded version of the popular Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which was released last year. The Galaxy Tab S2 is a sleek and light Android tablet. It comes with an AMOLED screen.
The Tab is just 0.22 inches (5.6 mm) thick and weighs a mere 0.8 pounds (390 g). The Tab S2 feels like a premium product and is easier to hold than its predecessor. The bezels on both the sides of the screen are of the optimal size, neither overly wide nor too thin. The Tablet stands at 9.3 x 6.7 inches (237 x 169 mm).
Samsung has gone the extra mile to make its latest tablet particularly thin and light weight. It has done away with metal in most of the tablet’s outer body. An extra panel of Gorilla Glass that Samsung usually sticks on the back of its flagship models is also missing in this tablet. Aluminum siding has also not been used in it.
The little amount of metal that could be found on this tablet’s outer body is the thin strip around its bezels, the home button and the two small magnetic circles on its back which is built for the tablet’s extra keyboard accessories.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 boasts an Active Matrix Organic LED screen in its display department. In this type of display, each pixel has a glow of its own and thus backlights are not necessary.
The screen of the Galaxy Tab S2 is completely usable outdoors, even under direct sunlight, visibility remains the same and unaffected. The color depth of the screen is quite high and the vividness of the colors is quite impressive.
The tablet has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which gives it an impressive pixel density of about 264px.
The Tab S2 runs on Android Lollipop and it has a 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB built-in flash memory, inside.
It has a decent 8 megapixels rear camera with the front one being of 2.1 megapixels.
Unlike its predecessor, the Tab S, which came with a screen size of 10.5 inches, the Tab S2 has a screen size of 9.7 inches. This has resulted in a change in the tablet’s aspect ratio, which was 16:10 in the previous model. The aspect ratio of The Tab S2 is 4:3 which gives it a display that is square in nature.
The Smaller screen comes with both pros and cons. The pros being- the square screen making reading easier on it and also making the tablet easier to hold in the portrait mode. The smaller screen size of the tablet also makes it more fitted for productivity tasks like working in spreadsheets.
Whereas the cons- the 16:10 ratio matches the ratios of many TVs which makes watching a video in that ratio a far more superior experience than watching it in the tablet’s 4:3 ratio. Also, there is a slight fall in pixel density from 288 px, in the display of the tablet as a result of the decrease in its screen size.
All the factors considered, it could be safely stated that the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, sports the best-looking screen among all the tablets in the current market with its only competition being its predecessor, the Tab S 10.5.