Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S2, a new tablet that comes in 9.7-inch and 8.0-inch variants, set to launch in global markets in August. The new devices come in a particularly light and thin metal frame — they're only 5.6 millimeters in thickness and weigh just 389 grams for the 9.7-inch model, and 265 grams for the 8.0-inch. Both variants have Super AMOLED displays at 2048x1536 resolutions, and Quad 1.9GHz and Quad 1.3GHz octacore processors. A microSD slot allows buyers to bump onboard storage space up to 128GB on both devices.
This time around Samsung has done away with the larger 10.5-inch variant introduced by its last Galaxy Tab release. The new model is iPad-sized, and shares the same 4:3 screen orientation as Apple's tablet — as Sammobile notes, Samsung is avoiding mentioning video specifically in its release materials for the Tab S2, touting instead the device's suitability for reading "digital content, including ebooks, magazines, webpages, and news feeds."
The new Tab S2 appears to have patched the biggest problem with the last model — its weak processor — while keeping the same special Super AMOLED display that made the original Tab worth a look. That, plus the new metal construction mean the Tab S2 could be a tablet contender when it launches at some point next month.