Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch

Released September, 2015
  • 8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 6.0
We lay the praise at Ice Cream Sandwich's door for making better use of the dual-core chip held within.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
7.7 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
7.7
iPad Air
5.9
Passmark and Geekbench

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
n.d.
iPad Air
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
6.5
iPad Air
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
8.8
iPad Air
9.3
Reviews from phonearena.com, mobiletechreview.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 2 more

7.7

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
7.7
iPad Air
7.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
273

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch
8,889
iPad mini 2
1,421
iPad mini 3
1,896

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch


7.7
I used the two side-by-side quite a bit, and the differences are stark: the AMOLED screen is so high-contrast that whites look pearly and blacks look like total darkness; the Tab 2's display gives whites the slightest yellowish tint, and blacks are just a bit.

7.5
This is a full Android 4.0.3 Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with access to the Google Play Store for apps, and it has dual cameras and a GPS with GLONASS.

8.0
Enriching browsing, Adobe Flash support is in, and the 7in form is a good size for reading web pages.

7.0
Despite creating an extremely strong mobile brand in Galaxy, Samsung hasn't yet unified the look, feel and design of its smartphone and tablet range.

8.0

Overall

7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The Tab S display is in a league of its own at this point, and will become the benchmark for all tablet displays moving forward.
by Android Police (Jun, 2014)
This leads to the feeling of holding a much larger display packed into a smaller form factor – it's basically all display.
by Android Police (Jun, 2014)
The point of the Tab S line is the display, and it indeed looks great when watching videos, viewing photos and reading ebooks.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2014)

Apps

Ice Cream Sandwich is an excellent tablet operating system, and though it hasn't solved the app problem — though the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are in the same boat — phone apps do look a little better on a 7-inch display than blown up to 10 inches.
by The Verge (Apr, 2012)
If you're looking for simple games, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a fantastic buy.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The browser pinches and zooms better, and renders sites much more accurately; the Gmail app is prettier and more intuitive; even the on-screen keyboard is better.
by The Verge (Apr, 2012)

Operating System

Samsung includes their usual screen shot button next to the standard Android navigation buttons for back, home and multitasking, and several widgets that we like (weather, news and music control).
by MobileTechReview (May, 2012)
Media handling was fantastic, and the ability to drag and drop videos, music and pictures, and just enjoy them wherever you are is still one of Android's strong points, and long may it continue.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Netflix is pre-installed and looks good on the PLS display and you get the full suite of Android standard applications.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2012)

Operating system

Ice Cream Sandwich highlights include improved multitasking, a better browser, a more responsive operating system, better video handling and more customisations.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
The lag and stutter you can't help but notice in Honeycomb are virtually non-existent on the Tab 2 7.0, and the whole experience of using the OS is much more pleasant.
by The Verge (Apr, 2012)
Navigation through the screens, apps and operating system was nice and quick, with none of that noticeable lag that used to plague Android tablets.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Camera

Tablet cameras generally aren't the best, but the front camera is sharper and brighter than average among phones and tablets, and it works well for video conferencing.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2014)
There's no autofocus on either the 3-megapixel rear shooter or the VGA front-facing lens, which mean you can't shoot anything closer than about four feet or you'll get extremely blurry and unfocused photos.
by The Verge (Apr, 2012)
Normally we don't chastise tablets for poor photo quality, since it's the manufacturer's way of deterring you from looking foolish, but with the 7-inch form factor, we'd argue that photo quality is more important.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 8"
Technology AMOLED
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 320 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
  6. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Octa core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz

form factor

Weight 272 g
Size 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6 mm
Thickness 5.6 mm
Battery life 7.63 hour

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 8 MP
Rear camera 2.1 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor Yes
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