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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (Galaxy Tab S Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
9.7 inch 4:3, 2048x1536 pixel, kapazitiver Touchscreen, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Battery
22 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5870 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Additional features
Speakers: Stereolautsprecher unten seitlich, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
389 g ( = 13.72 oz / 0.86 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Average Score: 86.81% - good
Average of 21 scores (from 29 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 84%, features: 87%, display: 81% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 100%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

100% Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in
Source: PC Authority English
The Tab S2 9.7in isn’t a perfect tablet: gaming performance could be better, while a lack of accessories compared to the iPad 2 Air holds it back. Come on Samsung, make that keyboard cheaper! However, Samsung hasn’t compromised in the areas that matter. As I did right at the start, I’ll come back to that screen and the build quality. Factor in the price, and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in becomes PC & Tech Authority’s top choice for larger Android tablets.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
Source: IT Pro Portal English
With the 32GB Wi-Fi only version costing £399 direct from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is priced on a par with the 16GB 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. It has the same screen resolution in a lighter and thinner package, and of course more storage, so it’s clear to see what the target is here. The Samsung offers good performance in everyday use and is likely to deliver better battery life than the iPad as well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: the closest thing yet to an Android iPad
Source: T3 English
Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 the slate to unseat Apple? Not quite, but in many ways it feels like an Android iPad. It’s a joy to use thanks to a thin and light design, a big and bright screen and plenty of power, which are the most important things really. Well, those and battery life, which isn’t quite as good as it could be, but there’s still enough juice here to see you through an average day of use with ease. All that and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 won’t cost you any more than an iPad mini 4. It’s not as beautiful to behold as Apple’s tablets and with a not fully premium design it doesn’t feel quite as high-end, but if you’re after an Android slate with a great screen then this is right up there.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% A genuine iPad rival?
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2's strongest aspect is its size and the weight, giving you plenty of display, while remaining light and slimline. There's lot to like about this tablet. There's a great deal of vibrancy to the display and while that looks good in many apps, it can be a little over-bearing depending on the content you're viewing. It adds pop to website images, but isn't as natural when it comes to watching your favourite movies. We like the 4:3 aspect though, as it's convenient when reading and browsing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% This is now the Android tablet to own
Source: PC Pro English
The Tab S2 9.7in isn’t a perfect tablet: gaming performance could be better, while a lack of accessories compared to the iPad 2 Air holds it back. (Come on Samsung UK, make that keyboard cheaper!) However, Samsung hasn’t compromised on the areas that matter. As I did right at the start, I’ll come back to that screen and the build quality. Factor in the price, and the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 becomes Alphr’s top choice for larger Android tablets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a solid choice for anyone after an entertainment or business tablet, thanks to its sharp, vibrant screen, slim and light design, smooth performance and excellent battery life. However, it doesn’t really do anything different to last year’s Tab S, with very few actual improvements beyond the re-orientation and refreshed fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
75% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review
Source: Techspot English
So is the Galaxy Tab S2 worth it at its asking price? Probably not, considering the wider field of tablets available today, especially those from Apple. However, if you’re heavily invested in the Android ecosystem, and want a slick tablet that features (mostly) top-end hardware, the Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the better choices on the market today.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 75%
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Source: AnandTech English
This feels almost completely obvious but the Tab S2 9.7" is definitely the most compelling tablet that Samsung has released to date, and I think it's a good overall upgrade over the Tab S 10.5". Over the course of the review I've found some aspects of the Tab S2 to be really great, and others that need improvement next time around. It's worth going over them all again before coming to any final conclusions about the tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2015
83% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Source: Engadget English
Leave it to Samsung to ruin one of its best products. The original Tab S had plenty going for it -- except few people bought it. That's one reason Samsung might have chosen to make its new model more iPad-like. But by focusing on the spec race with Apple, instead of what's actually best for consumers, Samsung ended up sacrificing one of its best features: long runtime.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 83%
90% A worthy counterpart for your smartphone
Source: Greenbot English
If you’re looking for a tablet companion of your own and you want to stick to Android, either size of the Galaxy Tab S2 will work. I personally prefer the smaller size because of its portability—I typically travel with just my purse on me. However, if you’d rather not pay the full price for an Android tablet but are still looking for something that’s stylish and powerful, there’s plenty of original Tab S tablets on sale that are still worth bringing home.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Samsung hasn’t just crafted a worthy successor to the Galaxy Tab S, but one of the best big-screen tablets out there. It’s thin, light, gorgeous-looking and well-balanced, and while the screen has fewer pixels than its predecessor’s it’s still fantastic with a more practical aspect ratio. So if you’re after a tablet that can double as an Android laptop, the Xperia Z4 slips ahead. But if you’re looking for a versatile, big-screen Android tablet first-and-foremost, then stop right here. With a design that’s built for the hand rather than the desktop, the Tab S2 is the one to buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 90% display: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch Review
Source: Phone Arena English
Being that premium tablet it’s sought out to be, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch comes in at the customary starting price of $500 for the base 32GB Wi-Fi model. That’s not too shabby considering it has the svelte construction, smooth performance, and diversified experience to cater to a wide array of consumers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7, Wi-Fi) review
Source: Expert Reviews English
There's no doubt the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is an impressive tablet. It's slim, light and has a generally excellent screen, as long as you're willing to put up with a slight yellow tint for the sake of excellent contrast. However, it sits in an odd position in the tablet market. It's the same price as the iPad Air 2, which has superior performance, if worse battery life, and is up to £200 more than the price-yoyoing Google Nexus 9, which isn't as nice an object but has stronger performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Android’s best iPad: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 reviewed
Source: Gadgetguy English
With Samsung’s latest tablet, there is no mistaking that this is one of the best non-Apple tablets out there, with a combination of parts that Android fans are sure to love, though it’s not the independent design you’ve seen from Samsung in the past. Rather, for this one, Samsung appears to have resigned itself to making something close to an iPad.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 100% features: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100%
70% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Galaxy Tab S2 is so thin and light that it almost seems like someone digitized a piece of paper. This is one gorgeous display, too. The Super AMOLED screen delivers richer colors and deeper blacks than the iPad Air 2. The tablet is especially compelling if you own both a Samsung phone and a Samsung TV, because of how well this tablet's software integrates with those devices.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 hands-on
Source: GSM Arena English
Samsung has worked obsessively to make the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 the thinnest and lightest slate in its class and has succeeded. We expect the device’s dimensions to be its defining feature and for a good reason - the Tab S2 9.7 breaks the rules about how a full size tablet should handle. The chipset found in the device raised a few eyebrows, as it isn’t the most powerful solution available at the moment. It is however, a massive improvement over the SoC found in the tablet’s predecessor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2015
Flagship iOS and Android tablets are almost identical
Source: PC Advisor English
Although we've only had hands-on time with the Galaxy Tab S2 it's clear to see that it's a great tablet – even if it has suddenly matched the iPad on screen size, aspect ratio and resolution. The S2 wins on dimensions but it's so close that this is really just bragging rights and both tablets have top-notch specs. Aside from the choice between iOS and Android storage and price are the big differences here with that potentially deal breaking Micro-SD card slot found on Samsung's tablet only.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/25/2015
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review: Hands-on
Source: Recombu English
As with the Note 4 and the latest Galaxy S flagships, the Tab S2 boasts a metal frame with a chamfered edge in place of what was previously an all-plastic body, making for a sturdier, more premium feel in the hand. It also helps give the tablet its exceptionally shallow depth (an insane 5.3mm), ensuring it’s great for those after a device they can slot in a bag without it being too bulky.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/24/2015
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
How it fairs against the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 remains to be seen, and how it holds up when Apple refreshes those models this Autumn will be particularly interesting. If you're in the market for an Android tablet and have a bit of money to spend, though, you should definitely consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. We’ll have a full test up very soon.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/20/2015
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hands-on: Lighter than an iPad in build, but not features
Source: Pocket Lint English
Samsung has been criticised in the past for its cheap and cheerful tablet ranges, but in the S2 it has a creditable alternative to Apple's iPad devices. Although we need to test the tablets fully, we are already of the mind that if you are an Android fan and are in the market for a new tablet, these will be worth considering.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/13/2015

Foreign Reviews

Kompakte Tablets im Doppeltest
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2015
86% Das neue Flaggschiff
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 81% features: 77% display: 89% mobility: 67%
82% Leichter Tablet-Rausch
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Source: PocketPC German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2015
92% Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
Source: Areamobile German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 91% features: 91% mobility: 81% workmanship: 94%
60% Test de la Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, la tablette la plus fine au monde
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
100% Test : Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9,7 pouces, l'alternative parfaite à l'iPad Air 2
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Recenzja Tabletu Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9,7″
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% display: 95% mobility: 65% workmanship: 100%
95% Teszt: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7- Nehéz belekötni
Source: Wikitech HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%

Comment

Model: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is a fully fledged tablet suitable for users looking to get a slightly bigger screen real estate at 9.7 inches. One of the selling points of this tablet is the 4:3 aspect ratio making reading on the tablet feel more natural. Design-wise the device looks pretty much the same as most Samsung devices. The edges are curved and the physical home button is surrounded by touch sensitive menu and back buttons. The back cover is slightly textured to provide a comfortable feel, the chassis itself is solid and premium to the touch. Depending on the requirements, users can choose between two models: a Wi-Fi only model or the 3G/LTE variant.

The 9.7 inch Super AMOLED display features a 264 ppi pixel density. The Android 5.0.2 tablet sports octa core architecture consisting of two quad-core processors clocked at 1.9 GHz and 1.3 GHz, respectively, which is combined with 3 GB RAM and either 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage. Other features are Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS and microUSB 2.0. The image capture quality is decent with the 8 MP autofocus camera and a 2.1 MP front camera. There is a Lithium-Ion battery rated at 5870 mAh for long battery life.

ARM Mali-T760 MP6: The ARM Mali-T760 MP6 offers six cores (hence the name MP6) clocked with up to 700 MHz (resulting in 143 GFLOPS). Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
5433 Octa: 64-bit capable Exynos 7 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores and an ARM Mali-T760 MP6 GPU. Successor to the Exynos 5420/5430.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
9.7":

The screen diagonal is used for small tablets.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.389 kg:

This weight is somewhat high for a smartphone. Smartphones with a big screen and small tablets weigh as much, usually.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.

In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.


86.81%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

Lenovo Tab 2 A8-50L
Mali-T760 MP6, MT8161, 8", 0.36 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 LTE
Mali-T760 MP6, Exynos 5433 Octa, 8", 0.272 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 inch
Mali-T760 MP6, Exynos 5433 Octa, 8", 0.265 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 T813N
Adreno 510, Snapdragon 652 MSM8976, 9.7", 0.389 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab J
Mali-400 MP2, Spreadtrum SC8830, 7", 0.289 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 10.1" SM-T580
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 10.1", 0.45 kg
Samsung Galaxy J Max
Mali-400 MP2, Spreadtrum SC8830, 7", 0.289 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W703
HD Graphics 515, Core m3 6Y30, 12.1", 0.693 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 10.1", 0.525 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 T580N
Mali-T830 MP2, unknown, 10.1", 0.525 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 inch T280N
Mali-T720 MP2, unknown, 7", 0.283 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 2016
Mali-400 MP2, Spreadtrum SC7731, 7", 0.283 kg
Samsung Galaxy View
Mali-T720 MP2, Exynos 7580 Octa, 18.4", 2.65 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 T561N (SM-T561NZWA)
, Spreadtrum SC8830, 10.1", 0.495 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
Adreno 306, Snapdragon 410 APQ8016, 8", 0.313 kg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
Adreno 306, Snapdragon 410 APQ8016, 9.7", 0.456 kg

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unknown, unknown, 12.3", 1.1 kg
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unknown, unknown, 5", 0.142 kg
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Mali-T830 MP3, Exynos 7880, 5.7", 0.186 kg
Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737, 5", 0.16 kg
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 4.7", 0.135 kg
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Mali-T830 MP3, Exynos 7880, 5.2", 0.159 kg
Samsung Galaxy On NXT
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.5", 0.167 kg
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.7", 0.17 kg
Samsung Galaxy On8
Mali-T720 MP2, Exynos 7580 Octa, 5.5", 0.169 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 Metal (2016)
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.5", 0.169 kg
Samsung Galaxy J5 Metal (2016)
Adreno 306, Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, 5.2", 0.159 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2015-08-24 (Update: 2015-08-24)