Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 enters testing stage
Rumors and leaks about Samsung's next Galaxy Tab S series tablet have been popping up quite often lately. It's already known that the Galaxy Tab S2 will come in 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, both models featuring AMOLED screens with 2048x1536 resolution. The 4:3 aspect ratio, long adopted by the Korean manufacturer's arch-rival Apple, is better suited for reading and browsing web pages and results in less screen estate being available for movies (usually shot in 16:9 ratio), but apparently that's the direction Samsung is now headed in. Such resolution will also require a more potent SoC to drive it, which is why the GFXBench leak reporting an Exynos 5 Octa being used isn't trustworthy - a newer 64-bit (since Android 5.0.2 is to be installed ex-works) chip is likely to be used instead. 3 GB of RAM looks plausible, though. All this is expected to come in a very thin (5.4 mm) metal-framed body, further contributing to the image of a premium tablet.
Whether the real Tab S2 matches these expectations or not, the first prototypes of the device apparently already exist. One of them was shipped to India last week for testing, showing up in Zauba import tracker (which already brought us news about the Galaxy S6 Active samples last week). The import statement clearly indicates the model number of the new tablet as SM-T715, which makes sense, considering that the first-generation Tab S 8.4 carried SM-T700 (Wi-Fi only) or SM-T705 (LTE) designations. Curiously, the statement also indicates that this single sample is to be destroyed after testing, suggesting that the Tab S2 is still in its early testing phase.