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Samsung announced its new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets a couple of weeks ago and said they would launch in August and it looks like they’ll live up to this promise, with both Galaxy Tab S2 models set to launch in South Korea next week.

The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 will cost KRW 599,000 (approx. $513), while the larger 9.7-inch model will cost KRW 719,000 ($685). Samsung will also sell the larger tablet with a bluetooth keyboard case for KRW 799,000 ($685) in South Korea but is yet to reveal availability of the tablet in other markets.

The Galaxy Tab S2 was the subject of several leaks before it was announced and while the original Galaxy Tab S was one of the most advanced Android tablets ever made, the Galaxy Tab S2 has some interesting changes that include a supremely thin profile, a metal frame equipped with fingerprint sensor and a display that has 4:3 aspect ratio, which Samsung claim is designed for prolonged reading sessions.

Both tablets feature pixel-rich Super AMOLED displays with 4:3 aspect ratio and 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and are powered by an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Other notable specs include a fingerprint sensor, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1MP front facing snapper, LTE Cat 6 connectivity and the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Both tablets have relatively large batteries (that are smaller than the first Galaxy Tab S range) with the smaller Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 sporting a 4,000 mAh battery while the larger Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 has a 5,870 mAh battery.

It’s unknown when the Galaxy Tab S2 range will be made available outside of South Korea but with a launch in Samsung’s homeland next week, it won’t be long before it’s available elsewhere. Are you planning to buy one? Let us know your views in the comments below and if you’re considering last year’s Galaxy Tab S, check out our Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review – one year later.