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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 goes up for pre-order

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 tablets have today gone up for pre-order in the USA, with Samsung also offering a trade-in bonus offer that discounts your Tab S2.

Published onAugust 26, 2015

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It was announced almost a month ago and went on sale in Asia shortly after but Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets have finally gone up for pre-order in the USA. Beginning today, you can pre-order either versions of the handset, which will then land at “select” US carriers and retailers from September 3rd.

[related_videos align=”left” type=”custom” videos=”576611,396976,393454,385136″]What will Samsung’s new slate cost you? If you’re after the Wi-Fi only model, the 8-inch tablet will cost you $399.99 with 32GB onboard storage while the 9.7-inch model will cost you $100 more with the same storage. If using it on the go is your thing, then you’ll want the LTE model and the price will vary depending on which carrier you need to use it with.

The Galaxy Tab S2 is available to order in several colours, with all variants available in black, the gold tablet available as Wi-Fi only and the white tablet exclusive to Verizon. Samsung say it is working with Amazon and Best Buy to offer a limited-time trade-in promotion which allows you to trade in an existing, qualifying tablet to get $100 or more off the purchase price of your new Tab S2.

Opinion: Does the Galaxy Tab S2 have things going for it... or against?

To recap the specs, the Galaxy Tab S2 sees Samsung make a big change from the widely-accepted Android-standard 16:9 aspect ratio to the 4:3 aspect ratio used in the Apple iPad. As a result, the screen sizes and resolution have changed since last year’s Galaxy Tab S and the new resolution and density is actually lower than last year’s Galaxy Tab S.

The new tablets do also come with a octa-core processors, the latest Android OS, Super AMOLED displays, fingerprint sensors like the Galaxy S6 and an array of connectivity options. The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 has a non-removable 4000 mAh battery, while the larger Tab S2 9.7 has a much bigger (yet not outstanding) 5870 mAh battery, that is also non-removable.

Impressions: The Galaxy Tab S2 is a curious "top tier" tablet

For more on the new Galaxy Tab S2, head over to Matthew’s first impressions. Do you plan to buy the Galaxy Tab S2? If so, which colour/version and if not, why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below guys!