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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be sold in Gold color variant (at least for Taiwan)
Despite the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 was leaked in various forms for months on end, it was just a few weeks ago that the Korean conglomerate took the wraps off the product officially. It has long been established that the device in question will come in two color variants: Black and White. Now it seems however, that Samsung will in fact be releasing a Gold color variant, at least in select markets.
Samsung Taiwan has a dedicated product page for the upcoming device on its website, and indeed there is a gold option. Curiously absent, however, is any trace of a black variant. It is possible that in select Asian markets, where Gold colors tend to do quite well, the Tab S2 is receiving the special color treatment, similar to how the Galaxy Tab A has a Blue variant in the United States.
As has already been discussed, while the tablet’s frame is made of aluminum, the back side is decidedly plastic. This will hardly be the first time Samsung has released a gold colored frame, as both last year’s Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 were offered in the precious metal-themed tint. For more pictures, have a look at some press renders of the smaller size variant below:
Also present on Samsung Taiwan’s website, the official book covers for the device, which snap into place using the two mounts on the tablet’s rear. There are five color options present, including white, black, gold, red, and blue. The white color looks to be more of a beige, and the gold looks to be much lighter in tone than the bronze-esque shade from last year’s Book Cover. No pricing is available, however based on last year’s offerings we would expect them to retail in excess of $60+.
The Galaxy Tab S2 comes in an 8-inch, and 9.7-inch variant, both of which employ a 4:3 aspect ratio 2048×1536 SAMOLED display, and will be available in LTE and Wi-Fi-only configurations. It features an Exynos 5433 Octa-core SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, and an 8-megapixel rear, 2.1-megapixel front camera set-up (no flash, sorry). It will ship with Android 5.0.2 and features the same “touch-based” fingerprint sensor used in the Galaxy S6 and has support for microSD. The 9.7-inch variant will include a 5,870mAh battery, and the 8-inch variant a 4,000mAh power-cell.
Pricing is still unknown in most markets, however yesterday in connection with the official announcement of South Korea’s variant, we know that 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.
For those interested in more coverage of the Galaxy Tab S2, make sure to read our opinion piece, as well as comparison feature.
It remains to be seen as to which territories the Gold color variant will be released in, however now that the existence is basically a reality, is anyone interested in this new option? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.