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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 details surface ahead of rumored June launch

The rumored tablet, expected in 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes, will reportedly feature premium build materials.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab could soon have a successor. James Martin/CNET

Samsung will introduce its next-gen Galaxy Tab S tablet as soon as next month, according to details recently learned by SamMobile. Reportedly, the new line of slates will employ the premium metal materials found in recent Samsung devices.

Presumably dubbed the Galaxy Tab S2, the tablet could come in both 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes and feature Wi-Fi and/or LTE connections. In terms of specifications, the units could feature rather impressive hardware.

Allegedly, the Galaxy Tab S2 will boast a 64-bit Samsung Exynos processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Additional details could include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter, a microSD expansion card slot and support for Cat. 6 LTE speeds.

As for the display, both the 8-inch and 9.7-inch models could employ the same 2,048x1,536 pixel resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. In terms of software, the Galaxy Tab S2 is reported to run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

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The Galaxy Tab S2 bears a resemblance to the recently launched Galaxy Tab A. OnLeaks

A leaked press render obtained by Twitter source OnLeaks may provide a glimpse as to what we ought to expect in the new tablet. Should it prove accurate, the Galaxy Tab S2 will feature a physical home button, which could also include a fingerprint reader.

SamMobile indicates the Galaxy Tab S2 will be offered worldwide and in the same markets as its predecessor. Samsung recently (and quietly) launched the Galaxy Tab A, an updated midlevel tablet aimed at the business segment. Perhaps the new model will be a more general consumer-centric approach.

CNET has contacted Samsung for comment and will update the article with any new information.

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