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Meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Two versions

The thinnest around

Carry-on sized

Print it

Say cheese

Capacitive buttons

Framed

Under the hood

Can you hear me now?

A worthy sequel

Samsung's latest tablets might not have you running to grab your credit card, but anyone interested in a high-end Android tablet should still pay attention to the new-new.

Click through the slideshow for a closer look and keep an eye out for the full review coming soon.

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The Tab S2 comes in an 8- and a 9.7-inch model. The larger one will be available in an LTE version.

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Samsung has said the Tab S2 is the "thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever."

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Both tablets are downsized from last year's models; from 8.4- to 8-inches and 10.5- to 9.7-inches.

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The Galaxy Tab S2 comes with a fingerprint scanner for added security.

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Shutterbugs will be kept happy with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The capacitive buttons on the bottom edge of the tablets are signature Samsung.

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The Galaxy Tab S2 has a 5.6mm (0.2-inch) metal frame.

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The Tab S2 is powered by an octa-core processor, and will run on Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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With easily blockable speakers on the bottom edge, maybe not.

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Aside from design updates, the Galaxy Tab S2 isn't a big upgrade from the Tab S.  Despite this, anyone interested in a fast Android tablet with a stunning screen should definitely still check it out.

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