Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will launch at T-Mobile on September 3 with high-res display, 5.6mm-thick body

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Last week, T-Mobile expanded its Android tablet lineup with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, an affordable and somewhat entry-level slate. Now T-Mo is going to follow that up with something a bit higher-end.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will launch at T-Mobile on September 3 at a price of $0 down, 23 monthly payments of $27.09, and 1 payment of $26.92. That adds up to a full price of $649.99.

The Galaxy Tab S2 features a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 Super AMOLED display and 2.1-megapixel camera on its face, as well as an 8-megapixel shooter on its rear. Packed inside of its 5.6mm-thick body is an octa-core processor, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, 3GB of RAM, and a 5870mAh battery. The Tab S2 runs Android 5.0 beneath Samsung’s custom UI.

In terms of connectivity, the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab S2 includes 850/900/1900/2100MHz 3G support and 700/800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600MHz LTE support.

T-Mobile’s current lineup lacks a high-end Android tablet that can go head-to-head with the iPad, so it’s great to see the Galaxy Tab S2 changing that. It’s also worth noting that if you’d prefer a Wi-Fi-only tablet, Samsung will start taking pre-orders today for the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab S2 in both 9.7-inch and 8-inch screen sizes, which are priced at $499 and $399, respectively.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    Firstyou said is $ 600.00 and attheend you said is $500.00 so whats the price anyway

    • gpt2010

      the $500 is for wifi only.

  • besweeet

    Seems a bit much for a Samsung tablet, no?

    And no band 4 3G or LTE?

    • Alex Wagner

      Those are the bands listed in Samsung’s announcement:

      http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150826005584/en/Galaxy-Tab-S2-Samsung’s-Powerful-Tablet#.Vd3VpLSmTXE

      I’ve reached out to T-Mobile for confirmation on the connectivity in its model, but I’m still waiting to hear back.

    • maximus1901

      Why do they need umts b4? They’ve upgraded most maybe all of their towers with b2 umts.
      I have an iPhone 4S and in moderate dense places I have 4-5 bars while outsude

      • besweeet

        Band 4 UMTS is still around. In most cases, it’s also still faster than band 2 UMTS. No real reason not to include it.

        • maximus1901

          Tmo is shutting down aws Hspa and has shutdown many markets as of now.
          NYC 10fdd AWS Hspa will be decreased to 5fdd end of 1q2016.

          Faster? How? Pcs downlink is at lower freq than AWS dl. AWS may be faster where you are at because not all sites have been upgraded to pcs Hspa and/or higher load from cheapos like me with my iPhone 4S.

          But all things being equal, AWS not better than pcs.

        • besweeet

          Frequency doesn’t immediately determine speeds.

          Doing some speed comparisons, my mindset might be because the AWS UMTS speeds before may have been before they cut it in half (for LTE to go from 15×15 to 20×20).

          – AWS (UARFCN of 1987): -92dBm, 44ms, 7.71Mbps down, 2.34Mbps up
          – PCS (UARFCN of 637): -90dBm, 47ms, 8.67Mbps down, 2.43Mbps up

  • pseudoswede

    I wish 9-10″ tablets would offer wireless charging capabilities. I’m holding on to my two HP TouchPads for as long as I can.

  • Chris

    Sounds like an awesome tablet! Wouldn’t spend that much on a tablet tho. I TRY to use my Nexus 7 and barely ever use it.

  • George

    I can’t find a single website that says if T Mobile will carry the galaxy tab S2 8 inch model also. It is under powered with last years specs at a high price but I need one. This article leaves a big question mark

    • icwhatudidthere

      Yeah, doesn’t look like it’s coming to T-Mobile. They didn’t carry the 8″ Tab S last year either.

    • Alex Wagner

      I asked T-Mobile which Galaxy Tab S2 model they’ll be selling and they only said the 9.7-inch.

      • George

        Thanks. I had a feeling they were going to do that since they only carried the Galaxy S 10.5 last year.

    • Andrew Singleton

      t-mobile will not. they just carried the tab A for smallermidrange.

  • icwhatudidthere

    Any word on promotions like the free Netflix last year?

  • Android_God

    $649.99?!?!?! LLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLLOLLLLHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAQHAHAHAHBWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHLOLOLOLOLROFLROFLROFLROFL

  • Only a FOOL would pay $650 for ANY TABLET

  • VG

    $650? Wait a month and the price will be slashed!

    • mingkee

      It has LTE/HSPA.
      Wi-Fi version will be $500.

    • Andrew Singleton

      tab S is still the same price as launch day.

  • StarMenace

    Still waiting for the Surface 3 LTE…

  • mingkee

    I may look into it.
    However, I already have Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 which are pretty good.

  • Ordeith

    No android tablet is worth that. Lame.

    • aaron

      indeed

    • Andrew Singleton

      “no android tablet” – are you favoring ipads, the tablets with the LEAST multi-tasking or mobile computing features of any tablet in the world?

  • Roger Sales

    The nexus 9 wasn’t worth 600$, this certainly isn’t worth 650.

  • maximus1901

    Well well. Looks like TMO’s not as uncarrier as we thought.

    The idiots are ORDERING Motorola to REMOVE Band 12 from UNLOCKED phones.

    Goigle: Why Is T-Mobile Telling Manufacturers To Remove Band 12 LTE Support From Some Unlocked Smartphones?

    • Jason

      Do some FURTHER RESEARCH before posting in some manic craze. They dont want to enable Band 12 on phones that DONT SUPPORT VOLTE. And the reason is quite simple. TMo plans on offering 700A in new areas without any current pcs or cell service and in those areas VOLTE is critical to the user experience. If they started selling band 12 some fool like you would buy one then whine when you get data service and not voice in say Missoula MT which will be a new market

      • maximus1901

        There’s plenty of places where I can make a phone call but not get data.
        I guess TMO should disable voice where I can’t get data?

        • Jason

          What? What does that even mean? Its very simple. If tmo released phones with band 12 and sold em, some fool would buy one and go ohhh it has Band 12 lte and why cant I get voice service?! They are rolling out solely band 12 deployments. That means the phones have to support BOTH VOICE AND DATA ON BAND 12 to qualify. Period end of story. If you dont like it, go suck a lemon.

        • maximus1901

          Wow you’re kinda slow.

          I’ll go slower just for you.

          TMO doesn’t want people to have
          A) data service
          When someone has no
          B) voice sevice
          I think that’s retarded

          It makes no more sense than TMO disabling
          B) voice service
          When someone has no
          A) data service

          Is that slow enough for you?

          Do you see how I switched (A) and (B)?
          Should I go slower?
          Let me know!

        • Jason

          Oh I wonder why that maybe. Maybe because they arent a Mobile Internet solely provider in those new markets? Yah think? Ya think it might affect ohh say CUSTOMER SATISFACTION if a phone didnt make phone calls on part of the network. Use your brain

        • maximus1901

          If TMO has enough influence to order moto to remove a feature from an unlocked phone – which is supposed to be free from carrier control – then it should force all oems to put volte on all b12 phones.

        • Jason

          And therein lies your real cause. Motorola was too cheap to include a more modern chipset into those phones. So thems the breaks. Get a band 12 phone with volte, which is like most of em now, or get one without band 12. I mean its all a temporary issue long term because even the most dirt cheap platform will have VOLTE by the next cycle.

        • Android_God

          But dude like the networks are like supposed to be all like free from like controlling the companies that like want to put their phones on their network duuuuuuuude….WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!

        • Android_God

          WOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWO!!!!!! W!!!!!!!!!! “If TMO has enough influence to order moto to remove a feature” Uuuuuuum IT’S THEIR PHUCKING NETWORK!! There is no conspiracy or dark motives here.

          On the flip side you’re fun to watch!

        • maximus1901

          It’s an unlocked phone meaning it won’t be sold in TMO stores either way. This isn’t CDMA. TMO cannot blacklist a phone from working on their network.

          Do you also support vzw when they refused to activate nexus 7 tablet because it’s their network?

        • GinaDee

          Did you fail comprehension class in grade school? Or maybe English isn’t your first language?

          Jason just explained to you (in English) why Band 12 support is being omitted on mobile OEM’s sold 3rd party unlocked.

          It only applies to devices that do not support VoLTE. This is to prevent people seeing full bars on their phone but not being able to make a call.

          VoLTE will soon be a part of every single phone manufactured and sold so this will soon be a moot issue unless you continue to buy the low end crap.

          Why don’t you relax and buy a compatible phone like everyone else. If you are that broke and insist on using a POS low end Android device unlocked 3rd party then there are cheaper prepaid carriers who will take you as a customer.

        • Android_God

          It appears you aren’t the one who is getting it and no one is buying into your BS conspiracy. Now you keep trying to argue your nonsensical position.

  • TK – Indy

    $650 is crazy, but paying for a tablet over a two-year period is even crazier. They are either broken or obsolete in 12 months, tops.

    • Unless you buy an iPad apparently. Even iPad 2s are still supported. That was released like 5 years ago.

    • Stumptown Retro

      Jump your tablet after 12. Never pay full price. Always up to date.

  • TheDonJ77

    I wanted a new tablet but with my recent purchase of my Note 5 and the price on this thing, I think I will pass

  • gmo8492

    Well, I expect another Samsung product to sell poorly yet again. No surprise here.

  • Mike Thaler

    Why pay $150+ extra for a tablet that takes a SIM that can connect directly to the system when you can get a plain tablet w. the same features and simply set up a hotspot with your phone and tether the tablet?

    • ssjchaseutley

      Hotspots aren’t free and these devices (while useful) are really meant for people with disposable income.

    • Philip

      I have the Tab S 10.5″ and I wonder if this is better?

      • Ordeith

        No, it still runs Android.

    • icwhatudidthere

      Battery life for one. My tablet has a much bigger battery so I won’t have to worry about tethering killing my phone battery.

    • Stumptown Retro

      Battery life sucks when using mobile hotspot. Also hotspot is finite even on unlimited plans. Dedicated data lines have the throttled data plans available meaning I can use my tablet even after my matched 5GB plan.

      Also, I can finance my tablet with no interest as opposed to shelling tons of cash out of pocket.

  • jonathan3579

    I was really hoping they’d get the 8 inch model this time around. Blah.

  • Android_God

    I heard T-Mobile is preventing certain phones from it’s network. Did you all hear about this?!?!?!

    • Stumptown Retro

      Only if they don’t support basic functions like e911, which is a safety concern, and VoLTE, which Is the future of cell communication. If even a cheap phone like the LG Leon can do this function why can’t any manufacturer make it happen?