Monday, 14 September 2015 18:40

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 finally on sale at retail in Australia


Samsung’s ultra-thin 5.6mm Galaxy Tab S2 tablets, in 8 and 9.7-inch sizes, finally go on sale in Australia, gunning for iPads, Androids and Surface competitors.

If you’ve been waiting for Samsung’s thinnest and most powerful Android tablets to arrive, your wait is nearly over.

As I type, it is Monday, 14 September, with Samsung’s tablets going on sale tomorrow - 15 September, which is likely today as you’re reading this email.

Both tablets run as smooth as silk, come in 4G SIM-enabled and Wi-Fi only versions, with the SIM-equipped versions even including a phone dialler, allowing you to have a tablet sized phone experience should you desire it, although you’ll either need to talk in speakerphone mode or use a wired or wireless headset.

iTWire colleague Ray Shaw first wrote about Samsung’s new Tab S2’s back in July, in an article entitled ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - thinner and lighter’, and listed all the specs, as well as the expectation that the new tablets would go on sale in August.

Well, we’re mid-way through September, so the on-sale date slipped slightly, but they are unquestionably the very best Android tablets on the market at the moment - and they are insanely thin!

I was able to attend the launch of Samsung’s S2 tablets last week, and wrote up both my initial hands-on views, and included a video of the tablets being launched by the company’s VP of IT and Mobile in Australia, Prasad Gokhale.

My article was entitled ‘VIDEO: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, thinnest and best Android tablet yet,’ with both linked articles offering plenty more information.

So, what do they cost?

Well, you’ll be able to buy the 32GB, 9.7-inch version with Wi-Fi for $599, while the same model with the addition of 4G is $749.

The 32GB 8-inch Wi-Fi only model will sell for $499, while the same model equipped with 4G is $649.

Telcos are likely to offer devices on plans which can spread the cost over a contract term - check with your favourite telco for more detail. 

You can order either tablet (along with other Samsung tablets including the A series and A series with S-Pen) at Samsung’s site or from leading telco operators and the usual suite of retailers.

It will be interesting to see how Samsung’s tablets fare against the new iPad Mini 4, the existing iPad Air 2 (which hasn’t been upgraded for 2015) and also the upcoming iPad Pro, although with the Pro a 12.9-inch device, that tablet is in a different category.

So… if you’re an Android fan and are looking to replace an older Android tablet and want an upgrade to the latest and greatest, it’s definitely worth taking a look at Samsung’s Galaxy S2 models in stores.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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