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Samsung thinks it’s found a new way to ‘kill’ the iPad

Published Feb 16th, 2015 5:15PM EST
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Rumors
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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 models aren’t the company’s only new flagship devices, a new report from SamMobile indicates, as the South Korean giant is also developing a second-generation line of premium tablets to better take on Apple’s iPad Air 2.

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According to the publication, the Galaxy Tab S2 models will be even thinner than the iPad Air 2, which is Apple’s thinnest iPad to date. In fact, the slim profile of the iPad Air 2 was the subject of some of Apple’s first commercials for the new product. The iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick, significantly thinner than the iPad Air (7.5mm) and the iPad minis (7.5mm to 7.2mm depending on model), and even thinner than the iPhone 6 handsets.

It’s not clear how thin the Galaxy Tab S2 tablets will be, though the publication has learned other things about their design and build quality. Samsung is going to have several new Tab S2 models in stores, including 8-inch and a 9.7-inch versions, and it will use “premium materials” for them, such as a metal frame, “to make it feel even more premium,” as SamMobile puts it.

Other details about the new Galaxy Tab S2 models, including availability information, have not been shared.

Meanwhile, Apple is expected to sell fewer iPads this year than before, continuing its downward trend, though analysts still see the company selling as many as 45 million units in 2015. In 2014, Apple sold 63.4 million iPads, with Samsung coming in second with 40.2 million units shipped, according to recent data published by IDC.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.