Samsung Galaxy Tab S 2 size vs. the Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

We leaked the specifications and features of the Galaxy Tab S 2 tablets earlier today, and as it stands right now, both the Galaxy Tab S 2 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7 are set to be thinner than the latest iPads from Apple. With screen sizes similar to the iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2, it’s impressive to see Samsung making the profiles of the two tablets so thin, with both maxing out at 5.4 mm.

If we compare the Tab S 2 8.0 to the iPad mini 3, the former is overall a tad smaller and noticeably thinner with dimensions of 198.2×134.5×5.4 mm (the iPad mini 3 is 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm). In case of the Tab S 2 9.7 and the iPad Air 2, the story is similar, with the Tab S 2 having a slightly more compact profile. Samsung’s upcoming tablets are considerably lighter as well, though that isn’t really surprising considering the overall dimensions.

DeviceGalaxy Tab S 2 8.0Apple iPad mini 3Galaxy Tab S 2 9.7Apple iPad Air 2
Dimensions198.2×134.5×5.4 m200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm237.1×168.8×5.4240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
Weight260 grams331 grams407 grams437 grams


The current-generation Apple iPads are impressive tablets when it comes to design, and it sure looks like Samsung is also increasing its focus on tablets with a premium construction, in addition to premium-feeling smartphones (like the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4, or the upcoming Galaxy S6). On phones, thin doesn’t necessarily mean better, but on tablets that have larger screens a compact profile can make all the difference, and it seems the Galaxy Tab S 2 will offer a solid mix of good design and high-end hardware when it launches later this year.


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u guys have to agree ipads are the best no matter what. and a slight decrease in weight doesnt make difference. my ipad air 1 is so light, you can toss it around. ipad air 2 is lighter but it doesnt make the 1st gen unbearable. same as the case for this samsung tablet.


the thin bezels in landscape mode is ridiclious. Who holds their tablet in landscape mode anyways? No one.

the thin bezels makes me accidently touch the screen in landscape mode.


Tablets aren’t much good for anything other than media consumption …. and for that, these tablets are the wrong shape …. unless of course you like the 1″ black bars at the top and bottom of your screen when watching movies.


johny jackson
johny jackson

I think
16: 10 is good for 11 inch – 15 inch laptop
16 : 9 is perfect for phone, monitor and TV
4 : 3 is best for 7 inch – 10 inch tablet

16 : 10 galaxy tab is weird ratio in portrait mode and too narrow verticallt in landscape mode. 4: 3 tab will help Sam. And I wish Sam also change latop display ratio. 16: 10 is better for document and webbrowsing


I don’t understand.. The above dimensions, if correct, would mean a drastic deterioration in screen-to-surface ratio – vertically to as bad as a Sony tablet and horizontally worse than last year’s model. Isn’t that supposwd to be a high-end device?