Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab S2, which is due to ship in August. As rumoured earlier this year, 8in and 9.7in variants will be available.
The original Galaxy Tab S released in 2014 measured 10.5in, but the new models are closer in size to the iPad Air and iPad Mini.
They are also thinner and lighter than the competing Apple tablets, despite using a metal frame in their construction. Both Galaxy Tab S2 models are 5.6mm thick, and weigh just 389g for the 9.7in version and 265g for the 8in version.
Both are equipped with Super AMOLED screens at 2048x1536 resolutions, along with octa-core processors (four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores) and 3GB of RAM.
They will run Android 5.0 Lollipop and feature 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via microSD.
Samsung is pitching the Galaxy Tab S2 as a device for "experiencing digital content", such as e-books, online magazines and newsfeeds.
However, the Korean firm has also confirmed the inclusion of a number of productivity-focused tools that may prove attractive to enterprise users. Microsoft Office Solutions will come pre-installed, offering Android versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
The Galaxy Tab S2 will also support Samsung's Multitasking feature, which enables two apps to run side-by-side on the same screen.
As on the Galaxy Tab S, a touch-based fingerprint sensor is included on the Galaxy Tab S2 for extra security, and Samsung said that additional but unspecified anti-malware software will be pre-installed.
"The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever, it also gives users quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features," said J K Shin, chief executive and president of Samsung Electronics' IT & Mobile Division.
"We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the most complete personal visual device designed for consumers to carry and use anywhere."
The announcement comes during a growth in the use of business tablets, while sales of the consumer-oriented iPad fall.
Our five-star Galaxy Tab S review praised the original for its enterprise appeal and built-in security measures, many of which it shares with the new Galaxy Tab S2.
The inclusion of Microsoft Office Solutions seems to be an attempt to add further appeal to this growing market for work-friendly tablets.
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