Premium Android tablets are few and far between right now, but Samsung is pushing ahead with an update to its Tab S series. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and 8.0 are now available for pre-order on Samsung's site, and will soon be live at Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. Remember, premium tablets come with a premium price tag. The WiFi-only Tab S2 starts at $399.99 for the 8.0 and $499.99 for the 9.7.
These tablets adopt the 4:3 aspect ratio Samsung tried out with the recent Tab A, but they do so with high-resolution (2048x1536) Super AMOLED panels. They also have 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage (with microSD), and an octa-core Exynos SoC (probably the older 5433). The 9.7 has a 5870mAh battery and the smaller tablet is just 4000mAh.
The pre-order page for the 32GB WiFi version of both tablets is up on Samsung's site right now. It should ship in 8-10 days (official release date is September 3rd). The LTE version of the tablets will be announced by carriers in due course, but T-Mobile has already done so (launching September 3rd as well). Getting the Tab S2 9.7 on Tmo's network will run you $649.99 spread out over 24 months. You can expect similar prices on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
AT&T has posted details on the Tab S2 9.7 as well. It'll be $0 down and $30 per month with an AT&T Tablet Installment plan, or $499.99 with a two-year agreement. Orders start September 4th.