Although not an official statement from Samsung, these listings on benchmarking website Geekbench is an indicator that the Galaxy Tab S2 is currently being tested for the new Android Nougat OS. Be warned that the Tab S2 8.0 has two variants – one released in 2015 and the other in 2016. As per this listing, the confirmed variant is the latter, which is just a revised version of the original Tab S2 that came in September 2015.
At launch, the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 came with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box as opposed to the original model that came with Android Lollipop. Still, both variants from 2015 and 2016 should be upgraded to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat sooner or later. The same should also be true for the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2, which was also unveiled in 2015 but has a 2016 variant as well. The variant listed with model number SM-T813 is from last year and like the 8.0-inch variant, it had Android Marshmallow out of the box.
It is somehow strange to see Samsung testing two different versions of Android Nougat on basically the same device, but as earlier noted, this Geekbench listing is not an official statement from Samsung, so take it with a little skepticism.
Whether Samsung will refresh both sizes of the Galaxy Tab S2 when it unveils the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3 is not known. So far, lots of rumors have been revolving around the 9.7-inch variant, but there is little talk about the 8.0-inch variant. The new Tab S3 will be unveiled in two weeks’ time at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned and we’ll update you with more details.