We’ve been hearing a slow and steady drip of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leaks, and it’s starting to sound like one of the best Android tablets we’ve seen – or we can say ‘they’, because it seems There will also be a Lite and Ultra version of the Slate as well.
Initially, we thought the new family of slates would launch in August — which would be a year after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus dropped — but with that month in the rear-view mirror, our Sights are set in January and beyond.
These tablets could rival Apple’s top iPad Pro slates, especially in the Plus and Ultra versions with their huge screens and top processors — that is, if the rumors are true about all the specs.
Below you’ll find a list of the main things we want out of Samsung’s next top tablets, but before that we’ve included details about a possible release date and price, as well as leaks and rumors that will debut. We’ve been there – and we’ll be updating this article whenever we hear something new, so stay tuned regularly.
The latest major leak suggests that Samsung may include a notch on its next-gen flagship tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: Cut to the Chase
- What is this? Next Premium Samsung Tablet
- When is it out? probably early 2022
- How much will it cost? We don’t know, but it’s sure to be expensive
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 release date and price
Rumors of a release date point to early 2022 for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. This is in line with another recent rumor, which suggested that the range would land alongside the Samsung Galaxy S22, which we are expecting in or around January. Another source has now said the same thing.
Some rumors suggested that the tablets would arrive in August 2021, a year after their predecessors, but Time debunked those assumptions.
As for price, there’s no news there, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 started at $649.99 / £619 / AU$1,149, while the pricier Galaxy Tab S7 Plus started at $849.99 / £799 / AU$1,549, so prices remain the same. Maybe the next model. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range may cost more, as the trend is for a price hike.
design and performance
The first major Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leak to catch our attention reveals a lot about the upcoming slate, which will apparently be available in 11-inch, 12.4-inch and 14.6-inch variations – with that last one of the line. A great addition.
According to a leak, the Ultra’s 14.6-inch screen will have a resolution of 2960 x 1848.
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We’ve now seen some unofficial render leaks to give us an idea of what the Tab S8 series will actually look like: You can see renders of the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus and the new Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Which may come with the display notch).
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A leak from AvLeaks provides further proof of the rumored notch that includes more imagery of the upcoming tablet. You can see each of these below:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus and S8 Ultra. pic.twitter.com/tQZNW30Dn1December 6, 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Lite is also expected, but we haven’t heard anything about the design of this tablet yet. We expect it to have a screen the same size as the Galaxy Tab S8, or maybe a touch smaller.
specs and features
Coming to the specifications, the tablet is said to top out at 12GB RAM and 512GB storage for the largest model, while 5G variants will be available. All three models are said to have dual-lens 13MP + 5MP cameras on the back as well as an 8MP camera on the front (though the Tab S8 Ultra apparently also has a 5MP ultra-wide lens on the front) ).
The leak also points to an 8,000mAh battery in the standard Galaxy Tab S8, 10,090mAh battery in the Tab S8 Plus, and 12,000mAh battery in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
While this is a bit at odds with another leak, which agrees on the size of the battery in the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, but suggests the Ultra model has 11,500 mAh, and later leaks backed it up.
As for the chipset, a leak points to the Exynos 2200 being used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and the Snapdragon 898 being used in the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. These are expected to be the two fastest Android chipsets by early 2022.
That said, we have heard elsewhere that all three models could use the Snapdragon 898 chipset. Additionally, the three slates can support 45W charging, which is pretty fast.
We can also make some guesses about the upcoming tablet. Based on the previous form, two of these three models will be called the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. Meanwhile the top model is rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
The Plus and Ultra models will probably also have an AMOLED screen, and will likely both have a 120Hz refresh rate and a top-end chipset (we’re expecting it to be the Snapdragon 888 or the Snapdragon 888 Plus from Qualcomm).
what do we want to see
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and especially the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are excellent slates, the latter at the top of our best Android tablets list, but they’re not perfect. Here’s what Samsung can do to make the Tab S8 even better.
1. More Ports
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is almost a laptop, especially once you add the optional keyboard accessory, but it has just one USB-C port, which limits its versatility a bit.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 we’d like to add a second port, and ideally a 3.5mm headphone port as well. Tablets don’t need to be as thin and compact as phones, so we believe the usefulness of such a port outweighs the space saved by removing it.
2. A Competitive Price
The Galaxy Tab S range is positioned at the high end of the market, so these slates are always going to be expensive, but we noted in our Tab S7 review that the price is actually a bit high, so we wanted to see which Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range is addressed to.
We’re not sure if the price will go down, but stranger things have happened, so we’ve got our fingers crossed.
3. A Backlit Keyboard Cover
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 supports an optional keyboard cover, which is generally great, but the fact that the keys aren’t backlit means it’s hard to use in the dark.
It’s a small thing, but could make a big difference for some people, so we wish the Galaxy Tab S8’s keyboard cover had backlit keys.
4. An OLED Screen on All Models
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has an OLED screen, but the original Tab S7 has a substandard LCD, so for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 we’d like to see OLED on both models.
With more and more companies offering OLED screens on their devices and with Apple now offering them on almost every iPhone, we think it’s worth using OLED for even the most basic slate in Samsung’s flagship tablet range.
Plus, while Apple has embraced OLED on its phones, the iPad range actually still uses LCD, so this is one way the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 can stand out.
5. A Fingerprint Resistant Back
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus have an aluminum back and a premium look and feel, but one thing that spoils the look a bit is how likely they are to pick up fingerprints, as that we noted in our review.
It’s a problem that many phones and tablets face, but it’s a problem we want the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 to try and solve, especially with tablet cases not covering phones as often. So we want a back that remains pristine.
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