Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series is just weeks away from its grand debut with the Galaxy S22 series. But surprisingly, an extensive leak (via) for the upcoming Samsung gadget Vin Bhavishya) has discussed everything there is to know about the three flagship tablets. At the top of the food chain is the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, while the two mainstream offerings are the standard Galaxy Tab S8 and its Plus version.
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Starting with the top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it’s a massive tablet, thanks to a 14.6-inch (2960 x 1848 pixels) OLED display that pushes it straight into the 2-in-1 category. The screen offers 120Hz refresh rate with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 on top to avoid scratches. At its heart is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system on a chip, paired with a generous 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. Interestingly, Samsung has retained the microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Apart from its massive footprint and beefy interiors, what stands out about the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the notch. And since no sane person will be using this Hawking glass-and-metal slab in portrait orientation for long, the notch has been topped with landscape use in mind. After all, when paired with the Folio Keyboard Case, the 14.6-inch screen turns it into an Android 12-powered laptop replacement. Rumors suggest that the 2022 iPad Pro refresh may also get the notch treatment.
The notch houses two cameras (12-megapixel primary and 12-megapixel ultrawide), and also houses the same number of snappers on the back, including a 13-megapixel main and 6-megapixel ultrawide. The battery inside is 11,200 mAh with support for fast charging. There’s also 5G, four Dolby Atmos-ready stereo speakers, and an S Pen.
For those concerned about the asking price, WinFuture estimates between 1,140 and 1,220 euros, which translates to around $1,300 to 1,400 depending on current conversion rates. Needless to say, this is going to be a pricey tablet that targets the M1-powered iPad Pro, but with some extra screen real estate in tow.
Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus
As for the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus, their specifications are almost identical, save for screen size and battery. The vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 sports an 11-inch panel (2560 x 1600 pixels), while the Plus model sports a 12.7-inch OLED (2800 x 1752 pixels) screen. The 120Hz screen refresh rate technology is shared in both models, and so there’s more room for expansion with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128/256GB of storage.
The rear camera hardware is almost identical to that of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, but the entry-level Galaxy Tab S8 and its Plus model only offer a 12-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The battery capacity of Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus is 8,000 mAh and 10,090 mAh respectively.
How much are these little tablets going to save you from your bank account? Samsung is said to be asking somewhere between 680 euros (about $775) and 900 euros (about $1,030) for the Galaxy Tab S8. For the larger Galaxy Tab S8+, WinFuture predicts the price tag to fall between EUR 1,040 (about $1,190) and EUR 1,220 (about $1,400). Again, this is quite a premium, but these are rough estimates, so take them as they are.