We’ve had a year filled with leaks related to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablets, so we were no strangers to their features. However it was only on February 9th that these devices came to life during the Unpacked event dedicated to the Galaxy S22 series. The new tablet series includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 basic model, the Tab S8+ and the flagship Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Let’s check them out.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
We start with the flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is the biggest Galaxy Tab S there’s been till now, at 14.6 inches. It’s got a Super AMOLED screen with a 2960 x 1848 pixel resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate (variable). It’s also got a notch, which is a weird choice as Apple is getting ready to get rid of it. Samsung also trimmed down the bezels of the screen to a mere 6.3 mm and also inserted two 12 MP cameras in the notch.
We’re dealing with a regular camera and also an ultrawide shooter with 120 degree field of view. It can capture 4K video. At the back side there’s another dual camera, with a 13 MP main sensor and 6 MP ultrawide cam. Specs also include quad speakers tuned by AKG and an in display fingerprint scanner. Making the device work is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, offered with 8, 12 or 16 GB of RAM and 128, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage, also expandable via microSD.
The OS is Android 12 with One UI 4.1 on top. Finally, a 11.200 mAh battery with 45W charging provides a day of use on paper. The starting price is $1100.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8+
These two share the same specs, except for the battery and diagonal. They’re powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and feature an aluminum body. We find a special magnetic strip at the back, that lets you charge your S-Pen. Tab S8 also has an 11 inch LTPS TFT display with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S8+ has a 12.4 inch Super AMOLED panel with a 2800 x 1752 pixel resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate.
The Tab S8 opts for a side placed fingerprint scanner, while the Tab S8+ packs an in display fingerprint scanner. The two have the same camera setup: 12 MP ultrawide selfie and dual back camera, with 13 MP main shooter, plus 6 MP ultrawide cam. On the sound side there’s a quad speaker AKG tuned setup. Bundled S-Pen styli are here. 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM are available, as well as 256 GB or 512 GB of storage plus microSD.
The OS is Android 12 and One UI 4.1 is on top. The smaller model has an 8000 mAh battery and the bigger one a 10.090 mAh battery and both have 45W charging. The smaller model goes for $700 and the bigger for $900.