We’re hearing a slow steady trickle of leaks from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, and it’s starting to sound like one of the best Android tablets we’ve seen, or could we say ‘them’ as it looks like there will be a Plus and Ultra Version of the blackboard too.
We initially thought the new family of slates would launch in August, that would be a year after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus fell, but with that month in the rearview mirror, our sights are set on January.
These tablets could be rivals to Apple’s main iPad Pro slate, especially the Plus and Ultra versions with their giant screens and superior processors, that is, if the rumors are correct about all the specs.
Below you’ll find a list of the top things we want from Samsung’s next top tablets, but before that we’ve included details on the likely launch date and price, along with the leaks and rumors that are starting to pile up. , and we will update this article every time we hear something new, so please check back regularly.
Come to the point
- What is it? Samsung’s next premium tablet
- When does it come out? Possibly early 2022
- How much will it cost? We don’t know, but it sure will be expensive
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 release date and price
A rumor about the release date points to early 2022 for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. That’s in line with another more recent rumor, which suggested that the range would land alongside the Samsung Galaxy S22, which we expect in or around January. Another source has now also said the same.
Some rumors suggested that the tablets would arrive in August 2021, a year after their predecessors, but time disproved those notions.
Price wise, there is no news there, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 started at $ 649.99 / £ 619 / AU $ 1,149, while the more expensive Galaxy Tab S7 Plus started at $ 849.99 / £ 799 / AU $ 1,549, for so prices may be similar for the next model. In any case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range could cost more, as the trend is for prices to rise.
Leaks and news
The first major Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leak to get 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 the latter being a great addition to the lineup. .
According to a leak, the Ultra’s 14.6-inch screen will have a 2960 x 1848 resolution.
We’ve seen some unofficial renders leaks now, to give us an idea of what the Tab S8 series will actually look like – you can see the renders of the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus, and the new Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (which may come with a notch on screen).
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Specs-wise, the tablets are said to have a maximum of 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the larger model, while 5G variants will be available. All three models are tipped to have 13MP + 5MP dual-lens cameras on the back, along with an 8MP camera on the front (although the Tab S8 Ultra apparently has a 5MP ultra-wide lens on the front, too). .
This leak also points to an 8,000 mAh battery in the standard Galaxy Tab S8, a 10,090 mAh battery in the Tab S8 Plus, and a 12,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
That’s a bit at odds with another leak though, which matches the battery size of the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, but suggests that the Ultra model has an 11,500 mAh, and subsequent leaks have backed that up.
As for the chipset, one 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 of early 2022.
With that said, we’ve heard elsewhere that all three models could use the Snapdragon 898 chipset. Also, all three slates can handle 45W charging, which is reasonably fast.
We can also predict a few things about the upcoming tablets. Based on the above form, two of these three models will probably be called the Galaxy Tab S8 and the 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 likely have an AMOLED display as well, and both will likely also have a 120Hz refresh rate and a high-end chipset (we expect this to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 or Snapdragon 888 Plus).
What we want to see
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and particularly the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are excellent slates, and the latter tops our list of best Android tablets, 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 only has one USB-C port, which limits its versatility somewhat.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, we’d like to see a second port added, and ideally a 3.5mm headphone port as well. Tablets don’t need to be as thin and compact as phones, so we consider the utility of having such a port to be greater than the space saved by removing it.
2. A competitive price
The Galaxy Tab S range is positioned at the higher end of the market, so these slates will always be expensive, but we noted in our Tab S7 review that the price is a bit too high actually, so we’d like to see the targeted. for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range.
We’re not convinced the price is going down, but stranger things have happened so our fingers are crossed.
3. A backlit keyboard cover
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 supports an optional keyboard cover, one that’s pretty good overall, but the fact that the keys aren’t backlit means it’s difficult to use in the dark.
It’s a small thing but it could make a big difference for some people, so we’d like the Galaxy Tab S8’s keyboard cover to have backlit keys.
4. An OLED screen on all models
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has an OLED screen, but the basic Tab S7 has a lower LCD screen, so for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 we want to see OLED on both models.
With more and more companies offering OLED displays on their devices and Apple now offering them on almost every iPhone, we think it’s reasonable that even the most basic slates in Samsung’s flagship range of tablets also use OLEDs.
Also, although Apple has embraced OLED in its phones, the iPad range still uses LCD, so this is one of the ways the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 could 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 prone they are to taking fingerprints, as we noted in our review.
This is a problem faced by many phones and tablets, but we would like Samsung to try to solve it for the Galaxy Tab S8, especially since tablets are not covered with cases as often as phones, so we want a back that is kept pristine.