Here’s all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

After a few quiet months, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leaks have picked up steam, and it’s starting to sound like one of the best Android tablets we’ve seen – or we could say ‘they’ are, as it appears that there will be a Plus, Ultra, and possibly Lite version of the slate as well (though we haven’t heard much about the Lite model, so it may be a little further away if it does arrive at all).

Initially, we anticipated that the new slates would be available in August – a year after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus were released – but now that August has passed, our sights have been set on January and beyond – with February now looking more likely than ever.

These tablets might be direct competitors to Apple’s top-tier iPad Pro slates, particularly the Plus and Ultra models, which have large displays and powerful CPUs – that is, assuming the speculations regarding their specifications are accurate.

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of all the leaks and rumors that have surfaced so far concerning the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup — and we’ll be updating this post as soon as we learn of any new information, so be sure to check back frequently.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8:

  • What exactly is it? Samsung’s next high-end tablet is expected to be released soon.
  • When will it be available? February 9th is a possibility.
  • How much will it set you back? We don’t know, but it will almost certainly be pricey.

Release date and pricing information for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2022, according to one report. In accordance with another more recent rumor, which stated that the range will be released alongside the Samsung Galaxy S22, which we anticipate to see in February – especially since that Samsung has announced it would conduct an Unpacked event during that month – this is a possibility. Another source has now confirmed that the same is true.

More precisely, a source has now stated that Samsung’s next tablet line would be released on February 9, which is a date that is rapidly approaching.

According to a leak, the regular model will start at €700 (about $800 / £585 / AU$1,105), the Plus will start at €900 (approximately $1,025 / £750 / AU$1,420) for the lowest storage option, and the Ultra will start at €1,050 (approximately $1,200 / £875 / AU$1,660).

Prices in other locations, on the other hand, might be considerably variable, thus those conversions should be treated with caution.

Costs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 began at $649.99 / £619 / AU$1,149, while the more expensive Galaxy Tab S7 Plus began at $849.99 / £799 / AU$1,549, suggesting that prices for the next generation will be comparable. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 line, on the other hand, is likely to be more expensive in the future, given the upward trend in costs.

Design and Display

An Amazon Italy page for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has the most comprehensive information about the device to date, including a detailed listing of the whole range.

This item (which includes the photographs below) indicates that there are three different sizes of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablets available: the 11-inch 1600 x 2560 Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, the 12.4-inch 1752 x 2800 Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, and the 14.6-inch 1848 x 2960 Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

The description also indicates that the Galaxy Tab S8 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus will be available in a choice of silver, rose gold, or gray hues, with the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra appearing to only be available in gray.

There have also been reports of color options for the Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra, with the Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra all appearing to be available in a Dark Gray shade, with the two cheaper models also appearing to be available in silver – though there is no mention of rose gold in this leak.

Until that time, the photos above (along with others supplied by leaker Evan Blass) show us what we believe to be the official design, which fits up with several previous leaks, as do the specifications.

For example, one leak reveals a great deal about the upcoming slate, which will reportedly be available in 11-inch, 12.4-inch, and 14.6-inch sizes, while another leak claims that the Ultra’s 14.6-inch screen will have a 2960 x 1848 resolution, as mentioned above, and that its bezels will be 6.3mm thick, according to the same leak.

Specs and Features

According to an Amazon listing, all three variants will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, with an option of Wi-Fi-only or 5G connection, as well as between 128GB and 512GB of internal storage (the latter only available on the Ultra).

The listing also specifies Android 12, a 13MP camera, an integrated S Pen pen, and an 8,000mAh battery in the case of the basic Galaxy Tab S8, with the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and Tab S8 Ultra both having a 10,090mAh battery and the Tab S8 Ultra having an 11,200mAh battery, respectively.

As previously reported, the tablets will have up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the biggest model, however one source claims that up to 16GB of RAM will be available. Additionally, 5G variations will most likely also be made available, according to prior leaks.

However, according to one major leak, the 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage claims are just for the Ultra tablet, while the basic and Plus tablets will feature 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, according to the same source.

All three versions are also expected to come with dual-lens 13MP+5MP cameras on the back, as well as an 8MP camera on the front, according to reports (though the Tab S8 Ultra apparently also has a 5MP ultra-wide lens on the front).

Despite this, another source claims that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will include a secondary camera of 6MP on the back, as well as a pair of 12MP cameras on either side of the device.

One of these rumors also suggests that the basic Galaxy Tab S8 will have an 8,000mAh battery, while the Tab S8 Plus will have a 10,090mAh battery and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra would have a 12,000mAh battery.

That’s at contrast with another source, which agrees on the size of the battery in the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus but indicates the Ultra variant has a battery with a capacity of 11,500mAh, which has now been confirmed by additional leaks. Even said, we’ve recently heard talk of a single 11,200mAh battery in the top-of-the-line model, so this particular specification is still up in the air.

The Exynos 2200 chipset, according to one source, will be utilized in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, according to another leak. These are projected to be the two fastest Android chipsets available in the first quarter of 2022.

Having said that, we’ve heard from other sources (such as the Amazon listing linked above) that all three variants may be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU. Additionally, the three slates may be able to handle 45W charging, which is a quite quick charge.

Additionally, we’ve heard rumblings regarding the software, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (and likely the rest of the line) reportedly running Android 12 under the hood, with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 on top. There are additional features like an Extra Dim mode and a dedicated Samsung Health app, according to reports.

What are our expectations

Despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and, in particular, the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are outstanding tablets, with the latter leading our list of the best Android tablets, they are not without flaws. Here’s what Samsung can do to improve the Tab S8’s performance even further.

1. More ports

It’s almost as good as a laptop when you pair it with the extra keyboard attachment, but it just has one USB-C connector, which restricts its usefulness a little.

As a result, we’d want to see a second port added to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack in the perfect world. Because tablets don’t have to be as thin and compact as phones, we believe that the utility of having a USB port outweighs the space savings that would result from eliminating it.

2. A competitive price

Given that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S lineup is aimed at consumers who value high-end technology, these tablets are always going to be pricey. However, we observed in our Tab S7 review that the pricing is a little too high, and we’d like to see that rectified with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup.

However, stranger things have happened in the past, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a decrease in price.

3. A backlit keyboard cover

A keyboard cover for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is available as an optional accessory, and while it is generally well-designed, the fact that the keys are not illuminated makes it difficult to use in the dark.

We’d want the keyboard cover for the Galaxy Tab S8 to feature lighted keys, which is a little detail but one that might make a significant difference to certain individuals.

4. An OLED screen on all models

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus boasts an OLED screen, but the standard Tab S7 is stuck with an inferior LCD screen, therefore we hope to see OLED screens on both variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 when it launches next year.

Due to the increasing number of firms that are delivering OLED panels on their devices, as well as the fact that Apple now offers them on practically every iPhone, we believe it is appropriate for even the most basic slates in Samsung’s flagship tablet line to employ OLED as well as other technologies.

Furthermore, while Apple has adopted OLED technology on its phones, the iPad line-up is still mostly comprised of LCD displays, which is one manner in which the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 might distinguish itself.

5. A fingerprint-resistant back

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus feature an aluminum back, giving them a luxury look and feel. However, as we mentioned in our review, one thing that detracts from the premium appearance is how easily they pick up fingerprints.

The Galaxy Tab S8 will experience this issue, which is one that many phones and tablets have faced in the past. However, because tablets are not covered by covers as regularly as phones, we would want to see Samsung attempt to resolve it with the Galaxy Tab S8.

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