Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series Launched With Flagship Specs

Is this the iPad killer we've been waiting for?

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The company has introduced three new models.

These models are the Tab S8, S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. All three have different display sizes and other configurations but they share the same 4nm octa-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Tab S8Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
BuildArmor Aluminum
Armor AluminumArmor Aluminum
Display11-inch 2560×1600 276ppi LTPS TFT with up to 120Hz refresh rate 12.4-inch 2800×1752 266ppi Super AMOLED with up to 120Hz refresh rate14.6-inch 2960×1848 (WQXGA+) 240ppi Super AMOLED with up to 120Hz refresh rate
CamerasRear: 13MP wide + 6MP Ultrawide rear cameras
Front: 12 MP Ultrawide
Rear: 13MP wide + 6MP Ultrawide rear cameras
Front: 12 MP Ultrawide
Rear: 13MP wide + 6MP Ultrawide rear cameras
Front: 12 MP Ultrawide + 12 MP Wide
RAM + Storage8/12GB + 128/256GB
microSD up to 1 TB
8/12GB + 128/256GB
microSD up to 1 TB
8/12/16GB + 128/256/512GB
microSD up to 1 TB
OSAndroid 12Android 12Android 12
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1
4nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
4nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
4nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Connectivity5G, LTE, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, USB Type-C (3.2)5G, LTE, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, USB Type-C (3.2)5G, LTE, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, USB Type-C (3.2)
SecuritySide key mounted fingerprint scanner
Samsung Knox with Samsung Vault
In-display fingerprint scanner
Samsung Knox with Samsung Vault
In-display fingerprint scanner
Samsung Knox with Samsung Vault
Battery8,000mAh
45-watt fast charging
10,090mAh
45-watt fast charging
11,200mAh
45-watt fast charging
In-The-BoxSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 with S Pen and Type-C cable.Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ with S Pen and Type-C cable.Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with S Pen (BLE) and Type-C cable.
ColorsGraphite, Silver, Pink GoldGraphite, Silver, Pink GoldGraphite
PriceFrom $699From $899From $1,099

Despite the shared processor, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra stands out because of the massive display, 16GB top RAM, and 512GB internal storage. Add Samsung Dex to the mix, and the Tab S8 Ultra can be a laptop replacement for most users.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Image: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series also packs quad stereo speakers with sound by AKG and Dolby Atmos support. Samsung has also maintained a landscape aspect ratio which means there will be thinner black bars when you’re watching a video.

On the environmental side of things, the Galaxy Tab S8 series is partially made of recycled plastics. This plastic comes from discarded fishing nets that would’ve otherwise ended up in the ocean. Also, there’s no charge in the box either.

Tab S8 Series Accessories

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
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When you go after a segment, you better go at it with full force. It seems like Samsung took the challenge seriously and has delivered accessories to match its flagship Android tablets. The Tab S8 Ultra will get a new Ultra Book Cover Keyboard. It is a backlit keyboard that comes with a glass trackpad.

Galaxy Tab S8 Series Price And Availability

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Price
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 starts at $699 for the base model. All three models will be available for pre-order starting today. If you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, you’ll get a keyboard case free.

Given the specifications, these are solid iPad alternatives. It packs 5G, massive batteries, and Samsung’s optimized user interface. Given the $699 base price and $1,099 top model, the tablets directly challenge the iPad Air as well as the iPad Pro.

However, the iPad comes with optimized apps and a massive app library to use the screen real-estate and the Apple Pencil. But Google has also been working on Android for bigger screens.

Samsung also announced that the company has been working with Google and more updates are on the way. In terms of experience, the Tab S8 already has features like Auto-framing, optimized Luma Fusion, and Samsung Dex.

Rich Miner, one of Android’s co-founders is now working on optimizing Android for tablets. Google has been actively recruiting more engineers to work on the same. So Samsung’s tablets can be the beginning of a bigger picture where Android tablets give iPads a run for their money.

This story is developing.

Manik Berry

Manik Berry

With a Master’s degree in journalism, Manik writes about big tech and has a keen eye for political-tech news. In his free time, he’s browsing the Kindle store for new stuff read. Manik also adores his motorcycle and is looking for new routes on weekends. He likes tea and cat memes. You can reach him at [email protected]

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