It’s been over a year since Samsung launched its Galaxy S7 line of tablets, and while they’re still some of the most powerful Android tablets available, some of the specs (like the Snapdragon 865+ processor) are starting to look a bit dated.
The company has yet to officially unveil what’s next for its premium tablet lineup, but WinFuture has obtained pictures and specs for three upcoming tablets: the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Those specs were later confirmed by product listings that showed up on Amazon’s Italian website.
It looks like all three models will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which should bring a significant performance boost (although the decision not to use Samsung’s own Exynos 2200 processor might be another indication that the company’s first chip with AMD RDNA 2 graphics isn’t ready for prime time just yet).
It looks like Samsung will also offer some models with up to 16GB of RAM, which is twice as much as last the previous-gen, an updated camera system, and optional support for 5G for all models.
Rather than two screen sizes, it looks like the Galaxy Tab S8 series will also be available with a choice of three different screen sizes including the 11 inch Galaxy Tab S8, 12.7 inch Galaxy Tab S8+ and 14.6 inch Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
Only the largest model supports up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, while tablets with smaller screens will top out at 8GB and 256GB. The Ultra also has dual front-facing cameras, while the others have just one.
Fun fact: to make room for those dual cameras, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is also the only member of the lineup to feature a camera notch rather than a camera built into the bezel. Samsung seems to be subtly de-emphasizing that notch in promotional images by using wallpapers with dark color schemes.
All three tablets have high-resolution 120 Hz displays, but the entry-level model has an LTPS LCD display while the larger models will have Samsung Super AMOLED screens.
There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, but there’s a chance we may learn more about the tablets during a Samsung event scheduled for February 8, 2022. The company is expected to use that event to introduce its new Galaxy S22 smartphone series, but it’s possible the tablets could also make an appearance.
In the meantime, here are specs for the new tablets, according to WinFuture:
|Galaxy Tab S8||Galaxy Tab S8+||Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra|
2560 x 1600 pixels
2800 x 1752 pixels
2960 x 1848
|Software||Android 12, Samsung One UI 4.1|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (SM8450)|
8 x Kryo 680 CPU cores
4nm process technology
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 730|
|Memory / Storage||8GB RAM|
microSD card reader
|Connectivity||USB-C 3.2 Gen 1|
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, ANT+
|Other||Samsung S Pen (Handwriting Recognition and Air Gesture)|
Data Security Knox
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Cameras (rear)||13 MP primary camera (aperture f/2.0)|
6 MP ultra wide-angle lens (aperture f/2.2)
|Cameras (front)||12 MP (aperture f/2.4), webcam function||12 MP (f/2.4 aperture)|
12 MP (f/2.2 aperture)
|Dimensions||253.8 x 165.4 x 6.3mm||285 x 185 x 5.7mm||208.6 x 326.4 x 5.5m|
|Weight||507 grams||567 grams||728 grams|
You can find more pictures of each tablet at WinFuture.
This article was originally published January 14, 2022 and last update January 2022 with new information from product listings at Amazon Italy.
Quite annoying that Samsung have apparently decided not to use Amoled in the “cheap” and smaller version of the premium Tab S line anymore. That means if you want a more compact and lighter tablet with an oled display, you’re stuck with either the two generations old Tab S6 or something from other vendors – although right now, no one comes to mind with oled, pen support and around 400-450g weight. any hints would be very welcome!
Am with Samsung Here, not All people wants Oled display, Make sense to give Alternative.
There we have it, directly from Samsung themselves: “not All people wants Oled display”.
The thing with these premiums tablets is that they cost as much as laptops. So for a similar price I’d rather get an x86_64 environment and be able to run just about anything besides being stuck with Android. I’m sure the battery life is nicer but… eh..
Agree completely. I’m not spending this kind of money on something that has a software selection limited to an app store, and an update future that is decided by the manufacturer.
I’d rather buy something with Windows, and gives me the option of installing Linux.
People don’t buy these tablets to replace laptops. The S8 ultra is the ultimate video watching device. You might not want to spend over $1000 for that but some people do. Some people prefer a TV to watch movies, and spend way more than that on a TV, some don’t want a TV, as they want to be able to move around…. And find me a Windows tablet of that size (over 14in), let alone weight, with decent battery life (and good speakers). If simply does not exist.
I wasn’t saying that these would work as laptop replacements, which is kind of the main problem in the first place. If I am going to spend somewhere in the area of $1000, I might as well get a full blown laptop. It might sacrifice in some areas like standby time and what not, but at least it will be a fully usable device for my thousand beans instead of a tablet with what is essentially a phone OS. Real multitasking, the ability to install many many more apps, and so on. I don’t really feel like digging through what’s available that’s comparable to a tablet of this caliber, but just as a quick comparison the Macbook Air M1 base model is under 1000 dollars, has an good (slightly smaller) screen, battery life, and sound in a small and light package that would be plenty fine for media viewing but you’d also be able to use a full desktop environment instead of a tablet oriented one. Personally I would prefer a Windows environment and there are some models that come somewhat close.
I have nothing against tablets. I enjoy using my cheapy Amazon Fire HD10 from 2017 when I’m cooking or washing dishes, but to pay $1000 to do that for a slightly nicer experience? Mmmm, no thanks.
No, you are just repeating the same stuff you wrote above. You are just trying to compare a tablet and a laptop. Do you think that people that buy a 14.6 tablet don’t already have a laptop or even several of them? I already have a Intel Macbook air and will probably upgrade to the M2 one once it’s out. I also have Windows laptops, including a couple of very light ones, under 1KG.
The Macbook is still quite a bit more uncomfortable than a 700gr tablet to move around with one hand around the house while I watch a movie. And I am “replacing” a TV not a laptop with a device I can move around, so 14.6in screen is better than 13.3… Find me 15in laptop that weights less than 800gr, has 10 hours of battery life and great sound and then we’ll talk… Until then this is better device for that purpose, not as a do it all device. And again people spend thousands of dollars on TVs, which don’t replace laptops…
I think people should stop thinking people buy tablets instead of laptops. Tablets replace pen and paper, TVs and even portable monitors, not laptops, unless your usage is so basic that you don’t need a laptop anyway…
Buy yourself dishwasher, save tons of money on water/electricity bills in mid term.
Now you can “afford” to get yourself nice >1000$ tablet with gorgeous screen.
But to be serious, I hope you do understand that youre comparing apples to oranges with each having their roles.
I think watching videos on a laptop, particularly one with a 360 degree hinge, is just fine, really. It’s heavier than a tablet, sure, but as long as it weighs about as much or less than the Thinkpad L440 I used to have I’m fine with it.
No optional/included keyboard cover?
i need fedora or postmarket, arch on this device
no emulator, normal native
i buy it!
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