Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series is just weeks away from its big debut alongside the Galaxy S22 series. But unsurprisingly for an upcoming Samsung gadget, a full leak (via WinFuture) has said it all about everything there is to know about the three flagship tablets. At the top of the food chain is the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, while the two mainstream offerings are the standard Galaxy Tab S8 and its Plus variant.
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Starting with the high-end Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it’s a giant tablet, thanks to a massive 14.6-inch (2960 x 1848 pixel) OLED display that pushes it straight into the 2-in-1 category. The display offers a 120Hz refresh rate, with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 on top to prevent scratches. At its heart is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system on a chip, paired with a generous 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. Interestingly, Samsung retains the microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Aside from its gigantic footprint and beefy innards, what stands out about the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the notch. And since no sane person would use this towering glass and metal slab in portrait orientation for long, the notch was positioned at the top with landscape use in mind. After all, when paired with a folio keyboard case, the 14.6-inch display turns it into an Android 12-powered laptop replacement. Rumors suggest the 2022 iPad Pro refresh could also benefit from the notch treatment.
The notch houses two cameras (12-megapixel primary and 12-megapixel ultra-wide), and there are an equal number of snappers on the rear too, including a 13-megapixel main and a 6-megapixel ultra-wide. The battery inside is rated at 11,200mAh with support for fast charging. It also includes 5G, four Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers, and an S Pen.
For those intrigued by the asking price, WinFuture throws in a rough estimate between 1,140-1,220 Euros, which translates to around $1,300-1,400 based on current conversion rates. Needless to say, this will be an expensive tablet that squarely targets the M1-powered iPad Pro, but with an extra screen to boot.
Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus
As for the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus, their specifications are almost identical except for the screen size and the battery. The vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 offers an 11-inch panel (2560 x 1600 pixels), while the Plus model sports a 12.7-inch OLED screen (2800 x 1752 pixels). The 120Hz screen refresh rate technology is shared between the two models, as is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage with additional room for expansion.
The rear camera hardware is nearly identical to the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, but the entry-level Galaxy Tab S8 and its Plus model only offer a single 12-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls. . The battery capacity is said to be 8,000 mAh and 10,090 mAh for the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus, respectively.
How much will these little tablets take out of your bank account? Well, Samsung is said to be asking between 680 euros (about $775) and 900 euros (about $1,030) for the Galaxy Tab S8. For the larger Galaxy Tab S8+, WinFuture predicts the price will be between 1,040 euros (about $1,190) and 1,220 euros (nearly $1,400). Again, that’s quite high, but these are rough estimates, so take them as they are.