Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series launched: Ultra specs, mega price

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with keynboard angled

It’s been a while since we’ve seen new flagship tablets from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab S7 series proved the company could go up against Apple’s iPads in the premium slate space. Now, it’s hoping to finally outdo its rival with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 line.

Samsung is bringing three new models to market alongside the newly announced Galaxy S22 series, and for the first time, an Ultra offering, too. There are a few commonalities between the trio.

For starters, all Galaxy Tab S8 models include Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets. There are no Exynos 2200 models, so wherever you live, you’ll get the Snapdragon. That chip should give this edition a healthy processing power boost over the outgoing duo. You’ll also notice the absence of a headphone jack, even on the base Galaxy Tab S8, but all three feature 45W charging via a USB-C 3.2 port and a bundled S Pen.

As for capture and playback, a 13MP primary camera at the rear with a supporting 6MP ultrawide is standard across the board. Four AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos support are also present on each.

Finally, Samsung is upping its own high water mark for issuing upgrades. The Galaxy Tab S8 series, like the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, and its foldables will receive four generations of Android upgrades with five years of security patches. This means the Android 12 slates will receive Android 16 in the distant future. Notably, the Galaxy Tab S7 line won’t be a part of these new upgrade plans.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 rear panel

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Let’s talk unique features now. Starting at the top, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the highest-profile model in the lineup. It’s fronted by a decidedly big-for-a-tablet 14.6-inch AMOLED display with a 2,960 x 1,848 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner, a spec it shares with its Plus sibling.

This screen size makes the Ultra the best option for those seeking a laptop replacement. It isn’t blemish-free, though. A noticeable notch is positioned on the Tab S8 Ultra’s right-hand side. It’s reminiscent of Apple’s new MacBook line but does pack additional functionality. Two 12MP snappers, a primary and ultrawide, provide different experiences for those perpetually locked in video calls. We don’t expect everyone to appreciate this decision by Samsung.

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The other headlining feature is the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s massive battery. It crams 11,200mAh into its relatively brief 5.6mm thick shell. This does come with a substantial weight penalty — you’re looking at a hefty 726g slate.

Finally, the big numbers continue with the RAM and storage. Buyers can get up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expansion, too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series specs

Galaxy Tab S8 Galaxy Tab S8 Plus Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Display

Galaxy Tab S8

11-inch LCD
2560 x 1600
276ppi
120Hz refresh rate
276ppi

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

12.7-inch AMOLED
2800 x 1752
266ppi
120Hz refresh rate
266ppi

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

14.6-inch AMOLED
2960 x 1848
240ppi
120Hz refresh rate
240ppi

CPU / GPU

Galaxy Tab S8

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM

Galaxy Tab S8

8GB RAM

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

8GB RAM

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

8/12/16GB RAM

Storage

Galaxy Tab S8

128/256GB
microSD card support

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

128/256GB
microSD card support

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

128/256/512GB
microSD card support

Connectivity

Galaxy Tab S8

USB-C 3.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
5G support (optional)

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

USB-C 3.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
5G support (optional)

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

USB-C 3.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
5G support (optional)

Audio

Galaxy Tab S8

Dolby Atmos support
Quadruple stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
3 microphones

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Dolby Atmos support
Quadruple stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
3 microphones

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Dolby Atmos support
Quadruple stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
3 microphones

Cameras

Galaxy Tab S8

REAR
– 13MP main with AF
– 6MP ultrawide

FRONT:
– 12MP main

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

REAR
– 13MP main with AF
– 6MP ultrawide
FRONT:
– 12MP main

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

REAR
– 13MP main with AF
– 6MP ultrawide

FRONT:
– 12MP main fixed focus
– 12MP secondary ultrawide

Power

Galaxy Tab S8

8,000mAh battery
45W charging

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

10,090mAh battery
45W charging

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

11,200mAh battery
45W charging

S Pen

Galaxy Tab S8

Included

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Included

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Included

Authentication

Galaxy Tab S8

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner (power key)
Face recognition

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

In-display fingerprint scanner
Face recognition

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

In-display fingerprint scanner
Face recognition

Software

Galaxy Tab S8

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Dimensions / weight

Galaxy Tab S8

253.8 x 165.4 x 6.3mm
507g

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus

285 x 185 x 5.7mm
572g

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5mm
728g

The other Galaxy Tab S8 models

The Plus model doesn’t see many marked upgrades over the outgoing Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. In fact, the two models share dimensions, although the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus does include a more durable, scratch-resistant body. The AMOLED display remains the same, too, measuring 12.4 inches, packing a 2,800 x 1,752 resolution, and refreshing at 120Hz.

Internally, the base Galaxy Tab S8 Plus starts with 8GB of RAM, shedding the 6GB option of the Tab S7 Plus. However, 128GB and 256GB storage variants remain complete with microSD card support. Notably, the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’ battery is only slightly smaller than its Ultra sibling, but the 10,090mAh capacity should provide plenty of juice between charges.

Finally, what about the base Galaxy Tab S8 model? Well, you won’t notice too many new additions here either. An 8,000mAh battery powers an 11-inch LCD with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. This more compact form factor should provide a better handheld experience. The tablet shares camera specs and RAM/storage options with the Plus model, but it does settle for a physical fingerprint scanner on the power button. Some will welcome this little change on the cheaper model.

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Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 with S Pen

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 (8/128GB Wi-Fi): $699 / £649
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Plus (8/128GB Wi-Fi): $899 / £849
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (8/128GB Wi-Fi): $1,099 / £999

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series will be available for pre-order from February 9. Notably, preorders for the Ultra model (which only comes in the Graphite color) will include a free backlit keyboard cover.

Samsung’s other two models will be offered in Graphite, silver, or Pink Gold. Both models come with a free slim keyboard cover for those preordering them from February 9.

As for general availability, expect all three slates to start shipping from February 25.

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