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Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra review: A super-thin high-end tablet with a huge display

A display as far as the eye can see. The massive Samsung tablet has a 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Despite the large battery, the Galaxy S8 Ultra is only 5.5 millimeters thick. Find out how it performs in our review below.
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Alongside the Galaxy S8 (11 inches) and the Galaxy S8+ (12.4 inches), Samsung is offering a tablet with an impressive 14.6-inch diagonal display for the first time: the Galaxy S8 Ultra. The manufacturer describes it as the largest tablet that has ever existed to date. Experts will immediately yell "Galaxy View!" which attempted to entice buyers in 2016 with an 18.4-inch display and a hefty 2.65 kilograms. But Samsung did not want this to be seen as a tablet, but rather as a portable TV.

The Ultra tablet is quite similar to the Plus model, but in addition to the larger display, it also has a correspondingly larger battery and a dual camera on the front. Moreover, as with the other two tablets, there are not only variants of the Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet with 8GB RAM+128GB for US$ 1,119.99 and 12GB RAM+256GB for US$ 1,229.99, but also an even more powerful variant with 16GB RAM+512 GB for US$ 1,499.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Galaxy Tab S Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
14.60 inch 16:10, 2960 x 1848 pixel 239 PPI, Capacitive, 10 multi touch points, native pen support, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 219 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, OTG, DeX
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.5 x 326.4 x 208.6 ( = 0.22 x 12.85 x 8.21 in)
Battery
11200 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0, 26 mm, 1/3.4", 1.0 µm) + 6 MPix (ultra wide, f/2.2)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.2) + 12 MPix (ultra wide, f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Quad Stereo Speakers by AKG, Keyboard: Onscreen, S-Pen, USB-C-Cabel, One UI 4.1, 24 Months Warranty, GNSS: GPS (L1), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1), BeiDou (B1, B1C), fanless
Weight
726 g ( = 25.61 oz / 1.6 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.5 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
726 g5.5 mm14.60"2960x1848
85.8 %
08/2021
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
608 g6.3 mm12.40"2560x1600
88.8 %
03/2022
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
565 g5.6 mm12.60"2560x1600
88.5 %
10/2021
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Kirin 9000E, Mali-G78 MP22
609 g6.7 mm12.60"2560x1600
91.1 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
86.2 %
09/2021
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
SD 870, Adreno 650
830 g6.2 mm13.00"2160x1350

Case: Super slim Galaxy tablet

Although it has the largest panel, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet is the thinnest in the comparison chart and also slimmer than its two sister models. The camera hump on the back protrudes only 1.6 millimeters from the casing, so it does not even wobble on flat surfaces.

Those who worry that the tablet could be easily twisted due to its slim design can rest easy: The matte unibody made of Armor Aluminum turns out to be very stable and is only interrupted at the back by a glass strip for magnetically locking and charging the S-Pen. An additional magnet can also be used to fix the pen to the top longitudinal edge, but this is certainly not a transport-safe solution.

The build quality of the Samsung tablet is convincing and can be held quite well in one hand despite its higher weight when held in portrait mode, but two hands are more comfortable in the long run. The gaps are tight and even, and the S8 Ultra tablet can withstand twisting without issue. 

The tablet's battery is permanently installed and cannot be replaced by the user. The cover of the card slot is slightly darker than the aluminum body but closes neatly. The slot can accommodate a microSD card in our Wi-Fi variant, while the 5G model has space for a nano-SIM card on the back. The Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet does not have IP certification and is only available in graphite.  

Size Comparison

326.4 mm / 12.9 inch 208.6 mm / 8.21 inch 5.5 mm / 0.2165 inch 726 g1.601 lbs293.35 mm / 11.5 inch 203.98 mm / 8.03 inch 6.2 mm / 0.2441 inch 830 g1.83 lbs286.5 mm / 11.3 inch 184.7 mm / 7.27 inch 6.7 mm / 0.2638 inch 609 g1.343 lbs285.6 mm / 11.2 inch 184.5 mm / 7.26 inch 5.6 mm / 0.2205 inch 565 g1.246 lbs284.8 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 608 g1.34 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs

Hardware: Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet comes with USB 3.2 and microSD support

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet has a USB 3.2 port (Gen. 1) which enables data rates of up to 5 GBit/s, provided the correct devices are used. The interface also supports OTG so that external peripheral devices or storage media can be connected, and is also capable of wired video display. The PINs on the bottom long edge are used for connecting an optional Book Cover Keyboard (EF-DX900).

Moreover, the tablet can also be used as an additional screen for a Windows PC - this functions easily via WLAN and can be put into operation quickly with the help of a short guide. The tablet's touchscreen and S-Pen can also be used when needed, which is a real boon, especially for creative professionals. In our review, this worked flawlessly with Photoshop. However, the input delay is sometimes a little too long due to the WLAN latency. 

Top: power, volume, microphone, card slot
Top: power, volume, microphone, card slot
Left: speaker, microphone, speaker
Left: speaker, microphone, speaker
Right: speaker, USB, speaker
Right: speaker, USB, speaker
Bottom edge: PINs for keyboard cover
Bottom edge: PINs for keyboard cover

microSD card reader

The card slot accepts all current microSD cards and supports the exFAT file system. Transfer rates are comparatively high with our Angelbird AV Pro V60 reference card but the tablet does not exhaust its possibilities.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Huawei NanoMemory)
67.4 MB/s ∼100% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
53 MB/s ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
40.34 MB/s ∼60% -24%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
31.4 MB/s ∼47% -41%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø39.7 (31.7-50.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø78.8 (59.1-89.7)

Software: Long update cycle and Samsung DeX

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet comes with Android 12 and uses Samsung's own One UI 4.1 user interface. Like the Galaxy S22 smartphones, the manufacturer ensures four years of updates and another year of security patches for the tablets. At the time of this review, the last security update was from May 1 and thus up-to-date.

In addition to the Google apps, the S8 Ultra tablet also has Galaxy Store and other feature apps on board. Third-party apps from Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify come preinstalled, but almost all of them can be uninstalled. OneDrive, however, can only be deactivated.

The desktop app DeX can be used directly and does not require an external display.

Communications & GNSS: Wi-Fi 6E and 5G (optional)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra leaves nothing to be desired in terms of communication equipment. At most, a UWB chip would certainly have been useful, but otherwise the tablet has a modern portfolio to fall back on.

In combination with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, the Samsung tablet achieves high and stable data rates. However, fast speeds are reserved for the 6 GHz band. A pity that Samsung does not also allow VHT160 in the 5 GHz range.

During video conferences, the S8 Ultra convinces with good voice reproduction. The auto-framing function of the dual front camera works very accurately and displays the subject appropriately.  

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1750 (878min - 1870max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
864 (771min - 896max) MBit/s ∼49%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
722 (678min - 737max) MBit/s ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
630 (597min - 669max) MBit/s ∼36%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1250 (1126min - 1368max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
795 (717min - 849max) MBit/s ∼64%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (699min - 882max) MBit/s ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
655 (601min - 674max) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
832 (779min - 876max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
719 (644min - 771max) MBit/s ∼86% -14%
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
909 (871min - 942max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
851 (475min - 925max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1785 (1685min - 1866max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1632 (1604min - 1667max) MBit/s ∼100%
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1785 (1685-1866)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1630 (1604-1667)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø832 (779-876)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø719 (644-771)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø909 (871-942)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø851 (475-925)
GPS Test: indoors
Indoors
GPS Test: outdoors
Outdoors
GPSTest: GNSS overview
GNSS

Owing to its size alone, the Galaxy S8 Ultra is certainly not an ideal companion for navigation tasks or other applications that require precise positioning. Nevertheless, the four most popular satellite networks are supported. According to specifications, the Japanese QZSS is also supported, but we were unable to establish a connection with it. 

Satellite positioning is very fast and accurate outdoors, and quite good indoors. Compared with the Garmin Venu 2 on our short test ride with the bike, the difference over the entire route was only 30 meters and a detailed record below also shows accurate tracing of the route covered.

GNSS test ride: around the lake
GNSS test ride: around the lake
GNSS-Testfahrt: loop
GNSS-Testfahrt: loop
GNSS-Testfahrt: summary
GNSS-Testfahrt: summary

Cameras: Dual cameras on the front and back of the S8 Ultra

Selfie with the Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet
Selfie with the Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra possesses a dual camera on both the front and the back, each of which are also ultra-wide angle. Samsung focuses more on the setup on the front because there, the ultra-wide angle offers twice the resolution of its counterpart on the other side. The selfies are convincing in good lighting conditions, and the tablet performs particularly well in video calls.

The setup on the back also delivers decent results, but lacks a little clarity in close-up shots. The ultra-wide angle shows a rather poor depth of field due to its low resolution. However, this setup is intended more for documentation purposes and is perfectly adequate for this. The additional auxiliary LED makes it easier to use in dim light and can prevent potential shadows in the field of focus. 

Videos can be recorded on both sides in Ultra HD at 30 frames per second. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

HauptkameraHauptkameraUltraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLow-Light

Under controlled lighting conditions, the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet achieve good imaging performance. Colors are quite natural and always remain below a DeltaE of 10. Green tones show the highest deviations. The test chart is also captured well and is visibly resharpened in the process, which could prove advantageous for documents. 

ColorChecker
4.6 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra: 5.89 ∆E min: 2.81 - max: 9.63 ∆E
ColorChecker
30 ∆E
54.8 ∆E
40.1 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
49 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra: 47.46 ∆E min: 14.02 - max: 93.71 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty: Insurance against theft also available

As is clear from the flat packaging of the Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet, it does not come with a power supply unit. Samsung provides a USB cable (Type-C to Type-C), a small tool to open the card slot and the S Pen.

Optionally, screen protectors, protective covers, a matching 45-watt power supply unit or a Book Cover Keyboard can be purchased. Additionally, the S Pen can be purchased separately in five colors.

The Samsung Care+ insurance package also provides coverage with a variety of options, including insurance against theft. Prices vary according to the option chosen.

Input Devices & Operation: Well-positioned fingerprint scanner

The large capacitive touchscreen of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet recognizes up to ten touches simultaneously and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The gliding properties of the surface are very good, and inputs are carried out quickly and accurately.

The Samsung tablet has an active S Pen with Bluetooth functionality. All known functions and gestures are supported, and only work when the pen's battery is charged. If the battery is empty, the pen can only use functions that do not require Bluetooth. In testing, the pen stood out due to its high precision. 

When the S8 Ultra tablet is held in landscape format, the optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display on the right edge of the screen can easily be reached with the thumb. Recognition rates are good and the tablet can be unlocked quickly. Alternatively or additionally, face recognition can be set up via the front cameras, which is a little faster but also less reliable.

 

Display: Giant 120Hz Super AMOLED

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

No tablet to date has a larger display than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra, whose panel reaches an impressive diagonal of 14.6 inches (37.08 cm). When compared to the Galaxy S8+, it still looks huge. The pixel density is also high enough to ensure a sharp display, although it has the lowest PPI count of the S8 tablet series. The S8 Ultra works with either a fixed refresh rate of 60 or 120 Hz and supports HDR10+ and HDR10 as well as HLG.

The brightness of the Super AMOLED display is at the same level as that of the Galaxy S7 FE tablet and can reach an average brightness of 604 cd/m² with the sensor activated. Those who do without control of the fast-working ambient light sensor will fall back on 359 cd/m². The display of HDR content is pleasing, for we measured a peak brightness of 795 cd/m² with an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL50). The minimum luminosity of 1.81 cd/m² is already pleasantly low, but can be lowered again slightly to 1.49 cd/m² with the extra dimming function.

As with other OLEDs, the panel of the Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet also flickers. At minimum brightness, the frequency fluctuates between 118.7 and 250.8 Hz. Beyond that, however, it quickly levels off at a fairly constant 240 Hz.

610
cd/m²
609
cd/m²
607
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
612
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
594
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 614 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 604.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 600 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.7 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.09
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Super AMOLED, 2960x1848, 14.60
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
LCD IPS, 2560x1600, 12.40
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
AMOLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
OLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
IPS mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
IPS, 2160x1350, 13.00
Screen
-25%
-15%
-6%
-5%
-49%
Brightness middle
600
619
3%
552
-8%
383
-36%
620
3%
404
-33%
Brightness
604
593
-2%
555
-8%
390
-35%
612
1%
374
-38%
Brightness Distribution
96
91
-5%
97
1%
94
-2%
96
0%
85
-11%
Black Level *
0.22
0.4
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.7
2.6
4%
3.43
-27%
2.1
22%
1.8
33%
2.94
-9%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.3
6.6
-25%
7.25
-37%
3.7
30%
4.9
8%
8.74
-65%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
4
-122%
2
-11%
2.1
-17%
3.1
-72%
4.3
-139%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.17 101%
2.253 98%
2.14 103%
2214 0%
2.14 103%
CCT
6461 101%
6973 93%
6417 101%
6258 104%
6892 94%
7084 92%
Contrast
2814
1010

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 250.8 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 250.8 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 250.8 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21941 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimal brightness
min.
25% brightness
25%
50% brightness
50%
75% brightnesst
75%
maximum manual brightness
100%

Messreihe mit fixer Zoomstufe und unterschiedlichen Helligkeitseinstellungen

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra's display produces the most true colors in Natural mode, which turns out very well and reveals hardly any noticeable deviations. The preset Vivid mode has a similarly good grayscale reproduction, but the colors are more saturated. Conversely, the tablet uses the larger DCI-P3 color space here instead of sRGB.

Grayscale (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (profile: natural, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6875 ms rise
↘ 0.6925 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.495 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7725 ms rise
↘ 0.772 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37 ms).

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet makes a good impression outdoors and can be used well in most situations. Only direct sunlight interferes with use, especially when you view the tablet from the side, as the surface then reflects quite strongly. 

The viewing angle stability of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet is very good, but the rainbow haze typical of many OLEDs becomes slightly visible from very flat viewing angles. However, no real color distortions are visible and loss of brightness is also minimal. 

Performance: Reaching peak performance with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Like its siblings, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra is powered by the fastest SoC for Android devices to date, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Depending on the chosen memory configuration, the chipset has 8, 12 or even 16GB of RAM at its disposal

The system performance of the Samsung tablet is very good and is only surpassed by the iPad Pro 12.9 with the Apple M1. Only the multi-core performance under Geekbench is somewhat weaker than expected. In everyday use, however, the Tab S8 Ultra works extremely quickly and without jerks.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1710 Points ∼84% +38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
1242 Points ∼61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (1182 - 1267, n=12)
1228 Points ∼60% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
967 Points ∼47% -22%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
955 Points ∼47% -23%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1719, n=47, last 2 years)
679 Points ∼33% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
656 Points ∼32% -47%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7378 Points ∼26% +117%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (3269 - 3839, n=12)
3551 Points ∼12% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
3393 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
3215 Points ∼11% -5%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
3131 Points ∼11% -8%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=47, last 2 years)
2308 Points ∼8% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
1885 Points ∼7% -44%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1186706 Points ∼100% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (821646 - 1041980, n=12)
944318 Points ∼80% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
889268 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
707685 Points ∼60% -20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
676505 Points ∼57% -24%
Average of class Tablet (117837 - 1186706, n=24, last 2 years)
553815 Points ∼47% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
356422 Points ∼30% -60%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
13996 Points ∼75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (12144 - 17025, n=12)
13752 Points ∼74% -2%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
13565 Points ∼73% -3%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10829 Points ∼58% -23%
Average of class Tablet (4564 - 13996, n=23, last 2 years)
9035 Points ∼49% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
8897 Points ∼48% -36%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1283 Points ∼56% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
1090 Points ∼47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (811 - 1169, n=8)
1037 Points ∼45% -5%
Average of class Tablet (361 - 1283, n=13, last 2 years)
834 Points ∼36% -23%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
732 Points ∼32% -33%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
6816 Points ∼81%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (6007 - 7147, n=9)
6719 Points ∼80% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
6164 Points ∼73% -10%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
5865 Points ∼69% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
3608 Points ∼43% -47%
Average of class Tablet (806 - 6908, n=28, last 2 years)
3418 Points ∼40% -50%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
Points ∼0% -100%
System
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10489 Points ∼53% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (9273 - 10926, n=9)
10212 Points ∼52% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
10112 Points ∼51%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
9124 Points ∼46% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
7162 Points ∼36% -29%
Average of class Tablet (1492 - 10926, n=28, last 2 years)
6069 Points ∼31% -40%
Memory
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
7365 Points ∼81% +9%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
7215 Points ∼80% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
6763 Points ∼75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (5125 - 7357, n=9)
6287 Points ∼70% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
4637 Points ∼51% -31%
Average of class Tablet (675 - 8167, n=28, last 2 years)
3790 Points ∼42% -44%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
22308 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (15216 - 22308, n=9)
19982 Points ∼69% -10%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
12350 Points ∼43% -45%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
11754 Points ∼41% -47%
Average of class Tablet (542 - 22308, n=28, last 2 years)
6430 Points ∼22% -71%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
4022 Points ∼14% -82%
Web
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (1291 - 1888, n=9)
1605 Points ∼67% +13%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
1544 Points ∼65% +9%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
1452 Points ∼61% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
1415 Points ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
1283 Points ∼54% -9%
Average of class Tablet (730 - 1581, n=28, last 2 years)
1183 Points ∼49% -16%
AImark - Score v2.x
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
119686 Points ∼42% +1869%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
114525 Points ∼40% +1784%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
45392 Points ∼16% +647%
Average of class Tablet (4281 - 119686, n=22, last 2 years)
31292 Points ∼11% +415%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (5783 - 96317, n=8)
25718 Points ∼9% +323%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
6078 Points ∼2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
Points ∼0% -100%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
73266 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (63613 - 73266, n=3)
68586 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Tablet (1535 - 73266, n=8, last 2 years)
14162 Points ∼19% -81%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
13069 Points ∼18% -82%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
8436 Points ∼12% -88%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 HiSilicon Kirin 9000E, ARM Mali-G78 MP22, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash

With the Adreno 730, the Galaxy S8 Ultra has a powerful GPU at its disposal. As with the CPU and system performance, the Samsung tablet dominates the Android competitors, but always ranks behind the iPad Pro 12.9, and sometimes by a considerable margin.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4975 Points ∼100% +114%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2325 Points ∼47%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1805 Points ∼36% -22%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1225 Points ∼25% -47%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1195 Points ∼24% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
334 Points ∼7% -86%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
5035 Points ∼100% +115%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2337 Points ∼46%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1863 Points ∼37% -20%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1232 Points ∼24% -47%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1203 Points ∼24% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
330 Points ∼7% -86%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
18303 Points ∼100% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9519 Points ∼52%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6399 Points ∼35% -33%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4199 Points ∼23% -56%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
4154 Points ∼23% -56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1099 Points ∼6% -88%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
17221 Points ∼100% +95%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8833 Points ∼51%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6259 Points ∼36% -29%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4211 Points ∼24% -52%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
4204 Points ∼24% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1101 Points ∼6% -88%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11598 Points ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10349 Points ∼89%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
7588 Points ∼65% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4058 Points ∼35% -61%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
42751 Points ∼100% +96%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21768 Points ∼51%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16653 Points ∼39% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4283 Points ∼10% -80%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5623 Points ∼100% +54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3649 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3578 Points ∼64% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1956 Points ∼35% -46%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9630 Points ∼100% +9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8799 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8365 Points ∼87% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2938 Points ∼31% -67%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14734 Points ∼100%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12079 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10321 Points ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2738 Points ∼19% -81%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5633 Points ∼100% +54%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5265 Points ∼93% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3651 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3523 Points ∼63% -4%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼99% -1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼51% -49%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
60 fps ∼50% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
44 fps ∼37% -63%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
588 fps ∼100% +104%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
288 fps ∼49%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
232 fps ∼39% -19%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
226 fps ∼38% -22%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
224 fps ∼38% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
55 fps ∼9% -81%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
115 fps ∼100% +46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps ∼69%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼68% -1%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼53% -23%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
60 fps ∼52% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
25 fps ∼22% -68%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
318 fps ∼100% +86%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
171 fps ∼54%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
154 fps ∼48% -10%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps ∼42% -23%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
131 fps ∼41% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
43 fps ∼14% -75%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
74 fps ∼100% +48%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
59 fps ∼80% +18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼78% +16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps ∼68%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼66% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼22% -68%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
227 fps ∼100% +97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps ∼51%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼49% -3%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95 fps ∼42% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
92 fps ∼41% -20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
32 fps ∼14% -72%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
55.3 fps ∼100% +98%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
42 fps ∼76% +50%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼74% +46%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼54% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
9.8 fps ∼18% -65%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
150 fps ∼100% +121%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps ∼45%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼43% -6%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼39% -15%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
57 fps ∼38% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps ∼12% -74%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
43.7 fps ∼100% +62%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼69% +11%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
27 fps ∼62% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27 fps ∼62%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps ∼46% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.7 fps ∼15% -75%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
63 fps ∼100% +80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps ∼56%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼49% -11%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
22 fps ∼35% -37%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼35% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
7.3 fps ∼12% -79%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
67 fps ∼100% +72%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼66% +13%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
43 fps ∼64% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼58%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps ∼48% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼15% -74%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
177 fps ∼100% +99%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼50%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps ∼43% -15%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
59 fps ∼33% -34%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼32% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps ∼11% -79%

The Samsung has decent speeds in matters of websurfing, which is confirmed by the benchmarks. Only the Apple tablet is in a class of its own in this area.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
182.5 Points ∼100% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
126.3 Points ∼69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (84.1 - 126.3, n=10)
109.2 Points ∼60% -14%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
108.3 Points ∼59% -14%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
94 Points ∼52% -26%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 184.3, n=34, last 2 years)
78.5 Points ∼43% -38%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.8 Points ∼40% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
55.3 Points ∼30% -56%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
403.4 Points ∼100% +75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
230.8 Points ∼57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (121.9 - 237, n=11)
195.6 Points ∼48% -15%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
184.5 Points ∼46% -20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
171.2 Points ∼42% -26%
Average of class Tablet (22.1 - 436, n=41, last 2 years)
140.2 Points ∼35% -39%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
126.4 Points ∼31% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
93.4 Points ∼23% -60%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
221 Points ∼100% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
173 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
155 Points ∼70% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (119 - 193, n=9)
154.7 Points ∼70% -11%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
134 Points ∼61% -23%
Average of class Tablet (24 - 254, n=42, last 2 years)
100.9 Points ∼46% -42%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
97 Points ∼44% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
83 Points ∼38% -52%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
210 runs/min ∼100% +76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
119 runs/min ∼57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (73.5 - 129.3, n=10)
112.5 runs/min ∼54% -5%
Average of class Tablet (12.2 - 255, n=33, last 2 years)
81.9 runs/min ∼39% -31%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chome 92)
74.2 runs/min ∼35% -38%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.1 runs/min ∼34% -39%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
65.5 runs/min ∼31% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
43.09 runs/min ∼21% -64%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
62789 Points ∼100% +30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
48281 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (29750 - 50626, n=10)
43002 Points ∼68% -11%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
41256 Points ∼66% -15%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
33694 Points ∼54% -30%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
24616 Points ∼39% -49%
Average of class Tablet (3111 - 66974, n=40, last 2 years)
24616 Points ∼39% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
17823 Points ∼28% -63%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 12972, n=43, last 2 years)
3981 ms * ∼100% -374%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G (Chrome91)
2403 ms * ∼60% -186%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
1629 ms * ∼41% -94%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
1158 ms * ∼29% -38%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
1055 ms * ∼27% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (819 - 1330, n=10)
964 ms * ∼24% -15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (Chrome 100)
839 ms * ∼21%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
495 ms * ∼12% +41%

* ... smaller is better

The Samsung tablet uses fast UFS 3.1 memory: decent speeds were confirmed under testing. Only the sequential write data rates could be higher. In everyday use, however, this would only be noticeable in direct comparison with a faster competitor. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5GLenovo Tab P12 ProHuawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021Lenovo Yoga Tab 13Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-25%
8%
79%
4%
25%
-49%
Sequential Read 256KB
1817
861
-53%
1782
-2%
2031
12%
1431
-21%
1771 ?(1330 - 2037, n=42)
-3%
685 ?(123.3 - 2031, n=39, last 2 years)
-62%
Sequential Write 256KB
451.6
512
13%
758
68%
1559
245%
711
57%
899 ?(452 - 1559, n=42)
99%
362 ?(67.4 - 1559, n=39, last 2 years)
-20%
Random Read 4KB
238
192
-19%
232.5
-2%
310
30%
249.1
5%
260 ?(181 - 325, n=42)
9%
118.6 ?(10.1 - 310, n=39, last 2 years)
-50%
Random Write 4KB
284.9
167.5
-41%
189.2
-34%
369.7
30%
215.2
-24%
264 ?(218 - 449, n=43)
-7%
103.8 ?(4.27 - 370, n=39, last 2 years)
-64%

Games: Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet turns out to be a decent playmate

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet is powered by a strong performing Qualcomm Adreno 730, which we confirmed together with our partner GameBench.

Despite the high display resolution level, demanding games such as PUBG Mobile can be run in full glory at a constant 40 FPS. Even if you reduce the detail level a little, you'll still achieve 60 FPS. In Wild Rift, the Samsung tablet runs at a constant 60 FPS, but HFR settings with 90 or 120 Hz are not available.

At over 700 grams, the tablet is quite heavy to hold for extended periods of time so we propped the S8 Ultra on our lap or on the edge of a table while playing. In return, the huge screen surface provides a great overview and the four speakers create an appealing ambience. 

League of Legends: Wild Rift
League of Legends: Wild Rift
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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; League of Legends: Wild Rift; 3.1.0.5408: Ø60.4 (55-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.9.0: Ø58.9 (50-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.9.0: Ø39.9 (36-42)

Emissions: Good speakers

Temperature

When idling at maximum display brightness, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra only heats up slightly. Even under constant load, it only partially exceeds the 30-degree mark.

We put the performance stability of the tablet's high-end SoC through its paces with the 3DMark stress tests. Despite the large surface area, the S8 Ultra is unable to keep performance constant and throttles to a similar level like most smartphones that also rely on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. On the other hand, the Samsung tablet is always faster than a comparable product with the predecessor chipset at the beginning of the stress test and generates almost twice as many frames over longer periods.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø40.4 (34.9-53.1)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.2 (25.1-25.3)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø10.9 (9.55-14.1)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø7.3 (7.29-7.33)
Max. Load
 33.7 °C
93 F
32.4 °C
90 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
27.5 °C
82 F
 
 30.1 °C
86 F
29.6 °C
85 F
27.7 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 33.7 °C = 93 F
Average: 29.7 °C = 85 F
27.6 °C
82 F
27.6 °C
82 F
29.9 °C
86 F
26.3 °C
79 F
27.7 °C
82 F
27.8 °C
82 F
25.3 °C
78 F
26.8 °C
80 F
26 °C
79 F
Maximum: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Average: 27.2 °C = 81 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.9 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.4 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

The four speakers of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet support Dolby Atmos and were fine-tuned by AKG. The sound is very balanced, but could have a little more depth. Overall, the sound output is very good for a tablet.

There is no audio jack, so if you want to connect analogue headphones or speakers, you have to use an optional USB adapter. Alternatively, the sound can also be output via Bluetooth. As is usual with Samsung, however, the audio codec selection is very limited and only SBC, AAC, aptX and LDAC are available. When streaming to two Bluetooth receivers simultaneously, only SBC can be used.  

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.429.8252828.63132.624.94027.723.3503434.86327268023.636.810022.340.312517.748.716016.163.120012.861.525013.1663151271.5400970.75001171.663010.772.580010.373.7100010.974.3125012.168.8160011.867.620001269.1250011.873.2315011.981.3400012.980.7500013.374.8630013.477800013.575.91000013.677.21250014.8701600014.160.1SPL24.688N0.677median 12.8median 71.5Delta1.15.349.348.943.950.537.142.237.943.643.848.131.835.72839.627.95323.557.123.861.119.664.3196917.57415.274.516.877.72179.122.382.518.781.717.380.915.880.715.872.817.464.918.469.820.277.120.377.420.17721.476.621.870.521.369.421.86631.689.91.688median 20.1median 741.85.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraLenovo Tab P12 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 5% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy Management: Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet with 11.200 mAh

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption, the large display proves to be very power-hungry and requires over 60 percent more energy than the Galaxy S8 tablet when idling, but is almost on par with the S8+. At peak load, however, the Ultra tablet is quite economical.

The S8 Ultra tablet supports wired charging with up to 45 watts and can fully charge the battery in around one and a half hours. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.15 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.18 / 3.84 / 3.88 Watt
Load midlight 8.04 / 10.44 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
11200 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
10090 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
10200 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
10050 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10000 mAh
Power Consumption
-12%
17%
-78%
-67%
-9%
Idle Minimum *
3.18
1.06
67%
2.2
31%
6.2
-95%
1.8
43%
3
6%
Idle Average *
3.84
6.25
-63%
2.6
32%
9.07
-136%
9.6
-150%
3.4
11%
Idle Maximum *
3.88
6.3
-62%
3.2
18%
9.12
-135%
9.8
-153%
4.1
-6%
Load Average *
8.04
8.76
-9%
7.1
12%
8.79
-9%
12.2
-52%
9.9
-23%
Load Maximum *
10.44
9.54
9%
11.5
-10%
12.07
-16%
12.6
-21%
13.8
-32%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Ø9.1 (3.64-15.9)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G: Ø6.84 (2.48-12.9)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)