Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra prices and specifications revealed by a new leak
Now that Samsung's low-cost Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G are out and about, it's time to shift focus to its high-end tablets. We don't know much about them, other than the fact that they could run a flagship Snapdragon chipset. A new leak now gives us new insights into what Samsung has in store for us with the Galaxy Tab S8 series. Three SKUs lined up for a launch this time around- the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
The information comes from several well-known sources, such as Ishan Agarwal, FrontTron and TheGalox. All three Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 variants are codenamed Basquait and come with some impressive specifications. Starting with the entry-level Galaxy Tab S8, we get an 11-inch TFT screen clocked at 120Hz, an 8,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging, two rear camera sensors (13MP plus 5MP), and an 8MP selfie shooter. A side-mounted fingerprint sensor is included, too, along with an S-Pen in the box. The tablet is slated to cost KRW 829,000 (US$745) for the Wi-Fi only variant. An LTE variant with 4G will set you back by KRW 929,000 (US$834) and the 5G version for KRW 1,029,000 (US$923). The optional keyboard will retail at an eye-watering KRW 198,000(US$178).
Moving on to the better-specced Galaxy Tab S8+, we get a slightly larger 12.4-inch OLED screen clocked at 120Hz. Its camera layout is identical to that of the Galaxy Tab S8. However, it gets a somewhat larger 10,090mAh battery that also supports 45W fast charging. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor is replaced with an under-display alternative. Its optional keyboard addon is a tad more expensive at KRW 220,000(US$198). As expected, the actual tablet is dearer, too, with the Wi-Fi-only variant retailing at KRW 1,149,000 (US$1,031). The LTE and 5G variants cost KRW 1,249,000(US$1,121) and KRW 1,349,000(US$1,211), respectively. Both the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 ship with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
The top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is where Samsung turns things up a notch. It gets a colossal 14.6-inch OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 12,000mAh battery that charges at up to 45W, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Its rear camera layout is identical to that of the other two SKUs. On the flip side, a 5MP ultra-wide-angle lens joins the 8MP selfie camera. The optional keyboard attachment costs KRW 320,000 (US$288). As far as the actual Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is concerned, the Wi-Fi only SKU could sell for KRW 1,469,000 (US$1,318), the 4G variant for KRW 1,569,000(US$1,408) and the 5G model for KRW 1,669,000(US$1,498).
One critical piece of information seems to be missing, however. We don't know which chipset either model will use. If last year's launches are anything to go by, we can expect them to run the putative Snapdragon 888+ (aka the Snapdragon 888 Pro). While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and S8+ seem like incremental upgrades to their antecedents, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is heralds in an entirely new era of tablets. A 14-inch screen is laptop territory, and it could potentially serve as a laptop replacement for some use cases. Samsung wants to stick it to the recently-launched iPad Pro models, but the Apple tablets are still leagues ahead due to the objectively faster M1 chipset.