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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ (Plus): 5G Tablet with Large OLED Display and 5 Years of Updates

2nd generation XXL tablet. Samsung's latest alternative to Apple's iPad Pro 12.9 is the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, a premium tablet with a brand-new Armor aluminum case, a very large Super AMOLED display, and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC to lure in potential iPad customers. Will its high price be its downfall?
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Just like last year this year’s “normal” Galaxy Tab S8 is accompanied by a larger 12.4-inch Plus model with a Super AMOLED display promising much lower black levels and response times than the 11-inch model’s IPS display. Running at a native resolution of 2800 x 1752 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz it is identical to the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Depending on model you get either 128 or 256 GB of internal storage.

Galaxy Tab S8+ 128 GB Wi-Fi $899
Galaxy Tab S8+ 128 GB 5G currently not available in North America
Galaxy Tab S8+ 256 GB Wi-Fi $979
Galaxy Tab S8+ 256 GB 5G currently not available in North America

The SoC is supplied by Qualcomm, a Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Like before it has access to just 8 GB of RAM. At the rear we find a 13 MP main sensor as well as a 5 MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (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
8192 MB 
Display
12.40 inch 16:10, 2800 x 1752 pixel 266 PPI, Capacitive Touchscreen, native pen support, Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 225 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 tp 1TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, OTG, Miracast
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, GSM-Band GSM: 850 MHz, GSM 900 MHz, DCS 1.800 MHz, PCS 1.900 MHz; UMTS-Band: B1 (2.100), B2 (1.900), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B8 (900); 4G FDD LTE: B1 (2.100), B2 (1.900), B3 (1.800), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B7 (2.600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 (700), B20 (800), B25 (1.900), B26 (850), B28 (700), B32 (1.500), B66 (AWS-3); 4G TDD LTE: B38 (2.600), B40 (2.300), B41 (2.500); 5G FDD Sub6: N1 (2.100), N3 (1.800), N5 (850), N7 (2.600), N8 (900), N20 (800), N28 (700), N66 (AWS-3); 5G TDD Sub6: N38 (2.600), N40(2300), N41 (2.500), N77 (3.700), N78 (3.500), LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.7 x 285 x 185 ( = 0.22 x 11.22 x 7.28 in)
Battery
10090 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0) + 6MP (f/2.2)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Quad-Audio-System, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB cable, One UI 4.1, 24 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, camera API: Level 3, fanless
Weight
572 g ( = 20.18 oz / 1.26 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1149 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
04/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
572 g5.7 mm12.40"2800x1752
87.8 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
575 g5.7 mm12.40"2800x1752
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
86.2 %
09/2021
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
SD 870, Adreno 650
830 g6.2 mm13.00"2160x1350
91.1 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048

Case – 5G Tablet without Notch

Samsung Tab S8 Plus available colors
Samsung Tab S8 Plus available colors

Due to its very large 12.4-inch OLED display the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus cannot be held comfortable in one hand. At less than 6 mm it is however very thin, and it weighs more than 100 g (3.5 oz) less than the iPad Pro 12.9 and less than its immediate predecessor. Apart from the side buttons and the SIM tray all metal components are made of Samsung’s new alloy dubbed “Armor Aluminum”. It promises not just a low weight but also increased scratch resistance and decreased flex.

At the front of the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus we find Gorilla Glass Victus+, and the case is available in three different colors. Thanks to its matte coating it is mostly fingerprint-resistant, and it leaves an excellent visual and haptic impression. The physical buttons offer a very nice accentuation point and sit firmly inside their respective cavities. Ergonomics, on the other hand, are less than ideal due to the tablet’s squared and edgy design as well as the noticeable transition between the metal frame and rear.

The included S Pen can be attached magnetically at the top of the case as well as the rear. The magnetic stripe at the rear is covered in high-gloss Gorilla Glass Victus+ and charges the S Pen wirelessly while attached. Unfortunately, the S8 Plus is not IP certified against ingress of dust and water.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

Size Comparison

293.35 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 lbs285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 572 g1.261 lbs285 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 575 g1.268 lbs280.6 mm / 11 inch 214.9 mm / 8.46 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 682 g1.504 lbs

Connectivity – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus without 3.5-mm Headphone Jack

As expected of tablets in this price range the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus features a variety if interesting connectivity features adding true multimedia expertise to its inherent professional use nature. Take for example the quad-speaker array made by AKG, the optical fingerprint reader, and the support for microSD cards of up to 1 TB including support for the exFAT file system thanks to which you can save files larger than 4 GB on the microSD card.

In terms of productivity the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus features the regular connector for the magnetically attached Samsung Book Cover keyboard as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s. It also supports wired display output to connect to external monitors as well as wireless display output via Miracast.

In addition to all this the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus can also be used as a secondary screen. It requires a Windows computer running at least Windows 10 and supports two different output modes, drawing/gaming and video.

left side (speaker, microphone)
left side (speaker, microphone)
bottom (pogo pin connector)
bottom (pogo pin connector)
right side (speaker, USB port)
right side (speaker, USB port)
top (buttons, microphone, SIM slot)
top (buttons, microphone, SIM slot)

microSD Card Reader

When benchmarked with our Angelbird V60 reference card the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s microSD card reader delivered adequate performance. It may not have been as fast as the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 but at 54 MB/s still more than decent. CPCT performance was also sufficient.

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% +25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
53.8 MB/s ∼80%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
31.4 MB/s ∼47% -42%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø39.9 (32.7-51)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential write; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø55.9 (33.1-76.5)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø73.1 (43.7-86.2)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Sequential read; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø84.2 (49.3-108)

Software – Samsung Tablet with Android 12

In addition to hardware upgrades Samsung has also upped its game in regard to software support. The Galaxy Tab S8 series of tablets will receive up to four major Android updates as well as up to five years of security updates. No other Android tablet manufacturer can offer anything alike.

As is typical for Samsung the operating system comes with Samsung’s own One UI 4.1 user interface including Samsung’s Bixby assistant. At the time of writing our tablet was running Android 12 with security patches as of March 2022. Samsung also provides a feature called Knows Vault Platform consisting of a secure chip to protect and isolate sensitive data such as passwords or biometric information from the main operating system.

In combination with Samsung’s DeX interface the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus supports transparent app windows and display mirroring on external displays. In addition, Samsung’s own Smart Switch feature enables users to access data on other Samsung Galaxy devices running at least One UI 3.1.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

Communication and GNSS – Galaxy Tab S8+ with Wi-Fi 6E

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is one of the first Android tablets supporting Wi-Fi 6E utilizing the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi transfers. In addition, the tablet also supports Samsung’s multi-user MIMO ensuring very high and relatively consistent data rates. When connected to our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 router the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus achieved transfer speeds of more than 1,800 Mbps. When connected to a normal Wi-Fi 6 router utilizing the 2.4 and 5 GHz band it still managed very high data rates of more than 800 Mbps on average.

Our review unit was equipped with the optional Snapdragon X65 5G modem with Bluetooth 5.2, which supports 5G frequencies as well as a total of 19 LTE bands. Like the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro it most likely features an NFC chip but does not support wireless payment systems. Instead, the NFC chip is used for charging and connecting to the Samsung S Pen.

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 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
612 (243min - 690max) MBit/s ∼35%
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 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
629 (284min - 753max) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
831 (779min - 861max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
719 (644min - 771max) MBit/s ∼87% -13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
896 (774min - 935max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
851 (475min - 925max) MBit/s ∼95% -5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1797 (920min - 1830max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1598 (1441min - 1641max) MBit/s ∼100%
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; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø896 (774-935)
; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø830 (779-861)
; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1598 (1441-1641)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000 6GHz 6E; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1767 (920-1830)
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors
GPS indoors
GPS indoors

Regardless of the fact that a 12.4-inch tablet may not be the ideal satnav device we tested its GPS capabilities by taking it out, recording the track, and comparing it to that of a professional Garmin Venu 2. The results were very good, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s recorded track showed almost no deviations from the Venu 2’s. If you really and truly want a ginormous tablet in your car for navigation the 5G-equipped S8+ is your device.

Supported positioning services include GPS (L1), Galileo (E1), BeiDou, GLONASS, and SBAS. Indoor satellite lock is obtained very quickly at an accuracy of around 4 m.

GPS: Galaxy Tab S8+ vs. Garmin Venu 2
GPS: Galaxy Tab S8+ vs. Garmin Venu 2

Telephony and Call Quality – Tab S8+ supports Telephony

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

While the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus may not be used as phone by most people it can be, and with its three microphones and Samsung’s new auto framing technology it is equipped very well for this purpose. During video conference calls, the auto framing feature will zoom in on the speaker. Regular phone calls require a nano SIM card and work very well over the tablet’s built-in speakerphone. Our conversational partners had no issues understanding us in even at a distance of 50 cm from the tablet in quiet environments with low ambient noise.

Cameras – 5G Tablet with Dual-Camera Array

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ selfie
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ selfie
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ portrait
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ portrait

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S8 Plus received a minor upgrade for the front-facing camera over its non-Plus sibling and features a 12 MP sensor with a much wider 120-degree field of view akin to a traditional ultra-wide-angle lens. The camera mounted above the display features an aperture of f/2.4 and produced more than usable results in bright daylight. Having said that the bokeh effect in portrait mode is not particularly reliable and focus is not the best either.

At the rear, Samsung’s premium tablet features the same dual-camera array found on its predecessor, a 13 MP f/2.0 main camera accompanied by a secondary 5 MP ultra-wide-angle lens. The main camera’s colors, details, and dynamic range are very good and more than usable for social media posts. When analyzed under normalized and defined conditions we found no major color deviations of Delta E > 15.

The question of whether or not a tablet needs a rear-facing camera is highly contested but let it be said that taking photo of large documents using the S8 Plus’s wide-angle lens worked flawlessly. Apart from that the 5 MP lens produces a large number of artefacts and a low overall level of sharpness, particularly towards the edges where details tend to blur and disappear entirely.

Both the main and front-facing camera record videos in UHD quality with up to 30 FPS. The ultra-wide-angle lens does not support 4K video recording at all. The tablet supports switching between the cameras while recording although that feature is limited to the main 13 MP camera and the front-facing camera.

Ultra-wide angle
Wide-angle
4x zoom
8x zoom (max)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

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.

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8.9 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
11 ∆E
9 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G: 8.57 ∆E min: 2.71 - max: 15.76 ∆E
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29.4 ∆E
53.8 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
62 ∆E
53.4 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
63.4 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
75.4 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
79.5 ∆E
70.1 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
37 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G: 46.25 ∆E min: 14.02 - max: 79.48 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus without Charger

Galaxy Tab S8+ Book Cover Keyboard Slim
Galaxy Tab S8+ Book Cover Keyboard Slim

European models of Samsung’s premium tablet come with a full 24 months of limited warranty while devices sold in the US are once again limited to just 12 months. Warranty extensions are available in select markets, and prices as well as conditions differ. For example, Samsung Care+ in Europe costs 99 Euros and includes accidental damage including display or water damage for up to two repairs or replacements during the covered period with a deductible of 59 Euros per incident.

A power supply is no longer included in the box. Instead, we find a USB cable, the S Pen, and the usual paperwork. The 45 W fast charger will have to be purchased separately, and prices and availability vary. Other optional accessories include the Book Cover Keyboard or the Book Cover Keyboard Slim.

Input Devices & Handling – Galaxy Tab S8+ with Fingerprint Reader

Touch input is registered very quickly and precisely on the 12.4-inch Gorilla Glass Victus+-covered OLED display. Scrolling and One UI user interface animations are buttery smooth thanks to its high refresh rate of 120 Hz. The 8 g (0.28 oz) S Pen supports the usual 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and can be used to take handwritten notes with the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. It lies firmly and comfortably in hand, and we found almost no input lag even with fast movements. According to Samsung, input latency was reduced from 9 ms on the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus to less than 2.8 ms on the new model. Slow movement allows for very precise and straight lines. The tablet supports gesture input, such as for example S Pen actions that can be configured in the Gallery app.

The optical fingerprint reader sits underneath the OLED panel and works reliably but somewhat lethargic overall. Unlocking the device via face recognition utilizing the tablet’s front-facing camera is also supported. Both speed and reliability of the comparatively insecure 2D face recognition feature were decent.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

Display – Samsung Tablet with OLED

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s 16:10 OLED display runs at a native resolution of 2800 x 1572 pixels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and, according to Samsung, support for HDR10. However, we found that peak brightness in the APL18 test with evenly distributed dark and bright surfaces was just 601 nits and thus not particularly high. High-contrast effects are thus somewhat lacking on the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s display.

When looking at the panel in detail we found that it is most likely identical to the Tab S7 Plus's. Peak brightness on a pure white background was very similar to and just as mediocre as last year’s S7 Plus’s, and the new display is only ever so slightly brighter than the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus’s.

As is common for OLED panels Samsung uses PWM for display brightness regulation. At brightness levels of 33 % and below we found it to fluctuate at a frequency of 120 to 245 Hz and a much more even amplitude around 120 Hz at higher levels of brightness. Due to this low frequency sensitive users might suffer, as is the case with pretty much every OLED panel. Even the Mini LED display on the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 flickers at a very high frequency.

464
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
459
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 471 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 462.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.57 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 459 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.2 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
92.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.09
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.40
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2800x1752, 12.40
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
AMOLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
OLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
IPS, 2160x1350, 13.00
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
IPS mini-LED, 2732x2048, 12.90
Screen
3%
-3%
6%
-29%
16%
Brightness middle
459
441
-4%
552
20%
383
-17%
404
-12%
620
35%
Brightness
462
447
-3%
555
20%
390
-16%
374
-19%
612
32%
Brightness Distribution
97
98
1%
97
0%
94
-3%
85
-12%
96
-1%
Black Level *
0.4
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.2
2.4
-9%
3.43
-56%
2.1
5%
2.94
-34%
1.8
18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.9
4.1
16%
7.25
-48%
3.7
24%
8.74
-78%
4.9
-0%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.6
2.9
19%
2
44%
2.1
42%
4.3
-19%
3.1
14%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.01 109%
2.253 98%
2.14 103%
2.14 103%
2214 0%
CCT
6558 99%
6469 100%
6417 101%
6258 104%
7084 92%
6892 94%
Contrast
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 245.4 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 245.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 245.4 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21913 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

min. display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Fixed zoom with various brightness settings

Two color modes, Natural and Vivid, are available in software, and manual white balance adjustment is only supported on the latter. We tested and evaluated the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s color accuracy using a photospectrometer in combination with the CalMAN software.

When set to Natural using the smaller sRGB color space we found only slightly elevated Delta E deviations of more than three. However, these will not be noticeable in day-to-day use.

Color accuracy (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Color accuracy (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Color space (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Color space (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Grayscale (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Grayscale (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Saturation (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)
Saturation (Target color space: sRGB, Profile: Natural)

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
1.318 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6225 ms rise
↘ 0.6955 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
1.383 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7095 ms rise
↘ 0.6735 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).

Outdoors, the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus remains well readable in the shade although its reflections can be bothersome. Direct sunlight managed to overwhelm its displays capabilities to overpower the reflections caused by its reflective coating. Should you intend to use this 12.4-inch tablet outdoors you will have to leave automatic brightness enabled as disabling the ambient light sensor reduces maximum brightness to just 361 nits.

Viewing angles are very good. Colors remain accurate and we found almost no decrease in brightness even at extreme angles.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

Performance – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus with Qualcomm SoC

Samsung’s processor of choice for the Tab S8-series is Qualcomm’s top of the line mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1, a 4-nm SoC based on ARM’s v9 architecture. Its Kyro CPU is comprised of three CPU clusters, one Prime core (Cortex X2), three performance cores (Cortex A710), and four efficiency cores (Cortex A510). Graphics are handled by an integrated Adreno 730.

In everyday use, the tablet left a fairly good impression, and we did not encounter any major lag during our review period. Nevertheless, we find it impossible to understand why Samsung equips its flagship tablet with no more than 8 GB of RAM. A 12 GB option would have been an absolute must. Application load times are short, although we would have wished for a better performing UFS 3.1 storage when it comes to small chunks of data.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus outperformed its predecessor, which was powered by an SoC of yesteryear, by significant margins in our CPU benchmarks. This also explains the relatively large gap in our Geekbench results between the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and the Snapdragon 870-based Lenovo tablet. The latter is based on the same architecture as the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1710 Points ∼84% +45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (1182 - 1267, n=12)
1228 Points ∼60% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
1182 Points ∼58%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
967 Points ∼47% -18%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
955 Points ∼47% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
950 Points ∼47% -20%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1719, n=47, last 2 years)
679 Points ∼33% -43%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
7378 Points ∼26% +124%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (3269 - 3839, n=12)
3551 Points ∼12% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
3293 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
3215 Points ∼11% -2%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
3131 Points ∼11% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
3063 Points ∼11% -7%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=47, last 2 years)
2308 Points ∼8% -30%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1186706 Points ∼100% +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (821646 - 1041980, n=12)
944318 Points ∼80% +15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
821646 Points ∼69%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
707685 Points ∼60% -14%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
676505 Points ∼57% -18%
Average of class Tablet (117837 - 1186706, n=24, last 2 years)
553815 Points ∼47% -33%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (12144 - 17025, n=12)
13752 Points ∼74% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
13711 Points ∼74%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
13565 Points ∼73% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10829 Points ∼58% -21%
Average of class Tablet (4564 - 13996, n=23, last 2 years)
9035 Points ∼49% -34%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
1283 Points ∼56% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (811 - 1169, n=8)
1037 Points ∼45% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
999 Points ∼43%
Average of class Tablet (361 - 1283, n=13, last 2 years)
834 Points ∼36% -17%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
732 Points ∼32% -27%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (6007 - 7147, n=9)
6719 Points ∼80% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
6283 Points ∼74%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
6164 Points ∼73% -2%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
5865 Points ∼69% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
5305 Points ∼63% -16%
Average of class Tablet (806 - 6908, n=28, last 2 years)
3418 Points ∼40% -46%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
Points ∼0% -100%
System
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10489 Points ∼53% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (9273 - 10926, n=9)
10212 Points ∼52% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
9273 Points ∼47%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
9124 Points ∼46% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
8965 Points ∼46% -3%
Average of class Tablet (1492 - 10926, n=28, last 2 years)
6069 Points ∼31% -35%
Memory
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
7365 Points ∼81% +28%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
7215 Points ∼80% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (5125 - 7357, n=9)
6287 Points ∼70% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
5918 Points ∼65% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
5739 Points ∼63%
Average of class Tablet (675 - 8167, n=28, last 2 years)
3790 Points ∼42% -34%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
22283 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (15216 - 22308, n=9)
19982 Points ∼69% -10%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
12350 Points ∼43% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
11773 Points ∼41% -47%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
11754 Points ∼41% -47%
Average of class Tablet (542 - 22308, n=28, last 2 years)
6430 Points ∼22% -71%
Web
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (1291 - 1888, n=9)
1605 Points ∼67% +24%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
1544 Points ∼65% +20%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
1452 Points ∼61% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
1291 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
1268 Points ∼53% -2%
Average of class Tablet (730 - 1581, n=28, last 2 years)
1183 Points ∼49% -8%
AImark - Score v2.x
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
119686 Points ∼42% +1970%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
114525 Points ∼40% +1880%
Average of class Tablet (4281 - 119686, n=22, last 2 years)
31292 Points ∼11% +441%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (5783 - 96317, n=8)
25718 Points ∼9% +345%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
5783 Points ∼2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
Points ∼0% -100%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 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
 
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 performed even better in our GPU-bound benchmarks thanks to its integrated Adreno 730, and it outperformed its predecessor’s Adreno 650 by up to 60 %. In the 3DMark Wild Life test, it virtually destroyed its predecessor and outperformed it by a factor of two.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4975 Points ∼100% +100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2493 Points ∼50%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1805 Points ∼36% -28%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1225 Points ∼25% -51%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1195 Points ∼24% -52%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
5035 Points ∼100% +104%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2473 Points ∼49%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1863 Points ∼37% -25%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1232 Points ∼24% -50%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1203 Points ∼24% -51%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
18303 Points ∼100% +108%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8798 Points ∼48%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6399 Points ∼35% -27%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4199 Points ∼23% -52%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
4154 Points ∼23% -53%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
17221 Points ∼100% +94%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8859 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% -53%
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% +1%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼99% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
116 fps ∼97% -3%
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%
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% +76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
334 fps ∼57%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
232 fps ∼39% -31%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
226 fps ∼38% -32%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
224 fps ∼38% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
215 fps ∼37% -36%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
115 fps ∼100% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼78%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼68% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps ∼58% -26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼53% -32%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
60 fps ∼52% -33%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
318 fps ∼100% +95%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
163 fps ∼51%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
154 fps ∼48% -6%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps ∼42% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
131 fps ∼41% -20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
125 fps ∼39% -23%
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% +25%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
59 fps ∼80% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps ∼80%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼78% -2%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼66% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼55% -31%
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% +88%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼53%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼49% -7%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95 fps ∼42% -21%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
92 fps ∼41% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼39% -27%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
55.3 fps ∼100% +29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps ∼78%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
42 fps ∼76% -2%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼74% -5%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼54% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
24 fps ∼43% -44%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
150 fps ∼100% +108%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
72 fps ∼48%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼43% -11%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼39% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
57 fps ∼38% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53 fps ∼35% -26%
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% +37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps ∼73%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼69% -6%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
27 fps ∼62% -16%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps ∼46% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18 fps ∼41% -44%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
63 fps ∼100% +70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps ∼59%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼49% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼35% -41%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
22 fps ∼35% -41%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼35% -41%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
67 fps ∼100% +52%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼66% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼66%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
43 fps ∼64% -2%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps ∼48% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27 fps ∼40% -39%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
177 fps ∼100% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps ∼52%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps ∼43% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
59 fps ∼33% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼32% -38%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼32% -38%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
182.5 Points ∼100% +91%
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% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (Samsung Browser V16)
95.424 Points ∼52%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
94 Points ∼52% -1%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 184.3, n=34, last 2 years)
78.5 Points ∼43% -18%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.8 Points ∼40% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
72.5 Points ∼40% -24%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
403.4 Points ∼100% +95%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
206.89 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
206.89 Points ∼51% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (121.9 - 237, n=11)
195.6 Points ∼48% -5%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
184.5 Points ∼46% -11%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
171.2 Points ∼42% -17%
Average of class Tablet (22.1 - 436, n=41, last 2 years)
140.2 Points ∼35% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
127.6 Points ∼32% -38%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
126.4 Points ∼31% -39%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
221 Points ∼100% +46%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
155 Points ∼70% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (119 - 193, n=9)
154.7 Points ∼70% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (Samsung Browser V16)
151 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
134 Points ∼61% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
126 Points ∼57% -17%
Average of class Tablet (24 - 254, n=42, last 2 years)
100.9 Points ∼46% -33%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
97 Points ∼44% -36%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
210 runs/min ∼100% +111%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (73.5 - 129.3, n=10)
112.5 runs/min ∼54% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (Samsung Browser V16)
99.7 runs/min ∼47%
Average of class Tablet (12.2 - 255, n=33, last 2 years)
81.9 runs/min ∼39% -18%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chome 92)
74.2 runs/min ∼35% -26%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
72.1 runs/min ∼34% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
71.3 runs/min ∼34% -28%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
65.5 runs/min ∼31% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
62789 Points ∼100% +50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (29750 - 50626, n=10)
43002 Points ∼68% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (Samsung Browser V16)
41829 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
41256 Points ∼66% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
33694 Points ∼54% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
27360 Points ∼44% -35%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
24616 Points ∼39% -41%
Average of class Tablet (3111 - 66974, n=40, last 2 years)
24616 Points ∼39% -41%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 12972, n=43, last 2 years)
3981 ms * ∼100% -325%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Samsung Browser 12.1)
1947 ms * ∼49% -108%
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1.4.302)
1629 ms * ∼41% -74%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 (Chrome 92)
1158 ms * ∼29% -24%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
1055 ms * ∼27% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (819 - 1330, n=10)
964 ms * ∼24% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G (Samsung Browser V16)
936.3 ms * ∼24%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378 (Safari 14.1.1)
495 ms * ∼12% +47%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 PlusLenovo Tab P12 ProHuawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021Lenovo Yoga Tab 13Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-11%
-10%
39%
-11%
4%
-57%
Sequential Read 256KB
1726.34
1675
-3%
1782
3%
2031
18%
1431
-17%
1771 ?(1330 - 2037, n=42)
3%
685 ?(123.3 - 2031, n=39, last 2 years)
-60%
Sequential Write 256KB
1374.65
732
-47%
758
-45%
1559
13%
711
-48%
899 ?(452 - 1559, n=42)
-35%
362 ?(67.4 - 1559, n=39, last 2 years)
-74%
Random Read 4KB
202.35
230.1
14%
232.5
15%
310
53%
249.1
23%
260 ?(181 - 325, n=42)
28%
118.6 ?(10.1 - 310, n=39, last 2 years)
-41%
Random Write 4KB
218.02
205
-6%
189.2
-13%
369.7
70%
215.2
-1%
264 ?(218 - 449, n=43)
21%
103.8 ?(4.27 - 370, n=39, last 2 years)
-52%

Gaming – Galaxy Tablet with 116 FPS

We use GameBench to record the exact frame rates per second achieved by the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus with a selection of Android games. PUBG Mobile ran at 40 FPS in UHD resolution with maximum details. Lowering the details resulted in 60 FPS.

Games that support higher refresh rate displays, such as Armajet, will achieve frame rates close to the display’s theoretical maximum for short periods of time. We recorded a maximum of 116 FPS on the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
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; Armajet: Ø99.4 (63-116)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59 (44-60)
; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø59.5 (50-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.4 (40-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD: Ø39.7 (35-41)

Emissions – Galaxy Tab S8+ Remains Cool

Temperature

GFXBench was unable to record data
GFXBench was unable to record data

The case remains comparatively cool even under sustained load. Running GFXBench we evaluated how well the Qualcomm SoC performed under high GPU load. And while the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus successfully completed the OpenGL 3.1 battery test the results were not recorded.

We also ran 3DMark’s stress test on the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, and just like Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1-equipped smartphones the Tab S8+’s performance was inconsistent over time.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø40.5 (35-55.1)
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)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø31.3 (27.4-35.4)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.1 (25.1-25.2)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø11.8 (9.93-14.9)
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)
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021 Mali-G78 MP22, Kirin 9000E, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø8.73 (8.19-10.9)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.29 (7.29-7.31)
Max. Load
 30.6 °C
87 F
29.4 °C
85 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 26.1 °C
79 F
29.5 °C
85 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 30.6 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.8 °C
84 F
30.7 °C
87 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
30 °C
86 F
25.8 °C
78 F
27.8 °C
82 F
29.4 °C
85 F
Maximum: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.8 °C / 84 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 30.6 °C / 87 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 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Review

Speakers

The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus features a total of four speakers, optimized by AKG. We liked their overall quality albeit bass representation as fairly weak.  Nevertheless, the Tab S8 Plus’s overall soundscape was linear in mids and highs, and its maximum volume of 88 dB(A) more than loud enough.

Some users will certainly miss the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus’s missing 3.5-mm audio jack and will have to make do with a USB-C dongle instead. Unfortunately, Samsung does not include a 3.5-mm dongle in the box, which means it must be purchased separately if required. Wireless audio output over Bluetooth 5.2 supports SBC, AAC, aptX, and LDAC. We would have wished for a wider support of wireless audio codecs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.434.1252825.53132.623.54027.725503441.2632728.88023.641.110022.339.312517.749.216016.159.120012.859.425013.164.63151268.4400969.45001174.363010.772.980010.375100010.977.4125012.176.1160011.866.720001269250011.876.5315011.980400012.979.4500013.376.4630013.474.5800013.576.81000013.675.71250014.873.41600014.155.9SPL24.688.2N0.678.7median 12.8median 73.4Delta1.17.130.527.621.324.418.421.522.525.320.332.315.824.115.735.116.741.515.152.61564.310.663.114.16610.869.610.971.410.575.78.876107710.178.411.177.611.977.6117412.168.612.572.512.776.513.476.413.873.21567.91469.114.169.914.15824.487.20.575.8median 12.5median 71.425.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy Management – Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ with a 10,090 mAh Battery

Power Consumption

The 10,090 mAh battery can be charged with up to 45 W. The optional 45 W power supply will charge the tablet from 0 to 100 % in around 90 minutes, according to Samsung.

For a tablet equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 we found its maximum power consumption to be at acceptable levels. However, its idle power consumption leaves room for improvement.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.07 / 0.11 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.08 / 3.69 / 3.76 Watt
Load midlight 7.72 / 9.87 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+ 5G
10090 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
10090 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
10200 mAh
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
10050 mAh
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
10000 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
 mAh
Power Consumption
10%
13%
-85%
-13%
-73%
Idle Minimum *
3.08
2.41
22%
2.2
29%
6.2
-101%
3
3%
1.8
42%
Idle Average *
3.69
3.4
8%
2.6
30%
9.07
-146%
3.4
8%
9.6
-160%
Idle Maximum *
3.76
3.43
9%
3.2
15%
9.12
-143%
4.1
-9%
9.8
-161%
Load Average *
7.72
6.63
14%
7.1
8%
8.79
-14%
9.9
-28%
12.2
-58%
Load Maximum *
9.87
10.29
-4%
11.5
-17%
12.07
-22%
13.8
-40%
12.6
-28%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Ø8.51 (3.67-15)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G: Ø6.84 (2.48-12.9)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)