Will the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 become an iPad killer?

Samsung has expanded its popular tablet series with S Pen with new devices. The Galaxy Tab S8 comes in as many as three versions and sizes. They range from 8 to an incredible 14.6 inches in the newly introduced Ultra model.

The new tablet generation includes the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8+ as immediate successors of the Tab S7 and S7+ as well as the new Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Samsung focuses on this model in particular and adds many practical features. The question is whether the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra can even compete with Apple’s iPad?

Samsung’s three new Galaxy S22 models in a big comparison

On the tablet market, the iPad is considered the undisputed top dog. A big plus point here is the operation with the Apple Pencil. However, there are also such solutions for creatives in the Android sector – first and foremost the new Galaxy Tab S8 models. With their different sizes and the very slim format, they each address very different needs of the user. However, there are also some similarities.

Galaxy Tab S8 with a powerful Snapdragon chip

For example, the three tablets are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a very powerful and up-to-date octa-core chip. In addition to a prime core in the form of the Cortex X2 with up to 3.0 GHz, it also offers three Cortex-A710 performance cores with up to 2.5 GHz as well as four Cortex-A510 cores with up to 1.8 GHz that work rather energy-efficiently. Overall, the architecture is strongly reminiscent of the in-house Exynos 2200, which is used in the Galaxy S22 models. The integrated graphics unit Adreno 730 belongs to the processor.

Compared to the predecessor, the performance leap of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is rather moderate, but it works much more efficiently and has a better AI (artificial intelligence).

Colors des Galaxy Tab S8 von Samsung
Das Tab S8 steht in verschiedenen Colors zur Wahl Photo: Samsung

Alle drei Galaxy-Tablets sind wahlweise als WLAN-only- oder als 5G-Version verfügbar. Der Memory reicht von 8 bis 16 GB RAM und 128 bis 512 GB Flash, wobei sich letzterer mittels microSD-Karte um bis zu 1 TB erweitern lässt.

Ebenfalls identisch ist die Kamera auf der Rückseite des Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ und S8 Ultra. Hier hat Samsung eine Dual-Kamera mit 12 Megapixel Weitwinkel sowie 6 Megapixel Ultra-Weitwinkel verbaut. Die Front camera unterscheidet sich jedoch. Statt nur einen 80-Grad-Bereich wie bei den Vorgängern abzudecken, nimmt sie nun einen Bereich von 120 Grad auf. Hiermit möchte Samsung einen Vorteil bei der vermehrten Videotelefonie schaffen. Bei einem Call lassen sich gleich mehrere Menschen mit der Kamera erfassen, wobei diese dank “Auto Framing” automatisch auf denjenigen zoomt, der gerade spricht. Für den guten Ton bei der Videokonferenz sorgen drei eingebaute Mikrofone mit Rauschunterdrückung, die unerwünschte Hintergrundgeräusche herausfiltern. Dazu gibt es gleich vier nach vorne gerichtete Lautsprecher.

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with huge display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is still comparatively handy. It has an 8-inch display with up to 120 Hz, but it only has to make do with LTPS technology. Samsung only uses the more colorful and contrast-rich SuperAMOLED display starting with the Galaxy Tab S8+. With a diagonal of 12.4 inches, the Plus model is about as big as an A4 sheet. Samsung also offers the so-called “Note View Cover”, a cover with a transparent front flap that allows writing on paper when closed. Special Paperlike display foils are thus superfluous.

New to the lineup is the Ultra model, which brings a display with a whopping 14.6 inches. It is thus larger than many a laptop and difficult to hold, especially for small hands. In addition, it weighs over 720 grams, which makes it difficult to hold for long periods of time. Thus, the Ultra model is especially suitable as a laptop replacement with a stand sleeve and keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
The Galaxy Tab S8 can be expanded with a keyboard dock Photo: Samsung

Tablets score with high connectivity and S-Pen

Above all, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra offers enough space for the new multitasking features that Samsung introduces with Android 12 and One UI 4.1. Users can, for example, divide the screen into different areas thanks to “Multi Windows” and thus work with several apps and applications at the same time. A function that the iPad also offers is practical here. The devices connected via Samsung account, such as smartphones or tablets, allow a fluent and effortless file exchange among each other. For example, if users make notes with the S Pen or take screenshots, they can be seamlessly transferred to the Galaxy smartphone. Galaxy Book owners can also use any Tab S8 model as a portable secondary monitor with touchscreen capabilities.

Samsung verspricht für die Tablets vier Jahre lang Android- und fünf Jahre lang Securitysupdates.

Unlike Apple, Samsung includes the S Pen with every Galaxy Tab S8. The manufacturer has again reduced the latency compared to the predecessors so that users can use the pen even more naturally. Whether drawing or writing – the S Pen allows a much broader use of the tablets and their functions.

Galaxy Tab S8 models in comparison

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Display 11 inch LTPS,
up to 120 Hz
12.4 inch SuperAMOLED,
up to 120 Hz
14.6 inch SuperAMOLED,
up to 120 Hz
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels, 276 ppi 2800 x 1752 pixels, 266 ppi 2960 x 1848 pixels, 240 ppi
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1,
4 nm, octa-core
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1,
4 nm, octa-core
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1,
4 nm, octa-core
Memory 8 GB + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB,
expandable up to 1 TB
8 GB + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB,
expandable up to 1 TB
8 GB + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB
16 GB + 512 GB,
expandable up to 1 TB
Main camera Dual camera:
13 MP wide-angle, AF
6 MP Ultra Wide Angle
Dual camera:
13 MP wide-angle, AF
6 MP Ultra Wide Angle
Dual camera:
13 MP wide-angle, AF
6 MP Ultra Wide Angle
Front camera 12 MP ultra-wide angle 12 MP ultra-wide angle Dual camera:
12 MP wide-angle,
12 MP ultra-wide angle
Battery 8000 mAh
Super Fast Charging 2.0 with 45 watts, USB-C
10,090 mAh
Super Fast Charging 2.0 with 45 watts, USB-C
11,200 mAh
Super Fast Charging 2.0 with 45 watts, USB-C
Software Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Security Fingerprint sensor on the side Fingerprint sensor under the display Fingerprint sensor under the display
Connections Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2
Internet WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6E, LTE + 5G with cellular version WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6E, LTE + 5G with cellular version WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6E, LTE + 5G with cellular version
Other S Pen, quad stereo speakers from AKG, 3 microphones, Dolby Atmos. S Pen, quad stereo speakers from AKG, 3 microphones, Dolby Atmos. S Pen, quad stereo speakers from AKG, 3 microphones, Dolby Atmos.
Dimensions and weight 165.3 x 253.8 x 6.3 mm,
Wifi: 505 g
5G: 507 g
185 x 285 x 5.7 mm,
Wifi: 567 g
5G: 572 g
208.6 x 326.4 x 5.5 mm,
Wifi: 726 g
5G: 728 g
Colors Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold Graphite
MSRP 128 GB Wifi: 749 euro
128 GB 5G: 899 Euros

256 GB Wifi: 799 euros
256 GB 5G: 949 Euros

128 GB Wifi: 949 euros
128 GB 5G: 1099 euros

256 GB Wifi: 999 euro
256 GB 5G: 1149 Euros

128 GB Wifi: 1149 Euros
128 GB 5G: 1299 Euros

256 GB Wifi: 1249 euros
256 GB 5G: 1399 Euros

512 GB Wifi: 1449 euros
512 GB 5G: 1599 Euros

Prices and availability

Depending on the configuration and size, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is already available from 749 Euros. The Ultra model costs at least 1149 Euros, which puts the tablet in the price range of a laptop. The S Pen is included in all models, but a 45-watt charger and a (keyboard) cover have to be purchased separately.

The tablets will be available in stores from February 25. Pre-orders are already possible, and Samsung is tempting with bonuses. For example, the Galaxy Book Cover Keyboard Slim (Galaxy Tab S8 and S8+) or the Book Cover Keyboard (Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra) are free when ordering until February 24. If users also trade in their old tablet, they will receive an exchange bonus of 200 euros plus up to 500 euros in old device value.