It’s extremely possible the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 might find yourself being the best Android tablet of the yr – partly as a result of it is shaping as much as be a very highly effective gadget, and partly as a result of there simply aren’t that many slates operating the Google-designed software program.
Certainly, the Android pill panorama is fairly sparse today, however one firm that may be relied upon to launch spectacular slates is Samsung, with its Galaxy Tab S vary proving to be actual alternate options to an iPad. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE has now damaged cowl, and the Tab S8 may very well be out earlier than the top of the yr. That stated, we’re now listening to that it may not land till early 2022.
It is going to be the comply with as much as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which with their massive screens and stylus and keyboard equipment are a match for Apple’s greatest in numerous methods. However their successors – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, alongside probably with a Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely – at the moment are within the works.
Under then you definitely’ll discover a listing of the principle issues we wish from Samsung’s subsequent prime tablets, however earlier than that we’ve included particulars on the possible launch date and value, together with the leaks and rumors which can be beginning to construct up – and we’ll be updating this text each time we hear something new, so examine again usually.
Minimize to the chase
- What’s it? The subsequent premium Samsung pill
- When is it out? Presumably August however possibly not till early 2022
- How a lot will it price? We do not know, however it’s positive to be costly
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 launch date and value
One release date rumor factors to early 2022 for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. That is according to another more recent rumor, which instructed the vary would land alongside the Samsung Galaxy S22, which we’re anticipating in or round January. One other supply has additionally now said the same.
We might nevertheless take that with a pinch of salt, as whereas Samsung isn’t completely in line with when it releases new Galaxy Tab S fashions, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 vary and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 all hit shops in August of their launch years.
So previous to this rumor we had anticipated the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 would land in or round August of 2021. However with chipset shortages affecting smartphone and pill manufacturing, it is definitely doable the slate might have slipped into subsequent yr.
As for the worth, there’s no information there, however the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 began at $649.99 / £619 / AU$1,149, whereas the pricier Galaxy Tab S7 Plus began at $849.99 / £799 / AU$1,549, so costs could also be related for the following mannequin. If something although the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 vary may cost a little extra, for the reason that pattern is for costs to rise.
Leaks and information
The primary main Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leak to get our consideration reveals plenty in regards to the upcoming slate, which can apparently be out there in 11-inch, 12.4-inch and 14.6-inch variations – with that final one an enormous addition to the road.
Specs-wise, the tablets are stated to prime out at 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the biggest mannequin, whereas 5G variants might be out there. All three fashions are being tipped to have dual-lens 13MP+5MP cameras on the again, together with an 8MP digicam on the entrance (although the Tab S8 Extremely apparently additionally has a 5MP ultra-wide lens on the entrance).
This leak additionally factors to an 8,000mAh battery in the usual Galaxy Tab S8, a ten,090mAh one within the Tab S8 Plus, and a 12,000mAh one within the Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely.
That is barely at odds with another leak although, which agrees on the scale of the battery within the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, however suggests the Extremely mannequin has an 11,500mAh one.
As for the chipset, one leak points to the Exynos 2200 getting used within the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely, and the Snapdragon 898 getting used within the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. These are anticipated to be the 2 speediest Android chipsets of early 2022.
That stated, we have elsewhere heard that each one three fashions might use the Snapdragon 898 chipset. Moreover, the three slates would possibly assist 45W charging, which is fairly speedy.
We will predict a couple of issues in regards to the upcoming tablets too. Primarily based on previous type, two of those three fashions will possible be known as the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Plus. The highest mannequin in the meantime is rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
The Plus and Extremely fashions will in all probability even have an AMOLED display screen, and they’re going to possible additionally each have a 120Hz refresh charge and a top-end chipset (we’re anticipating this to be the Snapdragon 888 or Snapdragon 888 Plus from Qualcomm).
What we wish to see
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and significantly the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are glorious slates, with the latter topping our best Android tablets listing, however they’re not good. Right here’s what Samsung can do to make the Tab S8 even higher.
1. Extra ports
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is nearly a laptop computer, particularly when you add the elective keyboard accent, however it has only one USB-C port, which limits its versatility a bit.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 we’d prefer to see a second port added, and ideally additionally a 3.5mm headphone port. Tablets don’t should be as slim and compact as telephones, so we reckon the usefulness of getting such a port is bigger than the area saved by eradicating it.
2. A aggressive value
The Galaxy Tab S vary is positioned on the excessive finish of the market, so these slates are all the time going to be costly, however we famous in our Tab S7 overview that the worth is a bit too excessive actually, so we’d prefer to see that addressed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 vary.
We’re not satisfied the worth will go down, however stranger issues have occurred, so we’ve bought our fingers crossed.
3. A backlit keyboard cowl
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 helps an elective keyboard cowl, one which is usually fairly good, however the truth that the keys aren’t backlit means it’s exhausting to make use of at the hours of darkness.
It’s a small factor however one that might make a giant distinction to some folks, so we’d just like the keyboard cowl for the Galaxy Tab S8 to have backlit keys.
4. An OLED display screen on all fashions
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus has an OLED display screen, however the fundamental Tab S7 is lumbered with an inferior LCD one, so for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 we wish to see OLED on each fashions.
With increasingly firms providing OLED screens on their units and Apple now providing them on virtually each iPhone, we predict it’s cheap for even essentially the most fundamental slates in Samsung’s flagship pill vary to make use of OLED too.
Plus, whereas Apple has embraced OLED on its telephones, the iPad vary truly nonetheless makes use of LCD, so that is a technique wherein the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 might stand out.
5. A fingerprint-resistant again
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus have an aluminum again and a premium feel and look, however one factor that spoils the look considerably is how liable to selecting up fingerprints they’re, as we famous in our overview.
This can be a downside confronted by many telephones and tablets, however it’s one which we’d like Samsung to try to remedy for the Galaxy Tab S8, particularly as tablets don’t get coated up by instances as often as telephones, so we wish a again that stays pristine.