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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 line adds a xiv.half-dozen-inch ‘Ultra’ model — is the iPad Pro in trouble?

Milky way Tab S8 Ultra
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Apple tree amend sentry its back! Samsung merely unleashed a trio of tablets: the Milky way Tab S8, the Milky way Tab S8+ and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Samsung typically releases ii stratas for the Milky way Tab S series: an entry-level model and a “Plus” version. Now the Korean-based tech giant added a newbie to its line: a giant 14.6-inch “Ultra” model. You may exist wondering, “What’s so special almost the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra?” Well, you’ve come up to the right identify! Hither’due south a full breakdown so you tin determine whether the gigantic Android flagship tablet is right for you lot.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 line kicks off at $699, $l more than than its predecessor’s starting cost tag. The 11-inch entry-level model is packed with an octa-core, 4-nanometer chip, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. There’s also a 256GB configuration.

For $899, you tin snag the Galaxy Tab S8+. It comes with the aforementioned aforementioned specs, relieve for a larger 12.4-inch Super AMOLED brandish and x,090 mAh battery (the entry-level variant comes with an viii,000 mAh battery).

Now let’s talk about the star of the prove: the $1,099 Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Galaxy Tab S8 line

Galaxy Tab S8 line

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What’s so spectacular about this variant that Samsung felt compelled to tack the word “Ultra” on its name? Well, as mentioned, it has a gigantic xiv.6-inch Super AMOLED display
it has more configurations than its cheaper Milky way Tab S8 counterparts. You can snag an Ultra tablet with the following RAM and storage combos:

  • 8GB of RAM with a 128GB SSD
  • 12GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD
  • 16GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD

Galaxy Tab S8 line

Galaxy Tab S8 line

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Keep in heed that the iPad Pro, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s rival, doesn’t offer anything larger than a 12.9-inch display. While the iPad Pro offers a configuration with 16GB of RAM, there are reports that iPadOS apps don’t accept total advantage of it due to an declared 8GB of RAM cap.

Pre-orders offset on Feb. ix; Aircraft starts on Feb. 25.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 design

The Galaxy Tab S8 line appears to be cutting from the same blueprint cloth as its predecessor. However, the new-gen devices accept a more than solid build. The Galaxy Tab S8 consists of what Samsung calls “armor aluminum.” It’s reportedly thirty% more scratch-resistant and 40% less prone to bending compared to the Milky way Tab S7.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Samsung Galaxy  Tab S8

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Similar the Galaxy Tab S7 family, the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ and S8 Ultra feature a black silo on the dorsum to house the South Pen. All will sport a dual-camera rear setup, only the specs differ (I’ll swoop into this later). The bezels on the Galaxy Tab S8 and S8+ are slim, only, of course, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has to steal the evidence with its barely-at that place frame.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Another striking blueprint novelty worth pointing out is the notch featured on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. It’s nothing more than a tiny dip into the display to accommodate a light sensor, mic and two camera lenses. Despite its trivial presence, the notch has always been a polarizing design (e.1000. the iPhone 13’southward notch).

All models come up with a USB three.2 Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

Samsung Milky way Tab S8

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The upper-tier models offer an in-display fingerprint reader while the entry-level variant features a biometric authentication sensor on the ability button. All three support facial recognition.

The Tab S8 is the thickest slate of the trio (0.25 inches), but it’south as well the lightest device at ane.1 pounds. The Galaxy Tab S8+ and the S8 Ultra share the same thinness (0.22 inches), but at a weight of 1.6 pounds, the S8 Ultra is expectedly heavier than the S8+ (i.27 pounds).

The lower-end Galaxy Tab S8 models come up in three colors: Graphite, Silver and Pink Gold. The Ultra variant only comes in Graphite.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 display

When we reviewed the Galaxy Tab S7 line, we gushed over the S7+’s Super AMOLED display. The console popped and featured rich blacks. Our reviewer called information technology “breathtaking” and asserted that the Galaxy Tab S7+’due south panel is a persuasive selling bespeak.

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Samsung continues its visual treat tradition with the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S8+. It, too, comes with a Super AMOLED display. The 2800 x 1752-pixel panel too offers a 120Hz refresh rate.

The screen specs for the entry-level Galaxy Tab S8 aren’t as exciting, but its eleven-inch display should exist satisfactory with its full Hd panel and 120 Hz refresh charge per unit. The xiv.6-inch Milky way Tab S8 Ultra, similar its mid-tier sibling, also comes with a Super AMOLED, 120 Hz display. Its pixel count, however, is slightly higher (2960 x 1848). The Ultra model too has the highest screen-to-body ratio ever featured on a Galaxy Tab S serial device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 photographic camera and bombardment

The Milky way Tab S8 and S8+ have the aforementioned camera specs. On the rear, you’ll find a 13 MP auto-focus lens and a 6MP ultra-wide lens. For selfies, you can use the front-facing, 12MP ultra-broad camera.

The rear camera setup of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra matches its lower-tier siblings, but on the front, you’ll detect an boosted 12MP photographic camera (broad) for a sweet dual-lens system.

Galaxy Tab S8

Milky way Tab S8 line

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The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra features the biggest battery (11,200 mAh). As mentioned, the Tab S8 and S8+ come with 8,000 mAh and 10,090 mAh batteries, respectively.

The Ultra variant may have the largest cell, but that doesn’t mean it will have the all-time bombardment life. To requite you some perspective, when we tested the Galaxy Tab S7 (8,000 mAh), it lasted a whopping 13 hours and 8 minutes. The Milky way Tab S7+ (10,090 mAh), on the other hand, could but survive for eight hours and 51 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 S Pen

The Due south Pen has ever been a fan favorite amid Samsung consumers, and the popular stylus has gotten a few improvements alongside the Galaxy Tab S8.

Thank you to a prediction algorithm that begets ultra-low latency, the new-and-improved S Pen delivers an feel that heightens the realistic feel of gliding a pen across paper.

Artists and creatives will also appreciate Samsung’s exclusive partnership with Clip Studio Pigment, an app that can transform your Milky way Tab S8’due south expansive screen into a digital canvas while using your S Pen as a paintbrush. Y’all tin also utilize your smartphone equally a colour palette while using Prune Studio Paint.

According to Samsung, the app lets you “customize tools, cull brush options, and even select bright real-world colors from pictures taken on your synced Galaxy phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra outlook

The premium tablet marketplace seems to be Apple’southward domain, merely Samsung is adamant to dethrone the iPad, specially the Pro model. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra comes out swinging with a swanky Super AMOLED, 120Hz display, a massive console, and aplenty memory and storage.

Let’s non forget that this trio of tablets all come up with an S Pen — Apple charges $129 for its stylus. Could the Milky way Tab S8 line degrade the iPad line? Only fourth dimension will tell.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master’south degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire’s business beat in 2022. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her fourth dimension on the business shell, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Prove (CES) and the latest tablets. Afterward eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she’due south finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!


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