With the hot new Galaxy Tab S7 FE (5G) “mid-ranger” looking an awful lot like last year’s ultra-high-end Tab S7+ and sharing a number of its key specs with the similarly premium Tab S7, you may have been left wondering what Samsung is planning for its undoubtedly fast-approaching Galaxy Tab S8 family.
The tablet market is not ready for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra beast
Galaxy Tab S7+ (left), iPad Pro 2020 (right)
The entry-level 8GB RAM/128GB ROM configuration could fetch the rough equivalent of over $1,300 (!!!) in South Korea, and while a Bluetooth-equipped S Pen will be included as standard, you’ll have to pay even more for a mystery new “premium” keyboard, as well as optional 5G speeds.
The Galaxy Tab S8+ sounds… familiar
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Samsung is working on a 12.4-inch Android tablet with a 120Hz OLED screen, 10,090mAh battery, dual 13 + 5MP rear-facing cameras, single 8MP selfie shooter, quad speakers, and under-display fingerprint recognition capabilities.
Galaxy Tab S7+
Just like in the Tab S8 Ultra’s case, it remains to be seen if the “fastest next-gen” SoC is the existing Snapdragon 888 or some sort of as-yet unreleased sequel. That might be one of the very few meaningful internal upgrades brought to the table by the Galaxy Tab S8+, so it better be worth the wait… and the $1,000+ starting price (in Korea).
Compared to the Tab S7+, this somewhat repetitive follow-up effort is expected to offer an extra 2 gigs of RAM (for a grand total of 8) together with the same old 128 gigs of local digital hoarding room in its most affordable least expensive version.
The Galaxy Tab S8 will also pack the “fastest next-gen” chipset
Much like its bigger (non-Ultra) brother, the “regular-sized” Tab S8 looks set to retain most of the specs and features of its 11-inch predecessor. That includes LTPS TFT display and 120Hz refresh rate technology, as well as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 8,000mAh battery capacity, and the same impressive 45W fast charging support as the Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra.
With 8 gigs of memory and 128GB storage space and no 4G LTE or 5G connectivity (which will however be offered as options), the Galaxy Tab S8 could cost as much as 829,000 won in Samsung’s homeland, equating to a little under $750.