There was a time period when the tablet market was pretty much moribund. Unlike phones, tablets weren’t being manufactured with new features designed to have you shelling out for a new model each year. At the same time, larger phone display sizes led many consumers to wonder what the hell they needed a tablet for anyway.
Samsung rumored to release powerful new tablets early next year including one “Ultra” model
What made the tablet market turn around was the global spread of the pandemic. Unable to work from the office or attend school, parents and their children turned to tablets for work and lessons. And when the day was through, the very same device that was so invaluable during the working day became the go-to device for streaming video, music, and playing games during the evening hours.
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will reportedly feature a 14.6-inch OLED display, 1.7 inches larger than Apple’s largest sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. The battery keeping the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra up and running is said to weigh in at 12000mAh. The trio will each support the S Pen, a premium QWERTY keyboard accessory, and will connect to Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G signals.
Apple and Samsung are the top two tablet manufacturers worldwide and both have been helped by the pandemic
Pricing of the three tablets, based on converting rumored Korean Won prices to U.S. Dollars (hardly a foolproof method for estimating prices stateside) could start at $740 for the Tab S8, rise to $1,120 for the Tab S8+ and hit $1,320 for the Tab S8 Ultra.
The big question is whether the rebounding demand for tablets continues even when the number of people coming down with COVID finally dwindles to more manageable numbers.