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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
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7.6/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 works well for anyone looking to replace an older tablet or their first Android tablet. However, you might be better off hanging onto the S7 if you already have one, as this one doesn’t have a lot of new things on offer.

What's good

  • Nice design
  • Powerful processor
  • Vibrant display
  • S-Pen included
  • Great audio

What's bad

  • Book cover accessory feels cramped
  • Not a significant upgrade over the previous generation
  • Still can’t compete with an iPad for finish or performance

When Samsung releases a new device, consumers expect a certain level of quality and improvement from one generation to the next. But Apple still dominates tablet sales at the top, so how does the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 compete?

Design

There’s no change between the design of this tablet and its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. Everything is the same, and reviewers aren’t sure how they feel about that.

Some felt that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, while others said they were disappointed.

However, there is one small addition this time around in the Rose Gold colorway.

Display

The 11-inch LCD is vibrant, according to reviewers. It has the 120Hz refresh rate we expect from new top-end devices. However, none of this is a surprise as Samsung’s top-tier devices have built a reputation on impressive displays.

It's one of the central areas in which Samsung excels, without a doubt.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 features the newest chipset available from Samsung. Reviewers said the tablet kept up with almost anything they threw at it, including multiple apps and streams and lots of gaming.

Software & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 runs Android 12 with some extra addons from Samsung running over the top. Reviewers didn’t find Samsung’s changes too heavy-handed or intrusive.

You’ll also find your choice of 128 or 256GB of storage, which is plenty for a nice selection of media, apps, and more.

Cameras

Tablet cameras are only going to get so good compared to other smart devices out there. So while you won’t want to keep it around as your primary shooter, reviewers mentioned that the camera is quite suitable for social media posting, video calls, and Augmented Reality type tasks.

Battery Life

The battery life on this tablet is very respectable. Reviewers averaged around 12 to 13 hours of battery life in most tests.

It also benefits from 45W fast charging, making top-offs speedy when the battery level dips low.

Audio

Reviewers stated that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 offers decent sound with clear, bright-sounding speakers. However, as with most tablets, the bass was very flat.

If something you want to watch or listen to is bass-heavy, you’ll want a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Accessories

Reviewers were delighted that Samsung includes the S-pen with the tablet, whereas most of the competition only offers an active stylus as an optional accessory (if at all.)

There is a magnetic strip on the back for the pen to stick to when not in use. This storage method received mixed reviews. So if you’re worried about keeping up with your S-pen, plan on a case to keep things extra secure.

The Bookcase and keyboard combination is the other accessory available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. The keys were delightfully clacky, reviewers stated, well pronounced and not hard to push. However, the bookcase made it feel a bit cramped for long-term use.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum design
  • 11-inch LCD
  • Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • Android 12
  • 128/256GB of storage
  • 12MP cameras
  • 12-13 hour battery life
  • Stereo speakers
  • S-pen and Bookcase keyboard

The Bottom Line

Samsung is still a quality and performance leader in most rights. But if you already own a tablet from a recent generation, the S8 isn’t an upgrade worthy of being excited about. It’s snappy, has a bright screen, and does things well, but so does the S7. It mostly comes down to personal preference and what you’re willing to spend.

If you’re replacing a tablet that’s a few years old (or searching for your first premium Android tablet), the tablet is a shining example of the potential of Android tablets.

Pocket-Lint says, “A great premium Android tablet experience with top-tier hardware and a great design. The thing is we could say the very same about the almost identical Tab S7 from 18 months prior, as not much has changed generation to generation.”

Tech Radar states, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus are remarkably limited upgrades compared to 2020’s Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus. If you’re after an Android tablet, this will likely be a top choice for 2022.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
3 GHz
Processor
Processor
3 GHz
11"
Screen Size
Screen Size
11"
13+ MP, f/2.0
Camera
Camera
13+ MP, f/2.0
8000 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Reviewed
Reviewed

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 is a fine tablet despite the quirks of its display aspect ratio and the limitations of the Android operating system. It’s bundled with an excellent stylus, is easy to handle or pack for travel, and has strong battery life. I enjoyed my time with the tablet. Yet the Galaxy Tab...

- Matthew S. Smith, Reviewed
Hothardware
Hothardware

The Galaxy Tab S8 lineup offers a range of premium Android tablets for a variety of use-cases, from a mobile entertainment/media device to a portable productivity machine and something in-between. While Samsung currently owns the premium Android tablet space, the company hasn’t been complacent in it...

- Nathan Wasson, Hothardware
The Verge
The Verge

After years of not seeing a great reason to buy an Android tablet, I have to admit that Samsung has presented a compelling pitch this time around — provided you are already in the Samsung Android ecosystem. The Tab S8 and S8 Plus integrate well enough with other Samsung products, they are excellent...

- Dan Seifert, The Verge
Smartprix
Smartprix

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tops the charts of best Android tablets in the market. Samsung has been offering these tabs with top-of-the-line hardware but they have been let down by the half-baked Android ecosystem. Having said that, in recent times, Samsung has taken it upon itself to patch some of th...

- Deepak Rajawat, Smartprix
ZDNet
ZDNet

The Galaxy Tab S8 has surprised me with its appeal over the past few weeks and has exceeded my expectations. It's not a major upgrade over the Tab S7 with the same form factor, but it does have the latest and greatest processor, improved cameras on the front and back, and improved S Pen latency. For...

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet


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Screen Size
11"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8's screen size is 11 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ MP, f/2.0 camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
8000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 8000 mAh battery.

Galaxy Tab S8 Specs

Overview
Release Date February 25, 2022
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 12

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Processor Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Cellular
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels, f/2.0, Wide
6+ Megapixels, f/2.2, Ultrawide
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Ultrawide
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 276 pixels
Size 11 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 8000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Up to 45 W
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Pink Gold, Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.38 x 16.53 x 0.63 cm (10 x 6.5 x 0.2 in)
Weight 507 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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