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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
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8.5/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s massive screen and powerful chipset make it a beast. It has tons of potential for multitasking and accessories to help it replace your laptop. If, however, you’re looking for something solely to watch media on or play games, then this one might be a bit too much.

What's good

  • Massive AMOLED screen
  • Powerful processing
  • S-Pen included
  • Thin design

What's bad

  • Very expensive
  • Heavy and Awkward
  • Android is only so optimized for screens this large

Samsung has released three different high-end Android tablet options for 2022. The Ultra is the most powerful, but is it too much to handle?

Design

Before purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, make sure you have room for it. It’s massive and wide, and it’s also super thin.

However, this leads many reviewers to question how durable the tablet might be in long-term use. Some worried as it could be easily snapped in half or broken more easily than competing options when bouncing around in a crowded bag or bumping around in your luggage.

Display

The display is a whopping 14.6-inch monster. While that sounds great in practice, it might not be ideal for many people due to the lack of portability and difficult single-handed use.

However, it's pretty ideal for creatives like photographers or graphic designers. The pixel density isn’t the best out there, but it’s pretty good. Color accuracy and contrast are excellent.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will put up with a lot and keep going. Reviewers stated that this again seemed to be aimed at creatives, as it’s capable of multitasking and running most top-end art software.

It also did great with games too. However, reviewers stated it was challenging to use on-screen commands because of the screen orientation.

Software & Storage

The tablet runs Android 12 and offers 128, 256, and 512GB of space based on your preference. Higher storage amounts are recommended if you plan to work with video or larger files. But for light use and general productivity work, the 128GB is a generous starting option.

Cameras

Slightly different from other tablets, the Tab S7 Ultra has two different front-facing cameras: a regular 12MP lens and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. It also includes some software tweaks to allow the camera to zoom in or out as people join you on video calls and keep you in the frame during those calls, similar to Apple’s Center Stage feature.

While the tablet will never compete with most top-end phone cameras or standalone cameras, it’s pretty good as a productivity-focused option.

Battery Life

The tablet comes equipped with an 11,200mAh battery. Samsung claims it will last 15 hours, and reviewers appear to agree. Unlike many tablets, the Tab S8 Ultra can act as a charging dock for other devices you plug into it.

If you’re worried about charge times, don’t. The tablet ships with a 45W charger capable of providing a full recharge in around 80 minutes.

Audio

Reviewers were happy to report that the four speakers on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra were excellent. They had good bass and treble and worked well for watching media or using it as a speaker. Not to mention three mics and noise cancellation for video calls and conferences.

Accessories

The S-Pen comes included with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and is easily magnetically attached to the side of the tablet. There is also the option to buy a case-and-keyboard combo to use the tablet in a more laptop-like configuration.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum design
  • 14.6-inch AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 8/12/16GB of RAM
  • Android 12
  • 128/256/512GB of storage
  • 13MP+ cameras
  • 11,200mAh battery, 15 hours battery life
  • Four speakers
  • S-Pen and Keyboard case combo
  • Can be used as a charging dock for other devices

The Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a big beautiful machine for a particular type of person—mostly creatives and productivity-focused professionals.

Yet, it may be considered unwieldy and too big for those who are only looking for something to watch streaming services or use casually as a second screen. Its size also is less than ideal for gaming unless you plan to use a controller.

Pocket-Lint states, “If you're looking for a tablet with a huge screen - perhaps to consider as a laptop replacement by using some accessories - then they don't really come bigger than the Tab S8 Ultra.”

Tom’s Guide says, “The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra impresses with its large screen, multiple cameras, and overall thin design. It is tailor-made for creatives and hybrid work.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
3 GHz
Processor
Processor
3 GHz
14.6"
Screen Size
Screen Size
14.6"
13+ MP, f/2.0
Camera
Camera
13+ MP, f/2.0
11200 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck
Notebookcheck

With its 14.6-inch Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet is a real eye-catcher in the truest sense of the word. But its strengths are not only aesthetic: The fast Snapdragon ensures superb performance in all areas, the speakers deliver good sound, DeX mode can be run directly on t...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Tablet News
Tablet News

This is definitely the highest performing tablet we tested, with a very powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU inside. The front dual camera is a boon for videocalls and keeps you centered and crystal clear at all times. There’s also a DeX Mode, which lets you attach a mouse and keyboard and use a taskbar...

- James A., Tablet News
Digital Camera World
Digital Camera World

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a totally over the top, thanks to its huge screen, but a very exciting tablet for creatives. Running with the idea that bigger is better, it maxes out specs, supports S Pen input, and features a dual-front camera for high-quality ultra-wide video calls and selfies....

- Basil Kronfli, Digital Camera World
GadgetMatch
GadgetMatch

Samsung slaps the word ‘Ultra’ like a hotcake. But they’re right in doing so. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra houses the best of what Samsung can offer. The experience — whether as a tablet or a productivity device — is as seamless as the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Everything you’d expect from Samsung’s high-end dev...

- MJ Jucutan, GadgetMatch
PhoneArena
PhoneArena

Should you buy the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra if you want the best Android tablet available right now? The most versatile Android experience? And the answer is certainly yes – if you're a diehard Android user, you'll probably love this tablet, and there's no other like it. Just be sure that you really want...

- Rado Minkov, PhoneArena


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Screen Size
14.6"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra's screen size is 14.6 inches with 1848 x 2960 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
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
11200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 11200 mAh battery.

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 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 128/256/512 GB
RAM 8/12/16 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/6e
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, Wide
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 Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1848 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 240 pixels
Size 14.6 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 11200 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 Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 32.64 x 20.86 x 0.55 cm (12.9 x 8.2 x 0.2 in)
Weight 728 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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