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A recent leak from Korea claims three Samsung Galaxy Tablets will be launched this year, may be this coming summer. This sounds valid as it is almost customary for Samsung to release high-end Galaxy S smartphones in threes. The upcoming tablets are variants of the Galaxy Tab S8 series. The most fascinating of them all is the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it comes with quite exceptional specs for a tab. We will talk more on these tablets and their specifications in this article.
The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G are getting obsolete in the eyes of tech freaks and I guess they are expecting something more. The three tabs to be launched are; Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (though these names are not official at the moment). These tablets could be powered by a flagship Snapdragon chipset, that’s as much information we could gather So far about them.
However, reliable leakers- Ishan Agarwal, FrontTron and TheGalox– revealed some details about the upcoming tablets. The leaks from these sources show that the tablets features fascinating specs, they also code named the Tab S8 variants “Basquait”.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
We begin with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. For the display, it packs an 11-inch TFT screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The battery capacity is 8,000mAh and it supports 45W fast wired charging. It packs a dual rear camera set up, consisting of 13MP and 5MP sensors, the front camera is 8MP. It has an S-Pen in the box, quad speakers and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. This Galaxy Tab S8 has few variants. The Wi-Fi only variant cost US$745. The LTE variant with 4G is more expensive and will cost US$834. The most expensive of this variant, the 5G variant, will cost US$923 while the optional keyboard will have a retail price of US$178. The device comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It is 6.3mm thin and weighs 502g.
Galaxy Tab S8+
Moving to the Galaxy Tab S8+ which features a 12.4-inch OLED touchscreen for the display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It weighs 575g and is 5.7mm thick. Just like the Galaxy S8, it also comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The battery capacity is 10,090mAh. similar to the Galaxy Tab S8, it features a 45W fast wired charging, but with an under-display fingerprint sensor. This tab has its own variants too with different prices. The Wi-Fi-only variant goes for US$1,031. The LTE and 5G variants cost US$1,121 and US$1,211 respectively. While the optional keyboard attachment retails at US$198.
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Finally, the top notch Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is 5.5mm thin and weighs 650g. It has the largest display size of 14.6-inch OLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Battery capacity is 12,000mAh with about 45W fast wired charging, with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The front facing camera of this tab is made up of a 5MP ultra-wide-angle lens that joins the 8MP selfie camera. The rear camera of this device is same with that of the other two tabs discussed above. The Wi-Fi only variant costs US$1,318, the 4G variant goes for US$1,408 and the 5G model goes for US$1,498. The optional keyboard attachment goes for US$288. The Ultra is said to sport a 92% screen-to-body ratio, and the slimmest bezels ever seen on a tablet.
What we don’t know
These leaks fail to identify the processor that will power these tablets. However, we suspect they will be equipped with a Snapdragon 888+ just like last year’s model. Compared to the other tablets in this Tab S8 series, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra seems to be exceptional with a 14.6-inch screen size the same size as that of some laptops. Hence, it can be used in place of a laptop though not in all cases. The competition for a better tablet device just got tougher especially as Apple tablets (iPad Pro) uses a faster M1 chipset for its processor.