In the world of tablets, there are two main reasons why many consider Apple’s iPad Pro superior to Android tablets: silicon and software. Before the M1 chip, Apple’s A-series Bionic processors were hard enough to beat. But now with the M1 on board, Apple has upped the ante by infinity.
Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon processors, as well as Samsung’s Exynos, are impressive, no doubt, but they don’t quite offer the integration that Apple’s homegrown computing engine can. Then there’s iPadOS, the App Store, and those two million apps designed just for the iPad including an advanced version of Adobe Photoshop. Google hasn’t taken the tablet variant of Android apps seriously for some time.
Sure, most of them work on tablets, but not enough of them have fully optimized versions for slates such as Samsung’s. Until that doesn’t change, the user experience on iPads will be better, period. But on the hardware side of things, Samsung is giving Apple a run for their money.
In fact, Samsung’s flagship tablets are better in almost all sectors except the silicon. And we have information about Samsung’s next tablet which suggests Samsung is taking the hardware game to a whole new level. You see Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S smartphones come in three variants these days, and it looks like 2021 is the year when the flagship tablet lineup will mirror that logic.
According to a huge leak out of South Korea, there will be three variants of the Galaxy Tab S8. Those are S8, S8+, and a new addition the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, a tablet so bonkers that you’ll be blown away.
This information is coming from Samsung itself via a survey it sent out to its customers in South Korea. It suggests, the Tab S8 Ultra will feature a truly massive 14.6-inch OLED 120Hz display. This is laptop territory that we’re entering now. It’s going to be the largest tablet out there with the absolute thinnest bezels
It seems the tablet will have reduced bezels according to the picture Samsung sent out. The bezels are so thin that they had to resort to a notch to fit the dual front-facing cameras. Yes, the number of front cameras has been increased, the specs of which are 8 MP wide + 5 MP ultrawide. Having thin bezels is great to look at, but I’m not sure if that’s a good idea on tablets. I mean you need something to hold on to especially on a tablet of a proper laptop size. I guess time will tell.
The tablet will measure an impressive 5.5mm thin and weigh 650g. The larger surface area of the Ultra model would allow Samsung to spread components out more, reducing the thickness.
Also, it will have a ridiculous 12,000mAh battery that supports 45W charging. The processor is unknown but it will be paired with 8/12GB RAM and 128/512GB storage respectively. There’s a dual 13+5MP camera setup at the back. It supports S Pen, there are quad speakers tuned by AKG and Samsung may also launch a new premium keyboard accessory with 165° angle adjustment. All of them will support Android 11 with the latest One UI.
The leak also shows off some on-device DeX mode features, including a laptop mode, tablet mode, drawing mode, and viewing mode. And here are the specifications of the other two Tab S8’s. the S8 and S8+ and they offer some common features.
There’s also some pricing info the S8, S8+, and the Tab S8 Ultra will start at $740, $1,120, and $1,320 respectively based on the conversion from Korean Won. Remember that it’s for the Korean market so the prices will differ worldwide. But rest assured the Tab S8 Ultra will be the most expensive Samsung tablet ever.