Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 review: Feature-rich high-end Android tablet

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 is a flagship Android tablet. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, superior build quality, and the retail box comes with the free S Pen stylus.

The Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi model is priced at Rs 58,999 and the 5G variant is for Rs 70,999. On paper, it has a good set of features. But does it deliver the goods? Let’s look at this.

Design, build quality and display
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 has a high quality aluminum shield for the rear panel casing. It exudes a premium touch experience and also provides stability to the structure. It weighs 870 grams and has dimensions of 253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3 mm.

It is available in three colors: graphite, silver, rose gold. Our review unit is a graphite variant and it looks good on the eyes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

On the front, it sports an 11.0-inch WQXGA+ (2560 x 1600p) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 276 ppi (pixels per inch) and supports up to 120Hz refresh rate.

The screen size is perfect. It is neither too big nor too small, ideal for viewing multimedia content and also reading e-books.

The even-edge bezel is perfectly designed to allow room for fingers and thumb to rest on the front panel to hold it without obstructing the view of the screen.

Watching a movie on the Galaxy Tab S8’s Super AMOLED display is a treat; colors are natural, and black looks darker on screen-streamed media.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

The tablet also has four stereo speakers and they are tuned with AKG and Dolby Atmos sound systems. I have to say they really deliver audio output and never experienced any sound distortion even when turned up to maximum volume.

It also has three microphones, so audio is recorded clearly when video chatting on messaging apps.

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus or Tab S8 Ultra, which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, the generic Galaxy Tab S8 model has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. It is very tactile and responds quickly to thumbprint and quickly unlocks the screen.

Performance
As mentioned earlier, Samsung’s premium table comes with a 4nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset backed by 8GB/12GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB) and a system operating system One UI 4.1 based on Android 12.

Working on the Galaxy Tab S8 was a smooth affair and never once did it show any lag.

I felt weird playing Asphalt 8: Legends on such a big screen, but I have to appreciate how smooth it works. And, I enjoyed every moment watching the TV series and movies thanks to the brilliant AMOLED display and quad speakers tuned by AKG.

The Galaxy Tab S8 has a dual camera module – 13MP (autofocus) + 6MP (ultrawide) with LED flash on the back.

The device is capable of recording in high resolution up to 4K at 30/60 fps (frames per second) and Full HD 1080p at 30 fps.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

It takes pretty decent pictures. But I will not recommend people to walk around the garden with the big Galaxy Tab S8 to take pictures. Instead, the dual camera can be best used for taking photos of documents to be converted into digital copies. Yes, it does a good job with the Microsoft Lens – PDF Scanner app.

I should add that Samsung and Microsoft have ensured that the Galaxy Tab S8 and all other new Galaxy phones and tablets are optimized to work with all Office application suites and also sync seamlessly with Windows PCs via wired and wirelessly via the DeX connection function. .

And, with the S Pen stylus, the Galaxy Tab S8 series becomes more versatile compared to all other Android tablets in the industry. Users can unleash their creativity to doodle or even write notes.

It is so satisfying to hear the S Pen doodle sound effect while writing on the screen and makes it a wonderful user experience.


The Galaxy Tab S8 with Samsung keyboard cover. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Samsung also offers a QWERTY keyboard accessory and is available for as little as Rs 7,350 from Amazon and Samsung stores.

As noted in the first impression article, it took my fingers a while to get used to the compact keyboard. But once the muscle memory kicks in, it’s better to type with fewer errors, and if you’re a Microsoft Office service subscriber, the World app’s autocorrect will take care of those issues.

Moreover, the half-done work on the Galaxy Tab S8 can be resumed at exactly the same point on the Windows PC and complete the project.

Not only Microsoft apps, even Google’s YouTube, Duo video calling apps and more are optimized to work better on the Galaxy Tab S8, making it a tablet worth owning.

The build quality of the Samsung keyboard cover is really good and worth the asking price.


Samsung keyboard case for Galaxy Tab S8. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy Tab S8 comes with an 8000mAh battery. It serves you for a long time. Depending on the type of use, it can last a whole day or go up to three days. As a journalist, I spent the weekend only with the Galaxy Tab S8. Every time I review a device, I open the note app on the tablet to jot down my thoughts with key points and save the document. In my spare time in the evening, I used to watch a movie and scroll through the doom on social media platforms. With such activity, the device will easily serve you for more than two days.

It should be noted that I used to download the movies the day before via Wi-Fi and play them later. This reduces the battery drain rate and the tablet lasts longer.

To sum up, I have never faced the anxiety of the battery running out in the middle of writing an article or watching a movie. If you plan well, you will never have to worry about tablet battery life.

Additionally, it supports a 45W super-fast charger based on USB 3.2 Type-C and the device can be charged from zero to 100% battery capacity in about 80 minutes. However, the retail box does not come with a charger, and users need to purchase it separately.

Samsung made the decision to skip the charger to reduce the negative environmental impact of raw material extraction. They want users to reuse their old chargers for new models.

Additionally, the company claims that the retail packaging is made from recycled materials. Additionally, some of the key components of the device are made from waste reused in the ocean, such as plastic bottles and fishing nets.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Final Thoughts
The new Galaxy Tab S8 is undeniably the best Android tablet on the market. Yes, it is the most expensive among its peers. But S Pen support makes the device more versatile, not only in terms of productivity, but also in exploring the artistic creativity side of doodling. Touch response to the on-screen stylus is remarkably good. Add to that, S Pen comes free with the retail box.

The display panel is really bright and top quality. the best in the industry. Writing notes with the S Pen and even the keyboard accessory was a delightful experience.

While it’s not a replacement for ubiquitous laptops, it’s a great travel companion for completing an urgent office presentation on the go.

To top it off, Samsung is offering four years of Android OS updates (until 2026) and an additional year of security software support (until 2027), making it a device convincing one that is worth investing in for long-term use.

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