If you're on the market for a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 could be a good option, but when is its release date?
Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy Tab S8.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Release Date
For the likes of the S22, iPhone 13, and more upcoming tech product's, past precedent allows us to predict (quite accurately) the expected release date for these devices. However, it's a bit trickier with the Tab S8.
Initial expectations suggest the S8 could receive an August reveal at the Galaxy Unpacked show, which took place on August 11. The previous Samsung Tablet - the S7 - was first shown off at a Galaxy Unpacked event in August 2020. Samsung then released the S7 in mid-September, although the S7 FE only came to the US earlier this month.
However, this event went by without mentioning the Tab S8. Instead, it highlighted the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 phones, Galaxy Watch 4, and Galaxy Buds 2.
After the debunking of the Tab S8's appearance at the Galaxy Unpacked event, it's gone fairly quiet around the Tab 8. However, we have one rumour from a Naver blog that disclosed information about the Tab S8.
According to the blog, the S8 will not release in 2021 but is instead aiming for an early 2022 release. This would place the Tab S8 release around the same time as the Galaxy S22 phone.
Indeed, this was corroborated by a recent leak from insider Ice Universe, who tweeted the "Tab S8+ will be released with S22."
A 2022 release may help to combat some of the ongoing component shortages currently impacting the technology sector.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Price
While the release date may not line up with the S7's, we might expect the pricing to remain fairly similar.
The Galaxy Tab S7 cost $649/£619 when it launched in September 2020 - the same pricing as the Tab S6.
As such, it's likely the upcoming Tab S8 will also target this $649/£619 price point for its release. However, as shortages drive up the prices of components, there remains a chance that the S8 could cost more than its predecessors.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Pre-Order
As with most Samsung products, the Tab S8 will only go live for pre-orders a few weeks before its official launch.
Indeed, this is what happened with the range of Galaxy products revealed at the August Galaxy Unpacked event.
If you're disappointed that the Tab S8 was not revealed, and need a new Samsung product to hold you over until then, you can pre-order the recently announced Galaxy devices from below.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
We'll update this page with more information regarding the Galaxy Tab S8's pre-orders when they go live.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Ultra Specs
This leak from GSMArena is pretty hefty in that it suggests the Tab S8 will release in three different models: S8, S8 Plus, and S8 Ultra.
The base Tab S8 will feature an 11" LCD screen and 8,000 mAh battery, while the S8+ will have a 12.4" 120Hz OLED screen and 10,090 mAh battery.
The S8 Ultra will include a 14.6" 120Hz OLED display and a 12,000 mAh battery.
The three S8 tablets will allegedly include 8 GB of RAM, aside from a 512 GB S8 Ultra model, which will feature 12 GB of RAM.
The two higher-end tablets will use OLED panels for their displays, while all three versions will support a 120Hz refresh rate.
Leaker IceUniverse recently corroborated this leak, stating there will also be a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 'Ultra'.
The leaker also suggested the Tab S8 may follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S22 by using the Snapdragon 898/895 SoC, referred to in the tweet as the SM8450.
IceUniverse followed up by stating the Tab S8 series will use 45W charging.
The last few days have provided some renders for the Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Ultra, courtesy of OnLeaks on Twitter that demonstrates that the tablet may have thinner bezels than its predecessor.
However, until Samsung officially reveals its Tab S8 lineup, we cannot know for sure what the specs will be like. We'll keep you updated when that happens.