As of 2022, Apple's iPad options will dominate the tablet market. But that's not to say Android tablets aren't available. If you're searching for an 'Android tablet,' you're likely to get recommended to buy an iPad.
The Galaxy Tab S8 lineup from Samsung is causing a huge stir right now in this space. Despite the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra's impressive specs, we recommend the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 for most people.
In comparison to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S7 was already a pretty good upgrade, so we were expecting the Galaxy Tab S8 to be no different. It seems that the company spent a significant amount of time polishing the Galaxy Tab S8. Here's a closer look at each section to see how much better it is.
There is an almost indistinguishable difference between the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S8 from the outside. As you can see in the specs table, there is nearly no difference in their dimensions.
Among the main differences between these tablets is their colors. The Galaxy Tab S7 comes in Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, and Phantom Navy.
In our Galaxy Tab S7 review, we mentioned that it was HDR10+ compatible, and watching HDR content on the tablet was an absolute delight. Since the Galaxy Tab S8 uses the same panel, it should be a similar experience.
Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S8 both pack different hardware. The Galaxy Tab S8 is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Galaxy Tab S7 is powered by Snapdragon 865 Plus. We believe the Snapdragon 865 Plus chip in the Tab S7 will still be able to handle your needs even in 2022, despite being a relatively old chip.
In addition to 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S8 also comes with up to 12GB of memory. The Galaxy Tab S7 also comes with 8GB of RAM, but the Tab S8 can have up to 12GB of RAM. There are options to purchase the Tab S7 with more internal memory, but you can also add a microSD card to either tablet.
Both Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S8 have an 8,000mAh battery inside, which should be able to keep the lights on for at least two days with light to moderate usage. Likely, you won't have to run around looking for a charger all the time to top these tablets up, but your mileage may vary based on the workload you're doing every day.
The Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S7 both feature a 13MP primary sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. In the Tab S8, there is a 6MP sensor instead of the 5MP sensor from the Tab S7, so you get an additional ultra-wide camera on both tablets.
A tablet's front-facing camera is increasingly important these days, since they can be used to video call. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8's selfie camera has been improved with a 12MP ultra-wide camera. In comparison, the Galaxy Tab S7 only comes with an 8MP wide camera that's just okay.
As soon as we know what each tablet is made of, it’s time to decide which can best suit your needs. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, which can be purchased for $699 with Wi-Fi, starts at $649, while the Galaxy Tab S7 costs $649 without Wi-Fi.
The Galaxy Tab S8 is a better option than the last year’s model if you don’t mind spending the extra money. With the new tablet, you will get extended software support for at least four years, in addition to a better chipset for improved overall performance. Also, the front-facing camera makes it ideal for those who attend a lot of video calls.
Even if you don't necessarily need the latest processor or the best camera on your tablet, it's still a great option. It runs One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 and is likely to receive a couple of updates before it's gone. Because it's a relatively old device now, the Galaxy Tab S7 is likely to be at a good price.
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