Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ review: features, design and functionality

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Almost every time there is a tab in house for testing, I always make it a point to type our review on the same tab. Although there are two main categories of tabs – iPad and Android tabs – I think Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs are a category of their own. These are Samsung’s premium tabs and are positioned as laptop alternatives. This is the only debate that we reopen every time we consult one of these tabs or Apple’s high-end iPads.

The best of both worlds

First, let’s break down the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 lineup for you. All three Tabs are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. The entry-level Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Tab comes with an 11-inch LTPS LCD display, while the Tab S8+ and Ultra come with 12.4-inch and 14.6-inch Super AMOLED displays, respectively. The Tab S8+ might end up being the popular sibling, not just because of the price advantage, but also because of its screen size and weight which makes it a more practical choice.

Familiar yet stunning design

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 sticks to the familiar design aesthetic with minimal bezels and a sleek shape. The S8+ is just 5.7mm thick and weighs 567g. Samsung extends the screen-to-body ratio to 84.6%. The 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display (1752 x 2800 pixels / 266 PPI) is one of the best of all the tabs and makes a terrific screensaver. In terms of design, it’s not a huge departure from last year’s Galaxy Tab S7 series. There has been a lot of discussion around which resolution works best for a tab. The S8+ sticks to Samsung’s 16:10 tab model, but some might argue that 4:3 or 3:2 screens work better for multitasking. We think the 16:10 does the job well, especially for tabs like this that are primarily content-consuming devices. However, we do wish larger tabs like the S8+ got a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Laptop alternative?

There’s been a lot of buzz around Google’s upcoming Android 12L release for larger screen Tabs and foldables, but we’re still not convinced it’s going to change the productivity game for Android Tabs. Samsung has found its own hack to make its premium Galaxy Tabs more “productive”. First of all, it’s the keyboard accessory. We tried the Tab S8+ with the book cover keyboard which sells for Rs 12,499. It lacks a trackpad but otherwise it is quite comfortable to type on.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

Samsung also introduced the S-Pen. The upgraded S-Pen reduced input latency from 9ms to 2.8ms and is ideal for annotating PDFs or taking notes. It tends to slip occasionally when stuck to its designated charging spout on the back of the device. Samsung’s proprietary DeX solution that mimics a laptop is a decent workaround and lets you maximize the device’s productivity credits. We would always say this, Android needs to work on a serious alternative to the iPad OS. This tab should still work for creating MS Excel and Word documents on the go.

Always the Android Tab to beat

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is the best Android tab on the market; the larger Ultra might be for you if you prefer gigantic screens. It powers up quickly, powered by the same processor as the Galaxy S22 flagships which pairs with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device scored an impressive 3165 on our Geekbench benchmark tests. Battery life is solid; you should get around 10 hours of video playback, more than you’ll need for an all-night Netflix binge session. You can power up the device in no time – there’s no charging pad in the box, but it does support 45-watt fast charging. If you’re looking for a content consumption device that can also do the job of a lightweight productivity machine on the go, the Tab S8+ won’t let you down.

the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ (8GB/128GB) is available in graphite, silver and rose gold and costs Rs 74,999 for the Wi-Fi variant and Rs 87,999 for the 5G variant.