August 16, 2022

The strongest Android tab “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” review. Big screen makes every app comfortable

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Samsung released the “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” equipped with an organic EL display of about 14.6 inches, which is the largest among the current Android tablets, on June 23, 2022. This product uses Qualcomm’s high-end SoC “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1” as the processor (SoC). The digitizer pen “S Pen” is installed as standard, and the dedicated keyboard “Book Cover Keyboard” is available as an option. It is the highest model among Android tablets. I borrowed a prototype of this product this time, so let’s send you a review of the actual machine.
Built-in double front camera on the large screen display of about 14.6 inches
In addition to the “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” (memory 12GB / storage capacity 256GB) reviewed this time, the “Galaxy Tab S8” is available in two models, the “Galaxy Tab S8 +” (8GB / 128GB). The basic specifications other than memory, storage capacity, display size, etc. are the same.

The OS is “Android 12” and the SoC is “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1”. The display is equipped with a 14.6 inch WQXGA + (2960 x 1848) organic EL (239ppi, refresh rate: up to 120Hz, color depth: 12M). Biometric authentication supports in-screen fingerprint authentication.

The camera has a wide-angle (about 13 million pixels, F2.0) + ultra-wide-angle (about 6 million pixels, F2.2) at the rear and a wide-angle (about 12 million pixels, F2.2) + ultra-wide-angle (about 12 million) at the front. Equipped with pixels, F2.4). The “Galaxy Tab S8 +” is equipped with an organic EL display of about 12.4 inches, and the front camera is a single camera, and the fact that it is equipped with a double camera is an advantage of the “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra”.

In addition to the USB Type-C port, the external interface is equipped with a microSD memory card slot that supports up to 1TB. Wireless communication supports Wi-Fi 6 (11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.

The main body size is about 326.4 (width) x 208.6 (height) x 5.5 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 726 g. It has a built-in 11200mAh battery, and the battery life is said to be up to 8 hours when using the Internet and up to 14 hours when playing video.

The weight is heavier than the lightest class notebook PC, but when you actually bring it, it feels lighter than the size. However, since the bezel of the display is as thin as 6 mm in actual measurement, if you hold it with one hand, your fingers or the belly of your hand may touch the screen and you may operate it incorrectly. Basically, you should think of it as a terminal that should be held with both hands.

As mentioned above, the accessories include the digitizer pen “S Pen”, and the dedicated keyboard “Book Cover Keyboard” (suggested retail price is 30,800 yen including tax) is sold as an option.
The viewing angle is not listed in the spec table, but you can see what is on the screen even from the side.
Benchmark score is not as good as gaming smartphones equipped with the same SoC
Next, let’s check the performance of this unit. After conducting three benchmarks for Android, the overall score of “AnTuTu Benchmark V9.4.0” was 917880, the multi-core score of “Geekbench 5.4.4” was 3304, and the score of “Wild Life Extreme” of “3DMark” was 2395. became. At the time of writing the article (June 23, 2022), AnTuTu Benchmark’s top ranking was the gaming smartphone “Red Magic 7”, which also has “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1”, with an overall score of 1042141. In other words, this “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” has a score of about 88%.

Even though they are equipped with the same SoC, there is a big difference in the benchmark score. It seems that the “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” may not have been designed with as much emphasis on performance and cooling efficiency as gaming smartphones.
Camera quality inherited from Galaxy smartphones
The “Galaxy” series of smartphones is known for its reputation for camera performance. Not disappointing that expectation, the camera of the tablet “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” was also of high quality. Not only in the daytime, but also in the nighttime shooting, the “night view mode” strongly suppressed the overexposure of the bright and strong light source. It can be said that it has the quality that you do not have to switch to a smartphone when you have a chance to take a picture.

The “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” is equipped with a wide-angle (about 12 million pixels, F2.2) + ultra-wide-angle (about 12 million pixels, F2.4) double camera on the front. This is also easy to use. The resolution and brightness are the quality of the front camera of the smartphone, bright, accurate color development, and less noise.

In addition, you can use the “automatic framing” function when shooting a video or making a video call, and it automatically zooms in and out to change to the appropriate framing and automatically adjusts the focus. This is a function that can also be used in video conferences, and it shoots overwhelmingly higher quality images than the built-in camera of a notebook PC.
I tried shooting a video with “automatic framing” enabled. I’m really sorry that the subject is an Ossan, but I would like you to refer to how the frame is controlled.
A large screen of about 14.6 inches makes every app comfortable
Finally, let’s review the usability. First of all, the large screen of about 14.6 inches is natural but powerful. I put it side by side with the “12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation)”, and although the length is almost the same, the width of the “Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra” is about 51mm longer. Especially if it is “content with a good ratio”, it will be a great benefit.

Actual measurement value of display size
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Approximately 14.6 inches (actual measurement 313 x 195 mm)
12.9 inch iPad Pro (5th generation) Approximately 12.9 inches (actual measurement 262 x 197 mm)

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