Samsung's latest Unpacked event showcased a new line of tablets, the Galaxy Tab S8 series – the Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus and S8 Ultra. Samsung has taken the right, best (biggest) and best (biggest) approach to this. As the top of the line, the Ultra touts a massive 14.6-inch screen size with 2960 x 1848 resolution and a starting price of $1,099.99. The Tab S8 Plus is the next size up with a formidable 12.4-inch, 2800 x 1752 display for $899.99, and the smaller Tab S8 has an 11-inch, 2560 x 1600 panel for $699.99.
These new models create a bit more choice if you're looking for an Android tablet — a fairly small area outside of Samsung. We'll have to do a full review before we can say just how much the Tab S8 series offers in these three form factors, but in the meantime these tablets are due out February 25th and pre-orders are now open at retailers like Samsung, Best Buy , Amazon B&H Photo and Verizon. We're here to guide you through pre-ordering the one you want and even getting added value through a promotion or offer.
While the trio of tablets share a lot in common – including eight-core processors, 128GB starting storage capacity, quad-speaker arrays, metal chassis and a new S Pen included in the box – there are a few key factors to choose from. depending on your priorities. The most obvious is the size, with nearly five inches separating the Tab S8 from the S8 Ultra.
The Tab S8's smaller display isn't just more portable – it's also relegated to using a more basic LED panel, while the two jumbo-sized tabs get the OLED processing. Larger OLED panels with higher contrast and color quality make the Tab S8 Plus and S8 Ultra a logical choice if you like to watch a lot of videos or prefer more physical space to use the included S Pen. However, if you hate notches, the Tab S8 Ultra has a small cutout at the top to accommodate the larger display. Finally, if you need a cell-connected tablet, the Tab S8 Plus is the only model configurable with 5G radio.
As for the color options, the Tab S8 Ultra comes in graphite (dark gray), while the Tab S8 and S8 Plus can be ordered in graphite, silver, and rose gold finishes.
You can currently pre-order these new tablets directly from Samsung or from various retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo. The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is the only 5G-enabled tablet of the trio, so it's also available from mobile carriers like Verizon. Let's break down availability model by model, highlighting any special promotions on offer that you can take advantage of if you're an early adopter.
The 11-inch Galaxy Tab S8 is ready to pre-order from Samsung, Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo, starting at $699.99 for 128GB of storage. Upgrading to 256GB brings the price to $779.99. All four retailers are sweetening the deal for early adopters a bit by adding a free slim book keyboard cover with pre-order.