Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 was one of the best Android tablets at the time it was released and was a decent iPad rival for anyone looking for an Android slab. The tablet received an upgrade this year in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. While the display size remains the same, Samsung claims to have made improvements in the newer version — but is the newer model worth buying? Here’s a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 versus Galaxy Tab S7 comparison to help you decide if the Galaxy Tab S8 is worth upgrading for or whether you can save money by grabbing the older model.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Size253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3mm (9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches)253.8 x 165.3 x 6.3mm (9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches)
WeightWi-Fi: 503 grams (17.74 ounces)

LTE: 507 grams (17.88 ounces)

Wi-Fi: 498 grams (17.56 ounces)

LTE: 500 grams (17.63 ounces)

Screen size11-inch LCD11-inch LCD
Screen resolution2560 x 1600 pixels (274 pixels per inch)2560 x 1600 pixels (274 ppi)
Operating systemAndroid 12, OneUI 4.1Upgradable to Android 12, OneUI 4
Storage space128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB
MicroSD card slotYesYes
ProcessorQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM8GB, 12GB6GB, 8GB
CameraDual 13-megapixel wide and 6MP ultrawide rear, 12MP frontDual 13MP wide and 5MP ultrawide rear, 8MP front
Video4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 30 fps1080p at 30 fps
Bluetooth versionBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB-CUSB-C
Fingerprint sensorYes, side-mountedYes, side-mounted
Water resistanceNoNo
Battery8,000mAh8,000mAh
App marketplaceGoogle Play StoreGoogle Play Store
Network supportAll major carriers (cellular version only)All major carriers (cellular version only)
ColorsGraphite, silver, Pink GoldBlack, bronze, silver, navy
Price$699$699
Buy fromSamsungSamsung
scoreHands-onComparison

Design and display

Ajay Kumar

Both Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and the new Galaxy Tab S8 sport a similar design, which means you get a tidy edge-to-edge display with narrow bezels. On the rear, you’ll see a black magnetic strip used to dock the S-Pen, which is included in the box.

The Galaxy Tab S7 featured an 11-inch LCD with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, DCI-P3 color range, and a 120Hz refresh rate. In use, these numbers translate to a color-rich, vivid, and bright experience. Plus, the 16:10 aspect ratio makes for a great video consumption experience. The display is the same on the Galaxy Tab S8, so if your usage includes a lot of in-hand reading, both these devices will serve you well.

You also get Low Blue Light certification on both devices that helps to reduce eye strain. The Galaxy Tab S7’s display was a bit underwhelming in direct sunlight, and you can probably expect the same on the Tab S8. Both tablets come with AKG-tuned quad speakers that support Dolby Atmos, which are loud and have clear sound — making for an enjoyable media consumption experience. That said, if you are OK with a larger size and want an AMOLED display, you should look at the Plus variant for both generations.

Both devices are housed in aluminum, giving them a fair amount of durability. However, neither comes with an IP rating, so it’s best to keep them away from water and not take them to the beach with you. Both devices offer a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.

These devices have a lot in common, which means this category is a tie.

Winner: Tie

Performance, battery life, and charging

Ajay Kumar

The Galaxy Tab S7 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, which is paired with Adreno 650 GPU. This combination should mean it’s capable of running the latest 3D games without a hitch, and even the  base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage should be sufficient for most — though the option for 8GB and 256GB storage will be welcome for media-lovers.

The Galaxy Tab S8 comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, coupled with 8GB or 12GB RAM options and 128GB or 256GB of storage. So you can expect similar performance with a bit more headroom to spare. You’re going to get smooth performance regardless of the tablet you pick. You also get a microSD card slot on both devices, so you should have little problem storing anything you want to store.

Both the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S8 pack an 8,000mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging. Samsung claims this can recharge from zero to 100% in 80 minutes, but the company doesn’t bun