The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is hardly an enigma, as we’ve seen countless leaks regarding the series over the past few months. Some new renders reveal the lowest member of the family from every angle, though it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
These come from popular leaker Evan Blass, who recently also revealed a poster for Galaxy Unpacked that announced it would drop on February 9 – that’s the launch event where we expect to see the next Android tablet as well as the Galaxy S22 range.
Blas’ Twitter account, where Galaxy Tab renders were shared, is private, so you can only see them if you follow the account. But if you’ve seen previously leaked images for the tablet, including these listings or renders, you’ll know what to expect – and the slates don’t look all that different from the Tab S7 series anyway.
Like that older tablet, the Tab S8 has a recess on the back for the S Pen stylus; it also has a USB-C port, four speaker grilles, no 3.5mm headphone jack, dual rear cameras, and a front-facing snapper that sits on top when the tablet is in landscape mode.
Three colors of the tablet are shared, so there will likely be a grey, white and pink version, although it’s possible there will be more shades as well.
Analysis: enough material
Basically, every Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 leak has circled its screen size, design or internals. But that’s not too important when it comes to tablets.
From what we’ve heard, the tablet doesn’t sound too exciting, or too different from the Tab S7, save for the giant-sounding Ultra member of the lineup. But there could be more that we don’t hear.
Tablets, like all other types of technology, are defined as much by software as they are by hardware, and so far we haven’t heard many software leaks for the upcoming list.
To know whether Tab S8 is a useful tool or not, we need to know how it works and what improvements it has over its predecessor. We’d love to see new stylus tricks, or improved ways to multitask, or ways to sustain its battery for long periods of work, and so far we don’t know much about that.
While the leakers are focusing on the hardware, it’s hard to get a good picture of the slate from a user perspective, and until new software features are leaked, it will stay that way.
Alternatively, Galaxy Unpacked is probably only two weeks away, so if the leaks don’t give us what we need, we might have to wait until Unpacked to see what happens with these new slates.