Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 vs. S7: Base model battle
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and S7 are great tablets, but which should you get?
New and powerful
Even though the Galaxy Tab S8 is the base model for Samsung's 2022 tablet lineup, it is anything but boring. Thanks to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and 8GB RAM, it's plenty powerful. The upgraded cameras will make video calls a joy and the new Dolby Atmos support brings deeper immersion to your content.
+ Fantastic performance
+Four-years of software updates
+Dolby Atmos-certified speakers
- More expensive
- Fewer color choices
Oldie but goodie
Though the Galaxy Tab S7 is starting to show its age, it is still one of the best tablets on the market — especially now that you can find good sales on it. It still has plenty of power to handle most use cases, but the base model with 6GB RAM is a bit of a bottleneck. The cameras are still serviceable, but the lack of auto framing on the front camera is a missed feature.
+Can find on sale
+Solid battery life
- Base model only has 6GB RAM
- Two-year-old processor
- No auto-framing on the front camera
- Final OS update is in 2023
It's no secret that there are a lot of Android tablets to choose from when you do an online search, but a good number of those tablets are not worth your money. An exception to that rule is many of the tablets from Samsung. For years now, Samsung has been one of the few manufacturers creating excellent, powerful tablets. The company recently took the wraps off its latest tablet offering, and so it raises the question — Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 or Tab S7?
Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Galaxy Tab S7: Battle at the base
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On the surface, these two tablets are nearly identical. The biggest difference on the outside is the colors. The Galaxy Tab S7 is offered in Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, and Phantom Navy. In comparison, the new Galaxy Tab S8 launched in three color options — Graphite, Silver, and Pink Gold. The tablets both feature an 11-inch LCD panel with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, and though it isn't AMOLED, these are bright and vibrant panels.
Because these two tablets are virtually indistinguishable on the outside, it means that the usability for each is the same. When holding the Tab S7 or S8, they are both thin and easy to manage thanks to each being so lightweight. While both tablets have a bar on the back where the included S Pen magnetically attaches, the Tab S8 doesn't try to blend it in as the prior model did. Instead, the bar is black no matter which color you pick up, which makes it stand out — for better or worse.
Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Galaxy Tab S7: Internal differences
Where these two tablets do differ is on the inside. As expected, the newest Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 features the latest processor from Qualcomm in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Inside of the Galaxy Tab S7, you'll find the Snapdragon 865+. Even though this chip is two years old, it still offers solid performance for most tasks. Alongside the latest and greatest processor, Samsung also chose to put 8GB RAM in the Tab S8 base model to improve overall performance. The Tab S7 starts at 6GB and to get 8GB you have to opt for the 256GB or 512GB internal storage model. However, both tablets offer expandable storage via microSD card up to 1TB.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Galaxy Tab S8||Galaxy Tab S7|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Snapdragon 865|
|Display||11-inch LCD (120Hz) 2560 x 1600||11-inch LCD (120Hz) 2560 x 1600|
|Memory||8GB||6 or 8GB|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB||128GB or 256GB or 512GB|
|Rear Camera||13MP AF + 6MP UW + Flash||13MP AF + 5MP UW + Flash|
|Front Camera||12MP UW||8MP|
|Battery||8,000mAh Li-Ion 45W Fast Charging||8,000mAh Li-Ion 45W Fast Charging|
|Audio||Quad Speakers + Dolby Atmos||Quad Speakers|
|Authentication||Face Unlock, fingerprint on power button||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6E (6GHz) Bluetooth 5.2||WiFi 6E (6GHz) Bluetooth 5.0|
|microSD card slot||✔️ (up to 1TB)||✔️ (up to 1TB)|
|3.5mm headphone jack||🚫||🚫|
|Dimensions||9.99" x 6.51" x 0.25"||9.99" x 6.51" x 0.25"|
|Weight||1.10 lb||1.10 lb|
|Colors||Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold||Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, Phantom Navy|
Each tablet features an 8,000mAh battery capable of up to 15 hours of usage between charges. When it is time to juice them back up, Samsung opted to include the ability to charge at up to 45W quickly.
While both tablets feature a quad-speaker setup, the Galaxy Tab S8 got a bump in the audio category. By including Dolby Atmos certification on its newest tablet, Samsung gave the device a significant increase in its ability to act as an excellent entertainment device. Whether you're gaming or streaming, the overall immersion on the Galaxy Tab S8 will be great.
Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Galaxy Tab S7: What about the camera?
Perhaps the camera department is the most significant change between the two tablets. On the backside of the devices, you'll find very similar optics, with both featuring a 13MP main camera with autofocus and flash. Beside it on the Galaxy Tab S8, there is an ultrawide 6MP sensor, with the Tab S7 sporting a 5MP ultrawide lens. Although using a tablet for photography isn't overly common, using one for video calling is a big difference between the two tablets.
While there's nothing inherently wrong with the S7's camera, compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, it's vastly outclassed. The front-facing camera on the Galaxy Tab S7 is a serviceable 8MP sensor. On the latest tablet, you'll get a 12MP ultrawide sensor. This camera setup enables it to ensure that you're in the frame thanks to the wider angle. But it also allows Samsung to use some software magic to keep you in the frame if you move around the room using the auto framing feature.
Galaxy Tab S8 vs. Galaxy Tab S7: Which should you buy?
Ultimately these are two tablet options that keep Samsung in the lead when it comes to the best Android tablets, so it'll come down to your needs and budget. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, you get a device that will get more extended software support up to at least four years, plus better performance to handle nearly any task you throw at it, improved cameras, and Dolby Atmos support. But it's likely going to cost you more.
For the Galaxy Tab S7, if you already have this tablet, it is likely not worth an upgrade to Tab S8 — unless you do a lot of video calling or need the extra performance. If you are buying a new device, the Galaxy Tab S7 is still a great tablet with solid performance. So, if you don't need the latest processor or the best cameras, then you can likely find the Tab S7 on sale to save some money. But, if you want a tablet with longer support and specs that will better handle your needs, the Galaxy Tab S8 is the one for you.
The new standard
The base model for the latest Galaxy Tab S lineup, this tablet is a nice upgrade internally over the Tab S7 thanks to the new processor, more RAM, and much improved cameras.
Still worth considering
The Galaxy Tab S7 is an excellent size for entertainment and yet still has the power to handle most tasks. However, software support will end in 2023, and if you do a lot of video calling, you'll enjoy the Galaxy Tab S8 more.
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