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Early Galaxy Tab S8 rumors hint at basic upgrades, slower fast charging

Samsung is expected to continue building upon its Android tablet legacy with a couple of high-end Galaxy Tab S8 models later this year. The company has yet to acknowledge this but there’s no strong reason to believe that the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+ won’t get any direct sequels in 2021. So then, the Galaxy Tab S8 and the Galaxy Tab S8+ will likely be unveiled in the second half of the year, and now, the first bits of information regarding the flagship tablets’ hardware have emerged.

According to a relatively small tech YouTube channel known as The Galox, the Galaxy S8 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset and 8GB / 12GB RAM, while featuring 128GB / 256GB / 512GB of on-board storage. The tablets will reportedly have the exact same display configuration and fingerprint sensor location as last year’s models. The smaller variant will feature a 11-inch 120Hz LCD, whereas the Plus model will boast a 12.4-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel.

Likewise, battery capacities for the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8+ will remain unchanged at 8,000mAh and 10,090mAh, respectively, but fast charging will be downgraded to 25W.

Just how accurate are these alleged Galaxy Tab S8 / S8+ specs?

It’s difficult to tell just how true these rumors might be but for what it’s worth, they look like educated guesses, so even if these specs aren’t entirely accurate, they’re probably in Samsung’s ballpark — assuming of course that the company does indeed plan to release a new flagship tablet duo later this year.

Even so, we advise you to take this information for what it is. There’s a lot that can happen and change by the third quarter of the year, especially now that Samsung is rearranging its product portfolio in less-predictable ways than before.

On the other hand, recent history could be an indication of future events. Samsung has already removed 45W fast charging from its latest Galaxy S21 flagship phone series so there’s reason to believe that the company might want do the same for its upcoming Galaxy Tab S8 duo. A new chipset is par for the course and the Snapdragon 888 is a prime contender.

There’s not much else to be said at this point, but time will eventually reveal Samsung’s true intentions for the flagship Android tablet segment this year. We’ll keep you posted.

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