A host of problems mean the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is not the iPad Pro killer it wants to be.
Ultimately, the Tab S8 Ultra is a tablet that’s the size of a laptop, mimics a laptop’s form factor (especially when paired with its keyboard case), and comes with the price tag of a laptop. But it’s far from as capable as a laptop that is more comfortable to use and easier to be productive with.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a massive, powerful tablet that wants to replace your laptop. Though it doesn't achieve that goal, it's arguably Samsung's most impressive slate yet.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra impresses with its large screen, multiple cameras and overall thin design. It is tailor-made for creatives and hybrid work.
Hands on: The Tab S8s feature “an improved multi-window mode,” offering new layout options for up to three windows at once. The company also worked with Microsoft to simplify the process of setting the Tab S8s up as a second screen for your PC, so you can case your laptop’s content over, which can be handy if you want to use a pen to quickly sign PDFs, for example.
Hands on: At $1,099 (and most likely $1,299 or $1,399 for the versions with increased memory and storage, plus possibly more for the keyboard cover), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra certainly approaches laptop pricing territory. What I found surprising is that the proposition doesn’t seem that far-fetched.
Hands on: If you're after a tablet with a huge screen - perhaps to consider as a laptop replacement using accessories - then they don't really come bigger than the Tab S8 Ultra. This slate is clearly designed for more than just watching stuff - the inclusion of the S Pen stylus and top-tier Qualcomm hardware confirm this - and if that's your intention then, well, we suspect this option might be simply a bit too big.
Hands on: I love that a tablet this large exists, especially one as feature-packed as the Tab S8 Ultra. It’s not going to be for everyone, but those who appreciate the hefty canvas will find a lot to love here.