Casting a shadow on the iPad Pro
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has a 14.6-inch sAMOLED screen with a WQXGA-plus resolution (2960x1848 pixels) at 240 pixels per inch and a 120Hz refresh rate. The largest iPad Pro at the moment is 12.9 inches with a 2732x2048-pixel resolution at 264 ppi.
For work and play
The Ultra definitely veers into laptop territory, especially when its backlit keyboard cover is attached. However, when it comes to video chat, this'll blow away any laptop. It has dual 12-megapixel cameras with intelligent auto-framing software that sounds like a competitor to Apple's Center Stage. The Ultra also has three mics with noise-cancellation and quad speakers.
The Ultra brought friends
Also with the Tab S8 Ultra, Samsung will have a 12.4-inch Tab S8 Plus and 11-inch Tab S8. The Plus has a WQXGA-plus (2800x1752) sAMOLED display like the Ultra, while the regular Tab S8 has a WQXGA (2560x1600) LED panel. Both are capable of 120Hz refresh rates, though. Also, unlike the Ultra, these have just one 12-megapixel ultrawide front-facing camera.
Samsung made the tablets from what it calls Armor Aluminum. Compared to the Galaxy Tab S7, they are 30% more scratch-resistant and 40% less prone to bending.
Dual cameras on back
On the rear of each tablet, you'll find a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus and a 6-megapixel ultrawide camera. There's a flash, too.
S Pen included
All three models will have an S Pen in the box. However, only the Ultra and S8 Plus will have a new, updated S Pen with ultra-low latency that Samsung says mimics gliding a pen across paper.
Pricing and availability
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will be available for preorder beginning Feb. 9 in graphite and starting at $1,100.
The Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and S8 will also be available for preorder on Feb. 9 in graphite, silver and pink gold, starting at $900 for S8 Plus and $700 for the S8.