The idea of using a tablet for mobile work is not a new one. For workers lugging heavy laptop bags and businesses seeking to provide employees with flexible technology for working remotely, sleek powerful tablets hold a lot of appeal. But for a tablet to be your go-to device for important parts of your workday, it has to tick a lot of boxes.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ and S8 Ultra do just that, combining PC-like performance with smart multitasking features that make for a powerful productivity tool, whether you are on the go or at a desk connecting to a monitor.
Samsung has been refining its business-focused tablet line for some time. The original Galaxy Tab S, released back in 2014, was its first foray into designing an Android tablet specifically for business multitasking. Over the years, it hasn’t stopped innovating, adding an advanced S Pen, compatibility with Samsung DeX, and boosting storage, memory and battery life.
With the Tab S8, Samsung has expanded the range to three models. This includes the 11-inch Tab S8 and 12.4-inch S8+ as well as the S8 Ultra, which boasts a 14.6-inch screen while retaining the thin, light form factor.
There are also big improvements like the advanced 2-in-1 Bookcover, providing a full size keyboard, and which is available for all three Tab S8 variants, while a backlit edition is available on the Ultra only. All three also offer a wide-angle front-facing cameras and integrated video calling.
The S8 line also recognizes the unique connectivity needs a business might have, with support for Wi-Fi 6E in the Tab S8 and S8 Ultra, and 5G in the Tab S8+, which comes in two models — the 5G edition offering both Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity.
For a deeper dive, here are 10 reasons to replace your laptop with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ or S8 Ultra:
1. A bigger display to show your products and ideas
With remote and hybrid work on the rise, having an effective work setup wherever you may be logging in from has never been more paramount. With a 14.5-inch display that’s larger than what’s available on most notebooks, the Tab S8 Ultra certainly meets that criteria. Add in the 12Hz sAMOLED display that guarantees sharp contrast and color quality, and you won’t miss a beat, even on the go.
Laptops might be the primary office companion for some, but tablets offer a new world of features for those looking to tackle productivity outside the office. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range allows you to replace your laptop with a tablet, so you can enjoy a lightweight, portable solution with the processing power to move you through your day.
2. Maximize productivity with customizable Multi-Window layouts
Many of us spend our workdays juggling between tasks like responding to email messages, entering data into business applications and managing key performance indicators on a web-based dashboard. This becomes harder when you have to jump in and out of each application all the time.
The Galaxy Tab 8 lineup goes beyond the fixed layouts of the S7 line with four diverse, Multi-Window layouts. This makes it easy to be participating in a video call while taking notes at the same time, or showing images of a product to a customer with a payment application for when they’re ready to take the next step. You can adjust the height and width of each layout to create the ultimate personalized workspace.
Of course, multitasking isn’t just about doing more than one thing at a time, but working with accuracy and precision. This is where Drag and Split comes in, allowing you to show the current page of an app and then new content in a split view. Making quick visual checks like this can help keep your projects moving forward.
With the large, high-resolution 120Hz sAMOLED displays on all Tab S8 models, you can work hard without straining your eyes.
3. Processor power to handle the most demanding business applications
If the Galaxy Tab S8 is going to replace your laptop, it needs powerful internals to match.
The upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is faster than its predecessors, providing the performance necessary to those run bandwidth-intensive apps in real-time. You can also get up to 256GB of storage on the S8 Ultra, which can even be extended to 1TB with microSD.
4. Transform your tablet into a PC-like productivity experience with Samsung DeX
You don’t need to forfeit the experience of a full desktop when you use a tablet. Samsung DeX allows you to use your tablet like a traditional PC — with access to multiple windows, drag and drop functionality and more.
Either connect any Tab S8 to a monitor using a USB-C cable or wirelessly cast to any Miracast-enabled TV. DeX also makes working with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) applications more intuitive than ever, connecting to your virtual desktop PC from practically anywhere.
DeX also supports app window transparency as a normal mode and provides both a portrait or landscape mode.
5. Digital note-taking and drawing to replace paper processes
Here’s something you can’t do on a traditional laptop: Draw, write and take notes, all with an included S Pen. Sketching ideas and annotating PDFs is a breeze in the updated Samsung Notes app. With speeds of 2.8ms on the Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra, the S Pen is now even faster than before, with almost zero latency.
Samsung’s smart stylus stores and charges directly on the back of the Tab S8 so that you never lose it. You can even use the S Pen to navigate presentations with an in-air mouse.
6. Speedy connectivity wherever your workday takes you
The rise of hybrid work models means you might be doing your job at home as much as the office. The Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Ultra ensure you can stay connected with Wi-Fi 6E for a reliable mobile experience.
For those who need flexible connectivity for productivity anywhere, the Tab S8+ offers both Wi-Fi 6 and 5G that’s faster and more secure than ever. No matter what kind of work you’re doing, you’ll be able to blaze through it with uninterrupted service.
7. Keyboard usability that feels like you’re working on a PC
A touchscreen is great for being productive on the go, but what happens when you want to sit down and edit a document or make a slideshow?
The S8 Ultra’s 2-in-1 Bookcover Keyboard provides the same keyboard functions as a PC with a full-size, backlit keyboard, which has convenient shortcuts for DeX and your favorite apps. You can even wirelessly share the keyboard between your tablet and your phone.
The Bookcover also offers various standing modes optimized for different uses, like creating versus presenting content. Enjoy the convenience of having your screen automatically turn on or off when you open or close the cover.
8. A camera to enhance and bring convenience to video calls
We’re now as likely to be gathering for meetings on screen as we are in a boardroom, so the way we present ourselves and see each other on video needs to be as professional as possible.
S8 devices all feature large screens that lend themselves to an immersive experience. Every Galaxy Tab S8 model also features an ultra-wide front-facing camera with auto framing, which even works in dynamic situations. A three-way microphone and noise cancellation capabilities will improve your sound quality.
Samsung is also offering higher-quality integrated video calling thanks to partnerships with leading platforms such as Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Google Duo and Microsoft Teams.
9. Agile controls that eliminate any awkward fumbling with your tablet
Laptop PCs may be portable, but you usually need both hands to type on them or perform most other functions. The same has been true on many mobile devices — until the Galaxy Tab S8.
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You can use One-Handed Mode to adjust the display and layout of your device with one hand while leaving the other free to gesture, carry items or perform other tasks. Once One-Handed Mode has been enabled, you’ll be able to turn it on with a simple toggle or swipe for easy access. The One-Handed Mode user interface can also be moved around your device or resized for optimum productivity.
10. Continuity to seamlessly share content across your entire Galaxy
E-mailing files or images from your phone to your PC is annoying. So is having to constantly connect and then reconnect accessories like ear buds.
The benefits of switching to the Tab S8 lineup include full continuity with other Samsung Galaxy devices. That way, you can instantly access Samsung Notes content from a Galaxy Z Fold3 on your S8 Ultra, or set it up as a second screen. Your Galaxy Buds2 will also easily switch between a Tab S8 and other Galaxy devices.
Ready to switch to a tablet, but not sure the Tab S8 is the right choice for you? Take this free, quick assessment to match your business needs with the ideal tool for the job. and see how you can get the most out of Samsung DeX on your Galaxy tablet.