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Please treat the 2021 Tab S8/S30 like a FLAGSHIP

(Topic created on: 21-08-2020 10:01 PM)

It is my understanding that asking for any changes of the current Tab S7 or S7+ is a wasted effort. As such, since we have a full year, I would like to make one simple ideological request of Samsung for their next flagship tablet(s). 


Please treat the 2021 Tab S8/S30(+, Ultra, Pro) like a FLAGSHIP. 


When I say flagship, I'm referring to the Galaxy S Series and the Galaxy Note Series. There are 3 basic criteria in doing that:


  1. Pairity in hardware with flagship phones. That means the same System on a Chip (SoC), same amount of RAM and same or better UFS memory configurations. 
  2. Pairity in software with flagship phones. That means timely Operating System upgrades (not 5-6 months down the line and after A series phones but only a couple months after the S and Note Series) and MONTHLY security patches (not quarterly, not bimonthly, but every single month).
  3. Pairity in included peripherals in the box. That means including the proper charging brick for the Wattage the device supports, not the QC 2.0 brick FROM 2014.


That's it. I'm NOT asking for an ingress protection rating nor the most fantastic camera system with quadruple lenses and great lowlight performance. I would like the 10 MP selfie camera found on literally every other Samsung device as a replacement for the 8 MP selfie camera currently used, but that's a very cheap component and not an expensive upgrade. The point is, I would like a Samsung tablet that is on par or better in performance than the phone it accompanies. If that means it costs more, then it costs more. I'd rather have a flagship tablet that people can splurge on and get the best possible experience rather than a watered down one to hit a price point. 


You can also look at it this way:


  • Make the Tab S8/S30 (+,Ultra, Pro) the tablet version of the Note 21/30 Ultra/+/Pro.


For reference, the Tab S6 WAS NOT the tablet version of the Note 10/+. It was closer to the Galaxy A90 5G, in that it had an inferior AMOLED panel, multiple RAM configurations depending on which storage size you bought, and they both got the MIDRANGER software experience, as in quarterly security patches and late upgrades to One UI 2.0 in April 2020 rather than January. 


As of now, the Tab S7+ isn't getting the flagship treatment. I tried my best to see at least the 5G variant, coming in a whopping £1000+ (FOR ONLY 128GB), be treated like the S20 or Note 20, with 12GB of RAM instead of 8GB, MONTHLY security patches instead of QUARTERLY, and get the 45 Watt charger it supports in the box instead of the E-waste 15 Watt charger it comes with. But, c'est la vie. 


I'm personally tired of seeing the S moniker being tacked onto what is essentially A series devices and would like a tablet that isn't less powerful than my phone. If Apple users can get that with the iPad, what's your excuse Samsung? 


That's it. Any users disagree? Anyone want to speak up and say how we should pay more and get less?


I do more or less agree with you, the S-Series is a flagship and should be treated as such on all accounts.


In regard to point one: I disagree that it should be exactly the same, but it should be simular. The SOC in this case is better which is kinda strange. 

In regard to point two: I completely agree here, I was (negatively) surprised to see that it's in the quarterly updates section.  This is especially a must for a business oriented productivity flagship device. 

3: Once again, I completely agree there :smiling-face:


I do think that a 25W charger would be just fine, but that's more due to the quicker decaying of the batteries of the 45W is used. 


That said, great feedback! 😁



First Poster

Completely agree.

I was going to buy the s7 plus instead of a laptop but the 8 GB of ram seems too low . I want to use the device for atleast 3-5 years



I hope for 12gb of ram minimum 256gb of storage keep the micro sd support (the lack of micro sd card slot stopped me even considering the S21) and 2 usb connections not really bothered about 3.5 headphone jack.
Would be good if the keyboard covers from the same size s7/s7+ were compatible with s8 models in the same sizes.