Google Pixel Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: Polar opposites

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May 15, 2023

There aren’t all that many good Android tablets on the market, but with the release of the Pixel Tablet, Google finally has some skin in the game. So how does it match up against the leading Samsung Tab S8? Here’s our full Google Pixel Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 comparison to help you find out which one is right for you!

Google Pixel Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: At a glance

The Pixel Tablet is cheaper than all Galaxy Tab S8 models.
The Galaxy Tab S8 is more powerful than the Pixel Tablet.
The Pixel Tablet comes with a dock, the Galaxy Tab S8 comes with a stylus.
The Galaxy Tab S8 is the same size as the Pixel Tablet, but the Tab S8 Plus and Tab S8 Ultra are larger.
The Pixel Tablet is Wi-Fi only, the Tab S8 lineup comes in both Wi-Fi and 5G configurations.
All Galaxy Tab S8 models have larger batteries and faster charging.

Pixel Tablet vs Galaxy Tab S8: Specs

 Google Pixel TabletSamsung Galaxy Tab S8

Display10.95-inch LCD
16:10 aspect ratio
2,560 x 1,600 resolution
60Hz refresh rate
276ppi
Galaxy Tab S8
11-inch LCD
2,560 x 1,600
276ppi
120Hz refresh rate
276ppi

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
12.4-inch AMOLED
2,800 x 1,752
266ppi
120Hz refresh rate
266ppi

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
14.6-inch AMOLED
2,960 x 1,848
240ppi
120Hz refresh rate
240ppi

ProcessorTensor G2
Titan M2 security coprocessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM8GB RAMGalaxy Tab S8/ S8 Plus
8GB RAM

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
8/12/16GB RAM

Storage128GB/256GB
No expandable storageGalaxy Tab S8/S8 Plus
128/256GB
microSD card support

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
128/256/512GB
microSD card support

Power7,020mAh battery
15W charging when attached to dock
15W charging when using USB-C cableGalaxy Tab S8
8,000mAh battery
45W charging

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
10,090mAh battery
45W charging

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
11,200mAh battery
45W charging

CamerasRear:
– 8MP wide

Front:
– 8MP wideRear:
– 13MP main with AF
– 6MP ultrawide

Front:
– 12MP main fixed focus
– 12MP secondary ultrawide (Tab S8 Ultra only)

Audio3 far-field microphones
4-speaker stereo soundDolby Atmos support
Quadruple stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
3 microphones

ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
2×2 MIMO, simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.2
Ultra-Wideband chipWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
5G support (optional)

BiometricsPower button fingerprint scannerSide-mounted fingerprint scanner (Tab S8)
In-display fingerprint scanner (Tab S8 Plus and Ultra)
Face recognition

Ports and switchesUSB-C 3.2 Gen 2
4-pin accessory connector for dockUSB-C 3.2

SoftwarePixel UI
Android 13
3 Android updates
5 years of security updatesAndroid 13
One UI 5.1
4 Android updates
5 years of security updates

Dimensions and weight258 x 169 x 8.1mm
493gGalaxy Tab S8
253.8 x 165.4 x 6.3mm
507g

Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
285 x 185 x 5.7mm
567g

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
326.4 x 208.6 x 5.5mm
728g

Although they’re both tablets, the Google Pixel Tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 have different use cases. Both are capable tablets for streaming, web browsing, and apps, but the Pixel Tablet dock makes it a better smart hub and display, while the Galaxy Tab S8’s ecosystem of accessories make it a better productivity device.