People as such Android tablets? It’s a strange world that Samsung’s latest news brings us. The company made its Galaxy Tab S8 line available for pre-order last week, and now Samsung says the tablet has become so popular that it has had to stop taking pre-orders.
XDA Developers noticed that pre-orders have closed for some models and received the following message from Samsung:
We are thrilled with the consumer response to our new Galaxy Tab S8 line. Due to high demand in the last 48 hours, we are suspending pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and Galaxy Tab S8 on Samsung.com. We are working quickly to meet consumer excitement and demand. Please stay tuned for more updates
Samsung released three models of the S8 last week: the base model Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra. Only the Tab S8+ is still on sale, with the $699 Tab S8 and $1,099 Ultra model listed as “sold out.”
The Ultra model is a giant 14.6-inch tablet that made headlines with its unique slim-bezel design and a Macbook-Pro-style display notch for its front-facing camera. Other models have a more traditional tablet design. The flagship features of the Tab S8 line are the Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 SoC, 8GB of RAM, high-quality screens and aluminum bodies.
There’s no obvious reason why the Tab S8 is suddenly so popular. Other than the camera hole, Samsung’s Tab S8 lineup doesn’t differ much from the Tab S7 lineup that launched in 2020. Samsung has decided not to update the Tab S line in 2021, which suggests it won’t be a big seller. The company says the shortage is due to increased sales, but it could simply be problems at the supply chain. According to IDC, Samsung is the second largest tablet maker after Apple and has 20 percent of the market.
Google is hoping for a renaissance of Android tablets with the launch of Android 12L in March and an increase in tablet apps. We haven’t seen the ramifications in the market yet, but many OEMs, including Samsung, are showing renewed commitment to Android tablets.
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