Back in September, a vivo phone with the upcoming Snapdragon 898 ran Geekbench, but that early result seemed hobbled by low clock speeds. Now Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8+ has had a go and the result is looking better, though possibly still not fully final yet.
The run was done by the Samsung SM-X808U – decoding the model number suggests this is the Tab S8+ with 5G for the US. It was equipped with 8 GB of RAM and was running Android 12 (not 12L by the looks of it, but that may be a wrong identification by the benchmark).
The score shows 1,211 points on single-core and 3,193 points on multi-core. For comparison, the Galaxy S22+ with Exynos 2200 run from earlier showed 1,073 points single and 3,389 points on multi-core. Both chipsets are fabbed in the same foundries (Samsung 4 nm) and will have nearly identical CPU make-up – one prime Cortex-X2, three Cortex-A710 and for A510.
Note that the X2 in the Exynos test wasn’t running at its peak speed, so these early comparisons are not particularly informative (it that case, as with the vivo, the issue seems to have been a conservative, power-saving governor). The 898 appears to have been running at the expected clocks – 3.0 GHz for the prime core, 2.5 GHz for the mid-cores and 1.8 GHz for the small ones.
We’ll have to wait longer until reliable benchmarks appear to compare the two new flagship chips for Android (and don’t forget the Dimensity 2000), as well as talk about generational improvements over the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100.
For now, here’s a quick refresher on the leaked specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+. It will have a 12.4” OLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 898 (an Exynos version is TBD), RAM will be fixed at 8 GB, storage will come in 128 GB and 256 GB options. The tablet will draw power from a 10,090 mAh battery that will support 45W fast charging. There will be a 13+5 MP camera on rear, under-display fingerprint reader on the front and quad speakers on the side.
A vanilla Tab S8 as well as a Tab S8 Ultra are in the works too. They are expected to be unveiled in January or February, possibly alongside the Galaxy S22 (and possibly not).