Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: Price, availability in the Philippines

Fancy a Samsung tablet?



In addition to launching their flagship smartphones, Samsung also officially launched their Galaxy Tab S8 Series. It’s also a set of three featuring Tablets in different sizes — 14.6″, 12.4″, and 11″.

Price and availability

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G — PhP 77,990
Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G — PhP 63,990
Galaxy Tab S8 5G — PhP 49,990
Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi — PhP 41,990

Pre-order period is from February 11 to March 3, 2022. It starts on February 9 on the Samsung Online Store. Meanwhile, it starts on February 10 on the following stores: 

  • Samsung Authorized Dealers
  • Lazada
  • Shopee
  • MemoXpress Online

Those who pre-order will get the ultimate productivity bundle worth up to PhP 32,723. This includes the following:

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G

  • Book Cover Keyboard — PhP 17,599
  • Galaxy Buds Pro — PhP 9,990

Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G

  • Book Cover Keyboard Slim — PhP 8,099
  • Galaxy Buds Live — PhP 7,990

Galaxy Tab S8 5G or Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi

  • Book Cover Keyboard Slim — PhP 7,099
  • Galaxy Buds2 — PhP 6,990

All bundles include the following (worth PhP 5,134):

  • One Year personal subscription to Microsoft 365
  • One Year subscription to VIU Premium
  • Four Months subscription to YouTube Premium

Display and power

For display, the starting Tab S8 features an 11-inch LTPS TFT screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution. Meanwhile, the Tab S8+ will have a 12.4-inch sAMOLED screen with 2800 x 1752 resolution. Finally, the Tab S8 Ultra will sport a 14.6-inch screen sAMOLED screen with 2960 x 1848 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.

The series will sport the new Exynos 2200 chipset. While the two starting models — the Galaxy Tab S8 and the S8+ — will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, the Tab S8 Ultra will have up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. All three models are compatible for storage expansion up to 1TB more through a microSD slot.

For battery, the starting model will have an 8000mAh battery. The second model will have a 10090mAh battery. Finally, the Tab S8 Ultra will have a sizable 11200mAh battery. They all support 45W super-fast charging which can charge the series to full in only around 90 minutes.

Shooting and productivity

Either side of the devices can shoot up to 4K video with powerful rear cameras and ultra-wide front cameras. Inside, the tablets have LumaFusion’s editing tools which can optimize videos for both content creators and streamers.

The tablets feature an improved multi-window mode, allowing users to multitask their different tasks throughout the day. Additionally, the series sports the S Pen with ultra-low latency and an exclusive partnership with Clip Studio Paint.

The Tab S8 series will use repurposed ocean-bound plastic within its components.


Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier



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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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ROG Phone 6 shows off its design ahead of launch

Featuring a second screen



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In a few weeks, ASUS is unveiling the ROG Phone 6. The next generation of gaming smartphone promises stellar performance packed inside a sharp design. Naturally, the power inside the phone isn’t a gigantic surprise, given what’s already out in the market today. However, figuring out what it will look like is always a treat. Now, a short time before the official launch, the ROG Phone 6 makes a small debut elsewhere, revealing the phone’s drip.

Recently, the phone popped up on TENAA. As with most filings, the entry comes with a set of photos that reveal both the front and the rear of the coming device. While the new device does share some similarities with its past siblings, the ROG Phone 6 has its own unique appeal.

Like the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, the new phone will have a secondary screen on its rear. However, while the former looks sleek and smooth, the latter has a more industrial charm, paired with a larger camera island. It looks like something from Guardians of the Galaxy, as opposed to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate’s Iron-Man glam. That said, the new phone still looks interesting.

In terms of hardware, the phone is expected to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, 16GB of RAM, and 6000mAh of battery life. ASUS is launching the phone on July 5.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 6 will launch in July

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

Step up your game



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The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.


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