Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: Price, availability in Singapore

Also three tablets



It’s not just the Samsung Galaxy S22 series that’s coming to Singapore. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Tab S8 series featuring tablets in three sizes — 14.6″, 12.4″, and 11″.

Price and availability

Local pricing has yet to be announced. However, pre-order period will start February 9, 2022 at 11PM. Those who pre-order the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G will get the Book Cover Keyboard (SG$ 548) and Portable SSD T5 500GB (SG$ 109). Meanwhile, those who pre-order the Galaxy Tab S8 or Tab S8+ will get a pair of Galaxy Buds Live (SG$ 288).

Availability is on March 4, 2022 at local telecomm operators (M1, Singtel, StarHub), Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung Official Lazada and Shopee, and major consumer electronics and IT stores.

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.


Qualcomm leaks when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will launch

Or did they?



Amid the hype surrounding every major release, Qualcomm usually launches the next Snapdragon generation relatively around the same time — during the annual Snapdragon Summit. However, the dates for each summit aren’t always the same. Luckily, Snapdragon might have eradicated much of the guessing game for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 this year by accidentally leaking when the summit is.

As spotted by GSMArena, Qualcomm’s official website posted a schedule for this year’s upcoming Snapdragon Summit. The posted schedule pegs the event from November 14 to 17. Unless the company has dramatically different plans this year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will likely launch during the event.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm already noticed the mistake and deleted the schedule from the site. Deleting the post can mean anything, though. One can easily assume that Qualcomm is truly holding the event during those dates. However, one can also assume that Qualcomm’s dates were wrong, and the company will issue a revision later on.

That said, the November dates are surprising. Qualcomm usually launches the next Snapdragons in December. The leaked dates are early, to say the least. If they are happening early, smartphones with the upcoming chipset might come out earlier than next year, too.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

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Arm has unveiled its first GPU to have ray tracing

Introducing the Immortalis-G715



It was only a matter of time before smartphones caught up with the latest in gaming technology. However, smartphone chips have really put pedal to the metal, catching up to modern consoles at an unprecedented clip. Arm has unveiled a new GPU that can deliver ray tracing to Android phones.

Introduced a few years ago, ray tracing revitalized how lighting is presented. Whenever you see shining light react to an object or a person in a game, that’s ray tracing at work. However, it’s still such a technology-intensive feature limited to capable devices. Regardless, a lot of AAA games already have ray tracing available in in-game settings.

Mobile games are about to get the same treatment. Revealed recently, Arm’s Immortalis-G715 GPU chip can deliver the same capabilities using up to 16 cores. It also promises up to 15 percent better performance from the previous generation.

Of note, Arm already introduced software-based ray tracing in the past. However, with the new Immortalis-G715, the company can now focus on hardware-based tracing, pushing the feature to more users. Likewise, Samsung has also announced the same capabilities in the Exynos 2200 series.

Smartphones are slowly moving towards games capable of the same feats as console games. Now, it’s only a matter of waiting for developers to create mobile games with the feature.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

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Pokémon Go creator is launching an NBA game

Hoop all over the world



When it first released, Pokémon Go got everyone to go out and take walks. Naturally, the pandemic halted outdoor walks in the interest of safety. As the world slowly moves back into normalcy, Niantic, the game’s developer, wants to take players outdoors once again. This time, the developer is trading the Pokémon franchise for another equally popular one, the NBA.

Niantic has officially announced that it is developing a new AR game based on the basketball lifestyle. NBA All World is exactly how you’d imagine a basketball game would play if you took it out on the streets.

Players will duke it out against other players and real-world NBA players (controlled by the AI). The game will essentially turn the entire world into a basketball-themed playground where everyone can collect new gear, power-ups, and players. Imagine a larger version of the in-game lobby in 2K’s MyCareer mode.

Much like Niantic’s other games, players can dominate and own courts all over the world — like Pokémon Go’s gyms. Mechanics will also use the studio’s swiping gameplay. Further, in terms of location-based gameplay, players can access an NBA player’s story in their hometowns.

Unfortunately, Niantic did not show a lot of the upcoming game yet. However, we’re not in for a long wait. The developer expects that the new game will come out in time for the next NBA season.

SEE ALSO: NBA 2K22 co-op review: Changing for the better

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