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screenrant.com Oppo Pad Vs. Galaxy Tab S8: How The Two Android Tablets Compare

Oppo's first Android tablet is uninspiringly called the Oppo Pad, and while it packs features typically found on high-end tablets, how does it compare to Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8? Oppo has been expanding its product categories in recent times. After spending years making phones, its product portfolio includes smartwatches, fitness trackers, and even AR smart glasses. Now, the company appears ready to take on Samsung and Apple in the tablet space.

The tablet market has started to pick up pace again and several manufacturers who had not released a tablet in years, or ever, are now attempting to capitalize on the renewed interest. As an example, Xiaomi stopped making tablets in 2018 but announced new models in 2021. While the Android tablet market has left a lot to be desired in the experience department, that may change soon with Android 12L and the improvements it offers to large-screen devices.

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screenrant.com Oppo Pad Vs. Galaxy Tab S8: How The Two Android Tablets Compare

The Oppo Pad has a design that's reminiscent of the 2020 iPad Air. The edges are flat, the button placements similar, and there's a single camera on the back. Oppo attempts to make it look different by going with a unique rear finish. When compared to the physical appearance of the Galaxy Tab S8 , the only similarity is the 11-inch screen size. The Galaxy Tab S8 has two rear cameras, all of its buttons are on one side, and it includes antenna lines across the rear top and bottom. It also has an aluminum back and comes in Silver, Pink Gold, and Graphite. The Oppo Pad is covered in glass with a matte finish and can be purchased in Black, Purple, and in a special Artist Edition.

Oppo And Samsung Differences

Save for the 11-inch 2560 × 1600 LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the rest of the specifications are very different. The Oppo Pad is powered by the Snapdragon 870 processor which isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 inside the Galaxy Tab S8. Samsung not only equips its tablet with Qualcomm's most powerful chipset, it also ships it with 8GB of RAM and 128GB (or 256GB) of storage. Not to mention, there's the option to expand the storage further via a dedicated microSD card slot. Oppo's tablet comes with 6GB of RAM along with 128GB or 256GB. While there is also an 8GB RAM version with 256GB storage, none of the Oppo Pad models support storage expansion. Both tablets have quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, and both are missing audio jacks.

The Oppo Pad comes with an 8MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear camera with an LED flash. In contrast, the Galaxy Tab S8 has a 12MP front-facing ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view. The rear camera setup consists of a 13MP main and a 6MP ultrawide angle. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S series is known for having a stylus and the Tab S8 is no different. Surprisingly, the Oppo Pad also has a stylus (sold separately), aptly named the Oppo Pencil. It comes in white, supports touch gestures (tap to switch tool), and charges wirelessly when placed on the side of the tablet. The usual connectivity features are included but OPPO's tablet isn't available as a 5G version, unlike the Galaxy Tab S8. It also doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, opting to rely on Face Unlock instead. While it does pack a greater capacity battery at 8,360mAh (versus 8,000mAh), it charges comparably slower at 18W compared to the 45 watts that Samsung advertises. If it's any consolation, Oppo does include a power brick in the box, unlike Samsung.

With its more powerful chipset, better cameras, support for storage expansion, included stylus, and faster charging, the Galaxy Tab S8 is clearly the better tablet. It also runs Android 12, unlike the Oppo Pad that ships with Android 11. However, the Oppo Pad does feature a greater battery capacity and comes with a power adapter. More importantly, its biggest advantage is the price tag considering the price starts at CNY 2299 (~$363). This is significantly less than the Galaxy Tab S8 which starts at $699. Unfortunately, the Oppo Pad is exclusive to China whereas Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 is sold in several regions. On that point, some of Oppo's products do make it to the global scene under the OnePlus brand. It has already been reported that a OnePlus tablet will launch in the first half of 2022, so it is possible a version of theOppo Pad could be launched elsewhere soon.

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